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  • Where's your hairiest square inch?: my head
  • What helps you sleep?: An excellent cup of coffee
  • What's your biggest grammatical pet peeve?: loose for lose, heigth(sic) and "could of"
  • What is your sweetest taboo?: tormenting trolls on my local paper's comment thread
  • What piece of art would you steal?: Bill Reid's "Raven and the First Men"

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Jul 26 lauramae commented on Canadian Music Festival Bans Aboriginal Headdresses.
Hey #17, why don't you give #11 a read?

And yes, FNARF, thank you. Native people in general cannot wear head dresses either. It's ceremonial wear for specific people from specific tribes. Even all of the folks from tribes who use head dresses can't wear them. And no one who could would ever wear them as a hat to a concert.

If someone wore it out of context and outside of the tribal cultures that have them, and they claimed that it was okay because they were "part Native" would make that person just as much of a slug cultural appropriator as any non-Native fool who would wear it.

Jul 18 lauramae commented on KIRO Host Dave Ross Ties Himself in Knots Trying to Defend His Participation in The Mikado.
I think the question is perhaps, why keep doing The Mikado? It is, as has been stated, from a different time with different attitudes about Asian people. Brendan's summary of the intent of the play is also a great way to point out part of the problem:

"...the history of The Mikado, and the fact that it's set in Japan but its sights were really set on British social institutions, so it's not actually making fun of Japanese people. Or it's making fun of British people by way of making fun of Japanese people. (Which still raises some problems: "Us whites are as backwards, capricious, and savage as The Ethnics!" is not firm ground I'd choose to fight for.)"

Native American people see this sort of thing all of the time in popular culture and hear very similar sorts of arguments from people trying to defend "redface." A recent entertainment example would have been Johnny Depp's portrayal of the character Tonto in the movie last year. It was a remake of TV show that was part of an era of television and movies that was deeply problematic in its depiction of Native people. That era has shaped quite a lot of what non-Natives think they know and understand about Native people. Depp ostensibly made decisions about his portrayal to mock all of that. Instead it didn't come across that way but seemed very much a continuation of the same sort of perpetuation of stereotype.

The same issues came up about why Depp and not a Native actor. And also why would a Native actor want to even be a part of it. (And no, Depp is not all).

In this instance, Chan seems to simply be narrowing in on a similar issue that re-hashing stuff like the Mikado takes on a different level of responsibility in a time and place that is supposedly more progressive than the time when the play was written.

Jul 17 lauramae commented on Good News! Apples Are Finally More Convenient!.
I always say, life is a bowl of cherries unless you eat the whole bowl.

Where are the apples from? Wondered if these were those dastardly imported apples.
Jul 15 lauramae commented on America: Imagine the World Without Her: George Washington Died on September 11th, and It's All Obama's Fault.
Dear #8, may a pox beset your stupid little pin head.
Jul 15 lauramae commented on 2014 Seafair Powwow Cancelled.
# 8 you are an asshole. But everyone knows that.
Jul 15 lauramae commented on Someone Left a Shot-Up Target at the Offices of the League of Women Voters on Capitol Hill.
For those gun-totin' misogynists, the whole thing is a twofer. Shoot your load and then place it on the steps of an organization with "women" in the title.

Obviously they got their little man-panties in a wedgie.
Jul 11 lauramae commented on HOTPOCALYPSE 2014: Seattle Heatwave Survival Guide.
I love sweating in my house. I love that feeling when your head gets hot and then you realize that there will be days and days of this bullshit weather.

I remember 09. That was horrid. It got to 106 at my house. No escape. Inside my house it was 92.

Right now inside my house, it's only 82 which is still too hot.

By Wednesday I'll be cranky pants about it all.

I don't give one rats ass what it is in Texas or that fucked up Arizona. Fuck Arizona. Go fucking back. Jesus.

okay, so I'm cranky already.
Jun 6 lauramae commented on That’s Kind of Racist, Dude.
It can get old always having to explain yourself to people who make assumptions. Since the waiter was kind, and attentive, I'm sure the group didn't want to make an evening awkward. After all, they were just enjoying themselves and unexpectedly found themselves having to explain themselves as "The other." It wasn't a designation that they sought. The author clearly pointed out that he didn't want to make the waiter's day crappy. But it does call for a larger discussion on how all of YOU people "other" folks who don't look like you.

I'm Alaska Native and I get the same questions. "What are you?" And "where are you from?" Most of the time people believe that I am either Asian or in other parts of the country, that I am Latina.

Once on a radio show, trying to do an announcement for a Native arts fair, the radio host kept trying to engage me on a discussion about Indian gaming. Almost nothing I did could steer the conversation back to the topic at hand. His name was Dick and so when I finally said well, DICK (big pause) I'm here to talk about the fair, not about casinos....Then I could finish my statement.

May 28 lauramae commented on Maya Angelou Made Me a Writer.
A wonderful story.
Apr 21 lauramae commented on The Oso Debris Field, Four Weeks After the Slide.
Still amazing and awful in scope.

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