The Haunting

Mel | 18 | she/her | infp-t | The haunting mainly | sometimes other stuff

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2021-04-08 14:41:41

    white people need to understand that all your posts about standing with us, and supporting us (us being poc as a collective) and whatever literally means fuck all if you don't do anything.

    are you ignoring posts about racism because the language is too aggressive? [see: the use of 'you' as opposed to 'we] are you only interacting with posts about racism written by white people? are you making these loud proclamations on your blogs (and tagging every damn shit in sight, which just looks performative as fuck and clogs up our tag; i don't CARE what you have to say as a white person, i literally don't!) just ease your own conscience and so you can appear woke?

    i can't tell you the amount of times i've scrolled past long ass essays on this app of white people now realizing their place on the racial hierarchy. in 2021. after how many information is out there, and how much theory and papers have been fucking handed to y'all. (this is about grown ass adults btw. there are 15 year olds on here who are more educated in these topics than y'all are, that shit's embarassing).

    i can't tell you how i annoyed i've gotten because it's the fucking equivalent to a white person crying in front of me because they realized that the world is racist.

    whoop de fucking doo, welcome to the real world. i don't really care if i sound rude because it's annoying and it does nothing for those of us of color on this site. it doesn't help us in anyway. and the worst is when y'all come onto OUR posts and post your white tears there. what the hell is that supposed to accomplish? what the fuck is the purpose? how does that help us in any way?

    and it kinda really pisses me off that those posts crying about realising that racism exists will get thousands of notes and that posts talking about actual racism, and how it works - especially in online spaces - written by actual people of colour, get a fraction of them with the added touch of harassment by the same white ppl btw, because we managed to hurt your little feelings.


    Many of the political attacks on trans people—whether it is a mandate that bathroom use be determined by birth sex, a blanket ban on medical interventions for trans kids or the suggestion that trans men are simply wayward women beguiled by male privilege—carry the same subtext: that trans people are mistaken about who they are. “We know who we are,” Page says. “People cling to these firm ideas [about gender] because it makes people feel safe. But if we could just celebrate all the wonderful complexities of people, the world would be such a better place.”

    Page was attracted to the role of Vanya in The Umbrella Academy because—in the first season, released in 2019—Vanya is crushed by self-loathing, believing herself to be the only ordinary sibling in an extraordinary family. The character can barely summon the courage to move through the world. “I related to how much Vanya was closed off,” Page says. Now on set filming the third season, co-workers have seen a change in the actor. “It seems like there’s a tremendous weight off his shoulders, a feeling of comfort,” says showrunner Steve Blackman. “There’s a lightness, a lot more smiling.” For Page, returning to set has been validating, if awkward at times. Yes, people accidentally use the wrong pronouns—“It’s going to be an adjustment,” Page says—but co-workers also see and acknowledge him.

    Whatever challenges might lie ahead, Page seems exuberant about playing a new spectrum of roles. “I’m really excited to act, now that I’m fully who I am, in this body,” Page says. “No matter the challenges and difficult moments of this, nothing amounts to getting to feel how I feel now.” This includes having short hair again. During the interview, Page keeps rearranging strands on his forehead. It took a long time for him to return to the barber’s chair and ask to cut it short, but he got there. And how did that haircut feel?

    Page tears up again, then smiles. “I just could not have enjoyed it more,” he says.

    for TIME Magazine › 2021
    interview by Katy Steinmetz, photography by Wynne Neil