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A new religious statue in the town of Davidson, N.C., is unlike anything you might see in church.

The statue depicts Jesus as a vagrant sleeping on a park bench. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church installed the homeless Jesus statue on its property in the middle of an upscale neighborhood filled with well-kept townhomes.

Jesus is huddled under a blanket with his face and hands obscured; only the crucifixion wounds on his uncovered feet give him away.

The reaction was immediate. Some loved it; some didn’t.

"One woman from the neighborhood actually called police the first time she drove by," says David Boraks, editor of DavidsonNews.net. "She thought it was an actual homeless person."

That’s right. Somebody called the cops on Jesus.

"ooh!  a poor person in need of help!  i better make sure they get arrested!"  to me, that’s the issue that’s most troubling.  Apart from that, the statue, and the idea behind it, is one of the parts of Christianity that even a grouchy atheist like me has to admire…

I’m sorry what…?  Police in the UK are first supposed to help homeless people find outreach hostels or aid shelters when reported. Arrest is only upon aggressive behaviour, alcohol abuse, drug abuse or multiple accounts of the former. If the US just simply up and arrests any homeless person exactly what do they expect is going to happen? That’s silly biscuits.

Any one with a gram of faith in the law was likely not acting on malice, but more on concern. If you know the person truly was a snob who didn’t want their bench dirtied by a homeless person then by all means, condemn away. But this is a very hostile approach to the story.

If I saw someone looking seemingly asleep or dead on a bench I’d be quite prone to calling the police too, at worst they’re dead, at best, they’re asleep and provoking them or approaching without caution could cause a situation. But if calling the police in the US is just arrest, no questions or answers, then… well then.

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after hearing about it through the submission to @angryasiangirlsunited, i checked out the trailer of Lucy and am even more disgusted. and so not surprised. whiteness is getting too old.

the upcoming movie lucy will feature the age-old racist narrative of pure white woman (scarlet johansson) being violated by scary, brown men. and the new white feminist trope of women gaining their power by violently eliminating brown men. who needs the white male savior when we now have white female saviors, taking it into their own hands to save their whiteness from all that non-whiteness. so radical.

My favorite part are the white feminists who are raving about this movie because “strong independent woman yaaaas!!”

Sigh.

i’m just wondering why there are herbs and fruits and vegetables written in a faded, creepy red on a prison-like wall in chinese.  are herbs and fruits and vegetables in chinese supposed to be part of some sort of scare tactics?  or am i missing something here?

it keeps getting better.

awww man see I immediately fell into the trap of being excited for all the kickass lady stuff and didn’t give this much thought

This is a very valid point and hugely disappointing

I just found the summary of this thing

"The story focuses on a woman (Scarlett Johansson) who is forced to become a drug mule. But when the drug accidentally goes into her body, she is mysteriously granted superhuman powers. She absorbs knowledge instantly, can move objects with her mind and can’t feel any pain or distress–plus look hot as hell doing it."

Isn’t insensitivity to pain considered a disability? And isn’t it a serious problem for those who have that genetic condition?

Also, you’re going to love WHY she gets the superpowers. To quote The Journalist: “The pretext for this is that the drug allows her access to 28% of her brain’s capacity, as the human mind only allows access to 10%. Teaming up with a professor, played by Morgan Freeman, she examines her own abilities and looks to see what happens when 100% of her mind’s capacity is unlocked.”

The “only 10% of the brain is used” concept is a complete myth. All of the brain is used—it’s just that it isn’t used simultaneously. Also, much of the brain exists to keep the body operational. It’s not just for thinking.

So far we’ve got racism, faux feminism, scare tactics, trying to pass off a disability as a superpower, and incredibly bad science even by Hollywood standards. Great.

Valid poinrs

those are fruits and vegetable names written in blood-like paint behind her… are they code words? do they mean something? or do they just look like convenient oriental gibberish to serve as props?

I’m thinking probably just gibberish. Someone needed convenient handwritten words, so they went to Chinatown and took pictures of the fruit stands because they were the first ones they could find.

such flattering Taiwanese representation. Isn’t this basically the plot of Wolverine.

Even though I’m Taiwanese and I also agree with all of the above points and the beginning of the trailer totally made me cringe because of said points, I…. am still excited to see Taiwan in a movie and it looks cool… other than…. said points….. ugh orz

But for people who might also think it’s cool but are not aware of above points, here they are.  

And I am fucking LAUGHING AT THE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES like you could probably find a bilingual person in LA by going eenie-meenie-minie-mo on the street, this is amateur.  Unless it seriously is a code for something, or it’s some cult about health…. (BUT IT’S A DRUG OPERATION?????)

Jokes gonna be on you guys when the mastermind of the movie turns out to be Don Tomato and his posse of ninja fruits.

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