Anonymous said: The thing with Martin Freeman calling Lucy Liu ugly was a badly executed, bombed attempt at an "it's funny because it's not at all true" -joke. I cringed so hard when I watched the interview, because obviously he's going to get quoted on it. Sorry I haven't got a link to it, but I'm sure you can google it relatively easily. Cheers.
Yeah here’s the thing about that. I have watched it link and I’ve been mulling it over and it just really bothers me and I’ve been trying to distance myself from it before saying why its wrong. The thing is I tried approaching it from the view that Martin Freeman “just doesn’t give a fuck” because that’s the kind of rude commentary that he does. Someone replied saying he was being sarcastic and I don’t think its just sarcasm. Here’s why:
Her casting in that role wasn’t without controversy, though. While the producers were very committed to exploring the Holmes/Watson dynamic as a friendship, with her race reflective of larger racial diversity in New York, fans were explosively angry about the decision to put Liu in the role. Considerable racial hatred was dredged up by people lobbying against her casting. Liu’s response when asked about it kind of encapsulated the many reasons why I love her:
If I didn’t try anything different, I’d still be doing a Calgon ad. You have to be a pioneer, which means doing things that are not scheduled and different. When you do stuff, it’s not always to please other people–it’s to please yourself. For me, the more individual you make something, the more universal it can be. You have to be a pioneer.
Martin Freeman is more popular than ever in literally one of the biggest franchises (The Hobbit). Also he’s a man and doesn’t have to depend on his looks and even though he’s not handsome it doesn’t keep him from being cast in romantic comedies (What’s your number?)
When people make a habit of referring to women as ugly as an animals it just makes them a misogynist.
I had a link don’t know where it went where they were talking about Freeman’s career where he gets to play literary characters. And its true he’s been Arthur Dent, Dr. Watson, and now Bilbo Baggins. These are great characters, iconic really and Lucy being a woman of color doesn’t have those options open to her. How many iconic literary characters are a) female b) women of color (this isn’t to say it a role can’t be given to a woc but it doesn’t happen very often for woc).
Freeman has critical acclaim (having won BAFTA’s) and continues to make fun of her as if “they’re scraping the bottom of the barrel” and even though this is more of a sore point for me (because they didn’t start out in life with the same opportunities you know) its just not FUCKING FAIR because she doesn’t get awesome roles that are considered for awards. Its not that she isn’t good its that no one will cast her in those roles. This one to me is the most damning because he’s coming from a place of critical authority and experience where she’s written off for just her looks.
Basically they seem to be on equal footing (I even looked up how much they were worth one said Lucy was worth $8mil and Martin worth $10 mil was the lowest guess). But they aren’t despite how hard she works. So yeah it would be one thing if these types of comments were aimed at someone who is clearly better off than him but it isn’t he’s aimed these comments at someone who is by social class, gender and race oppressed. It literally comes down to intersectionality and how even if Freeman doesn’t mean those things he also doesn’t care that’s how everyone treats women like her who try to break barriers. Sherlock is constantly referred to as the “superior” interpretation even though they’re loyal to a racist, misogynistic, dated canon. And Elementary is dismissed critically for actually trying to update the canon become more modern and politically correct, and even just growing Sherlock’s character.
The reason lots of white people don’t like poc bringing up racism is because they hate being accused of racism. And so when we level it we have to be ready to “prove” the racism. We’re expected to shut up and take the abuses that are doled out institutionally and personally. But the thing is when people don’t consider their privilege before making “sarcastic” remarks they end up just sounding like all the other "real" racists who actually do mean it. And here’s a protip for those who’d rather not be considered sexists: referring to a woman as ugly as an animal automatically makes you sound like a douche. Be funny find something original to say.
And fans don’t have to excuse the sexist remarks made by their favorite actors by excusing it as sarcasm.
Stay away from Fiverr. Promoting this sort of thing is NOT okay.
It’s ruining an industry.
What bullshit. Yeah, don’t worry people, you’re getting so ripped off, paying an already moderate amount for something your company is young to use and advertise either every minute of everyday for the rest of it’s existence.
Jog like artists need to eat, or pay bills, or have a roof over their heads or anything. Not like they’re PEOPLE trying to make an honest living or anything.
Every time I see that picture on my dash I expect it to be a prank and that I’m going to scroll down and see a bunch of examples of their $5 logos that amount to crudely drawn dicks.
