There is literally nothing better than a sexy, badass lady.
CHING MOTHERFUCKING SHIH
This lady was such a badass, I can’t count the ways, but let’s try.
She got married to an already successful pirate, Zheng Yi, and took over when he died. She was crazy strict to keep an iron fist over her fleet of pirates, and the punishments for stepping out of line were brutal. If you stole or looted from a town that provided assistance or tribute to the pirate fleet, Ching would chop your fucking head off with a battle axe and dump your lifeless body in the ocean. If you stole from the pirate treasury, or she thought you were stealing from the pirate treasury, Ching would chop your fucking head off dump your lifeless body in the ocean. Raping any captured female prisoners was punishable by immediate death. Fuck, if you had consensual sex while on duty you got your head chopped off and the woman was chucked off the boat no matter where they were at. Ching wasn’t fucking around, and she wanted to make damn sure you weren’t fucking around when you should have been working.
Two years after she took over, she got so notorious for ransacking towns and taking taxes on them that she pissed off the entire Chinese government, and sent out a massive fleet to bring her in line. Most pirates probably would’ve said this was out of their pay grade and taken off to hide out or ransack some other country.
Ching Shih said fuck that.
She not only faced them head on, she wiped the floor with them, killing hundreds and capturing sixty-something ships from the Imperial Fleet. Prisoners were given the choice of joining up or being executed on the spot. The Admiral of the Chinese navy, Kwo Lang, was so afraid of being captured by her or going back to admit he’d been beaten by her that he committed suicide.
For the next two years, Ching Shih not only kept on pirating, she fought off Chinese forces as well as Dutch and British warships that the navy called in to help. Finally the government gave up and offered her amnesty as well as amnesty for her then SEVENTEEN THOUSAND crewman. Ching Shih got to keep all her plunder, so she retired to the countryside where she opened up a brothel and lived until she was 69.
tldr: I’ve come to terms with the reality that I’ll never be as terrifyingly badass as this woman was.
i will be as badass as she
You know, I heard of her, but I’d either forgotten or never heard that she grew old and retired having never been brought down or defeated ever.
“I haven’t worn my Tiana cosplay since a group on tumblr tore me apart for “white-washing” her. It really hurts because her character is the only one I relate to, and helped me to push through when I was working two jobs and struggling to get through university. Now it just feels like I can’t even show my appreciation to her because there are ‘plenty of other princesses for me to dress up as’”
Why is it assumed that you have to have some kind of privilege to cosplay, even if you relate to the character? People of different skin colours don’t go through completely different things!
Are you actually suggesting that being African American is a privilege in order to cosplay Tiana? Do you understand what privilege even means in the context of racism? (hint: it’s the other way round!) Do you understand the significance of Tiana as the first ever black Disney princess? Nobody is saying that people of other races can’t relate to Tiana or admire her but instead of getting butthurt because a white person has been criticized for cosplaying a black character maybe stop and think about why. Race is the central issue here so stop making it about white people’s hurt feelings and the trivial fact that perhaps cosplaying a black character can cause a bad reaction.
This is…. a fictional character. It’s not like some white asshole dressed up as Martin Luther King because they felt as though they could relate to this person. It’s pretty much the same thing as when I cosplayed a female character. Not for “empowerment”. To have fun.
Yes I know Tiana is a fictional character, but what she represents is not fictional and the significance of her race should not be derailed by white cosplayers who are upset that they can’t cosplay her “for fun”. Us white folk already have like…..everything, can we not just leave something for P.O.C without kicking up a fuss about it about making it about “why can’t I…” because guess what, it’s not about you and the fun you want to have, it’s about respecting the fact that some ethnic groups have suffered erasure on a systematic scale throughout history so maybe, just maybe, seeing a white person cosplay a black character is a painful reminder of that!
Without Tiana I would have committed suicide. I was running two jobs to get through university, I was going days without eating. I was run into the ground and ready to give up. It was that movie that saved me. She s very special to me and I show that by cosplaying her. It not only signifies her importance to me but also me overcoming that difficult time in my life.
Yes, Disney under-represents POC. This should be sorted out. Yes, I acknowledge the significance as the first black Disney princess but I don’t see how wishing to wear her dress and style my hair in the same way as her means I’m denying that in any way.
If someone seeing me dressed up is painful to them then I am sorry, but how is that my responsibility, just because I am white?
I am very sorry for the issues you faced and of course it’s wonderful that Tiana inspired you and is therefore special to you. My comments were more directed at those who want to cosplay her just for fun but even if you’re cosplaying her for more personal reasons it is worth stopping to think of the impact that may have on certain groups of people. Surely it would be showing more empathy to instead have your picture taken with a black person cosplaying Tiana if you admire her (for example).
When I say that it’s more important to think of the bigger picture (in this case, race) I mean to just think beyond your own personal reasons for wanting to cosplay a character and instead think of what impact that may have as it’s one thing to admire something or someone but another thing to then take it for your own. This is recognizing what white privilege is all about and therefore it is your responsibility as a white person to make sure you’re not taking something from another culture whether it’s fictional or not because it all comes down to representation and the fact that historically white washing has been a major problem for P.O.C.
As a black person, you’re full of it. Cosplaying is FUN. It doesn’t not damage any racial identity. Who in the world are YOU to say what a person can or can not do with their cosplay? Just because a white woman dresses as Tiana does not change the fact Tiana is African American. It’s not this person’s responsibility that Hollywood neglects non-white lead roles. White people inspired by non-white characters is a good thing. We don’t get a lot of representation because media believes we don’t gain as much attention or profit as white characters. People like aboredlittlebitch would change how society views non-white people and we may get a fair chance will representation. This segregated attitude does not help racism, it increases it. Dressing as Tiana is not hurting anyone. Dressing as Tiana is not even cultural! Her outfits represent the fashion of 1920s America!
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Skin color should not limit a person to who they can cosplay; Black people can cosplay anyone, Hispanic people can cosplay anyone, Asian people can cosplay anyone, White people can cosplay anyone, a boy can cosplay anyone, a girl can cosplay anyone, everyone in between and beyond genders can cosplay anyone, a human can cosplay an animal, an animal can cosplay a human, ANYONE can cosplay ANYONE.
Even if you go professional and get as close to the character’s hair/gender/color/personality/whathaveyou as physically possible, SOMEONE WILL BE OFFENDED AND MAKE A BIG DEAL OUT OF HOW OFFENDED THEY ARE.
A decent person wouldn’t harass a kid if they wear the dress of a princess simply because they don’t have the right skin color, hair color, or gender, so WHY would they do the same thing to a teenager or an adult!?
Yes, there’s a time and place such as the cosplayer HAS to fit every criteria of the character for their job, but outside of it ANYTHING GOES.
If you’re having a bad night or are fond of a good fairy tale, here’s a handy-dandy masterpost with film, television, literary and musical adaptations of the more well-known stories, plus more. My apologies if any link is not high quality. Hugs!
Today was “bring your child to work day” here at the Disney Store home base. SO, I had the pleasure of showing a room full of kids how to draw Mickey Mouse. After all, it all started with a mouse. The above images are of the worksheet I sketched up for today’s lesson. I wanted to break it down and give a step by step approach on drawing Mickey (and Minnie). Taking it a step further and also a nod to my animation background, I wanted to show how to take the same basic principals and show them how to change it up. Is Mickey happy, sad, mad? How would that look? And, finally how to turn his head. They are quick sketches, but I think they helped get the point across. Maybe even you’ll give it a try! :)