I will wake up at three AM
And I will roll over
Into your arms.
You will rub my back
Until I fall back to sleep.
I will wait for that.
In the imagined terrain of Mirch Masala, in some ways, the women metaphorically blind “the male gaze” which looked upon them as a hot spice. In the ﬁnal succession of shots, the Subedar is brought to his knees, reminiscent of Sonbai’s ﬁrst encounter with him, when full of his power as a man and a representative of the colonial power, he had ﬂirted with Sonbai; at the level of metaphor, the women destroy the power of his lustful gaze, at least temporarily.
[And] amid slow dissolves of showers of red chili powder and the Subedar screaming in pain, Sonbai with her sickle stands still in the foreground. In the rather abrupt concluding freeze-frame shot, she is seen in a medium close-up shot with the sickle in her hand. Perhaps Ketan Mehta wants us to see Sonbai as the leader of a successful rebellion. But the last image demands of the viewer further questions about the issues of power relations that govern women’s lives. The successful act of resistance of the women does not end here. The use of the chili powder has helped them recognize themselves as powerful agents who have only just begun their work. The sickle in Sonbai’s hand reinscribes the past history of similar peasant struggles onto the concluding freeze frame.
—BEHEROZE F. SHROFF Chili Peppers as Tools of Resistance: Ketan Mehta’s Mirch Masala
Racism is like a Cadillac, they bring out a new model every year.
- Malcolm X
the best thing is when the sleeves of your sweater are long enough to cover your hands
nobody talks about how that’s so raven was such a progressive show and it’s weird bc people will meta a sneeze
- there was Black girl lead who was allowed to act out the full range of human emotions even though it was just a cheesy kid’s comedy
- raven had another Black friend (which is unheard of on tv, but pretty normal in rl)
- her family was a focal point and we knew all about her homelife and didn’t have to assume anything (which is also unheard of with Black characters)
- she wasn’t stick thin and they acknowledged that without shaming her/girls like her or shaming girls who were stick thin
- she was doing comedy that didn’t rely on stereotypes
- her comedy is very physical which Black female comedians often times aren’t allowed to pull off. Black girls are only considered funny if they’re sticking to sassy neck rolling jokes (while still being considered unfunny because no one can relate to those jokes)
- they let her do “Black girl stuff”, she clearly liked to dance and listen to rnb and they didn’t put tons of restrictions on the way she talked like she used AAE and it was cool
- raven wasn’t the token POC
- she had friends who she cared about and cared about her equally
- she was a well-adjusted happy kid and i know there’s nothing wrong with going through difficult situations and struggling, but that almost always the case with Black girls in the media. they let her be a kid which girls of color, especially Black girls never get to do
- raven was a teenage girl who was the lead of a comedy that dealt with the paranormal. obviously it wasn’t a villain of the week show and she wasn’t solving mysteries all the time but there’s not many supernatural comedies to begin with. for a genre that tends to exclude women in general and WOC even more to have her deal with the paranormal in comedic way is progressive enough
and it was one of disney’s most successful original series to date. hmmm.