Last post I talked about my optimism toward 2014, when people will become empowered through technology. One thing I am sick of hearing is, “I don’t see any ____s on TV, so I don’t watch TV.” Some days you can’t turn around without hearing it. Usually someone points out to the person complaining that there are Asians, Christians, female welders, amputees — whatever the original complaint is about — on TV and maybe they should try watching before they complain. You don’t want to watch? More power to you. But that remark is how we get to the heart of the matter. It’s not that there are no ____s on TV, it’s that there’s a lack of interesting ____s on TV.
Maybe I’m weird and most people need a character to resemble them to like them. They could complain to Disney until they have the princess of their design, but it’ll likely be a long wait because Disney has no obligation to produce your dream princess. What’s a person who desperately wants their daughter to see a left-handed Sikh princess with a magical nematode symbiote to do?
They don’t need to spend the rest of their life demanding Disney make that princess anymore. They might find there is a group that creates art around left-handed Sikh women with a magical nematode symbiote. They might commission an artist to draw the Sikh princess wielding a khanda left-handed while her nematode sidekick shields her. Perhaps they’ve got some artistic talent of their own and self-publish a comic, netting a larger audience for the adventures of Princess Satkiran and her symbiote. Maybe they have zero talent, but come across webisodes of Princess Livdeep and a magical iguana she bonds with telepathically. Just watching will up Livdeep’s creator’s exposure and if the parent has some money to spare, they might donate to keep the series going.
To all talented FFF readers, I challenge you to change the culture. Tired of the fat person being the comic relief? Let’s see you do it better. I’d love to share your work with the rest of the FFF audience. But wait, that’s a big failing of conservatives. Someone calls themselves a conservative artist, poorly Photoshops some AP images, slaps some text on it, and expects all conservatives to love their “art.” It’s not enough to have art that meets an agenda, it has to be art that people want to consume. I hate country music. I don’t care how pro-Constitution the lyrics are, I’m not buying the album. But a rock band that sings about breaking the bonds of tyranny? I’m all over it.
To amend my statement, I’d love to share interesting fat characters with any audience because that is how you change the culture.