Oh boy, logo mills. I just want to pull up something from The Graphic Artists Guild Handbook: Pricing and Ethical Guidelines about these kinds of companies. It’s long but I think it’s worth reading the full thing:
Graphic designers are facing similar assaults on their profession by companies that devalue professional design services by competing unfairly on price with shoddy design, sub-standard services, unfair labor practices, and with no regard to copyright. So-called “logo mills” are online operations that hire “designers” at ridiculously low rates to pump out off-the-shelf logos that are marketed to consumers at cut-rate prices. Most of these pre-made logos are simply pieced together clip art with mundane type treatment. The same logos are sold over and over again. Buyers can pay higher prices to get a “unique” logo, which means the company promises not to resell the design and the buyer simply owns the copyright as part of the package. “Customization” may consist of little more than providing the same logo in a different color scheme or with adjustments to the font.
A second type of logo mill offers “original” logos. The price of their services is based on the number of concepts, rounds of revisions, and designers working on the project (the greater the number, the higher the price), yet their prices are still below the prevailing market rates for professional design services. Their success, despite such low prices, is due to their abusive labor practices, which treat designers as just another expendable commodity instead of highly-trained professionals. Logo mills are the digital sweatshops of the design world. In one such company, designers work on per project basis (earning $25-40 per project) in extremely competitive conditions with no assurance of continued work and no copyright fees. Designers sign up for a project on a first-come, first-served basis. Since multiple designers work on a project, they “compete” to have their design accepted by the client. Successful designers are awarded points as well as a monetary bonus. Designers are required to critique each other’s work with points being deducted from those whose work is panned. A loss of points mean that the designer’s fee will be lowered on future projects.
Logo mills have an insidious impact on the perception among business owners regarding copyrights. By simply ignoring the existence of copyrights in the pricing structure, logo mills are completely devaluing copyrights. The result is a business community that increasingly is unaware of the existence or value of copyright and unwilling to pay what to them seems to be an unfair or unnecessary fee tacked on a job.
Also, even $100 for a logo (does that even include copyrights or…?) is incredible low. If you’re curious how much a logo should go for:
Very small businesses (ie law firms, retail, etc.): $1,200-3,000 for a simple logo with all rights included
Minor corporation: $1,200-12,000
Major corporation: $4,000-25,000+
Obviously the price will also depend on the designer’s experience, copyright transfer, how fast the client needs the logo, revisions, tech specs for the logo, etc etc but you get the idea.
If you’re an artist or designer, don’t go anywhere near companies that will treat you as a commodity. And if you’re a client, do some research on how much these types of things actually cost and what is involved in the cost. If you go to one of these companies for design services, you helping perpetuate these gross practices and further undervaluing art/design and copyright. It’s why the Graphic Artists Guild and their handbook exists, as a resource for both artists and clients.
I would like to input that big big big companies are even willing to spend millions on a logo.
BECAUSE LOGOS ARE YOUR CORPORATE IDENTITY. YOUR COMPANY’S IDENTITY. it’s like giving a face to your baby.
Okay, so many of my watchers on deviantART are already aware of this, but last month I was scammed for thousands of dollars by a user named Pixlett / ToxicMutagen. (They both use the same PayPal address) Pixlett has since deactivated her account.
Pixlett bought some artwork from me for very large sums of money. Then, a few months later, I notice that a couple grand went missing from my PayPal, because she filed a credit card chargeback against me, claiming that she never got the item. Obviously, it was digital artwork, so there was no physical item to ship. She did this for every single piece of artwork she bought from me, and even after backing myself up with a ton of evidence, PayPal ruled in her favor.
And now, today, it has happened AGAIN. Pixlett has filed MORE chargebacks against me, putting me into negative $2,000 in my PayPal account. I start school in a week and need money to pay for my new textbooks, supplies, and gas, but looks like that’s not gonna happen thanks to this fraud.
I have set up a PayPal Donation button on my page, where you can help me out. Even just a dollar helps. Small amounts add up quickly, and I need to get out of the negatives as soon as possible.
I apologize, because I never ask for help, but this is just beyond my capacity of fixing in such a short amount of time. Several other people were also affected by this scammer, so please consider helping them out too.
Thank you! ;u; If you have any questions or concerns, you can message me on here or on my dA.
FUCKING SIGNAL BOOST THIS
ALSO DO NOT TAKE COMMISSIONS OR SELL ADOPTABLES TO THE PERSON MENTIONED
also - wow … WOW .. I´m fucking mad about this person and paypal - this is really fucked up. this is really a slap in the face for digital artists …