Whew! Let me tell ya...Tumblr is really a world of its own. Just came back from there and opinions are even more relentless there LOL.
I normally don't respond to many Tumblr post but one particular comment had me thinking about the general comic book commune regarding Shailene's portrayal of MJ. In my honest opinion I think she could do an excellent job given her acting chops in Descendents but since we have yet to see her adaptation of MJ on the silverscreen my opinion is pending. However, a part of me sometimes likes to play devils advocate because, I always like to see both sides of the coin. So the post is here but my response to the fellow fan is below (AND IT'S LONG...didn't realize I had PLENTY to say):
Here's my response. I doubt many share my opinion or childhood aspirations but sometimes, you just need to be heard in the name of a fictional red-headed character LOL (Did this all at Starbucks)
"...Yeah I agree with your sentiment. It’s a pretty sad group of people who have nothing to do but scream vitriol. And even worse, not provide an explanation.
Although to play devil’s advocate, I really don’t think it’s the body proportions that some people have a problem with. It’s her visage which to some doesn’t scream “Vivacious and Full of Life” type.
There’s a part of their rant I do understand and as a fellow female who grew up in the later part of the 70s when I was introduced to Spider-Man, there were not a lot of female comic book characters who screamed confidence as well as independent. Her face screamed those features. Growing up in the 70s, it still had remnants of prejudice where I was this little mixed Asian gal that still didn’t fit into a community of well bred caucasian kids LOL. Especially the females. Being somewhat exotic was just way too different from them and didn’t prevent them from calling me a hussie in the 80s when middle school and high school came around.
There wasn’t too much I could identify with in regards to MJ but she still had that glooming sentiment of not being able to get along with her fellow gender during her early years because of how much she also stood out. Her features alone had given people the assumption she was “easy” and there wasn’t too much in that cranium of hers which we already know is obviously furthest from the truth.
THAT was the element that some of us females back then could identify with. Despite the stereotypes and generalizations that people conjured up based on our mere appearances (no matter how plain or how bling), MJ had made some of us realize that we didn’t have to be afraid of being the center of attention, standing out and being modern. Modern is the key word here as MJ herself was conceived visually as a 60s Mod who adopted the philosophy and movement that it was okay to enjoy your youth and have fun. The philosophy is no doubt hedonistic but it was the attitude we wanted to adapt to and forget about the rise of cynicism. MJ was the epitome of all it exudes with her looks and overall attitude towards life and she really did make life look like one big party aside from the times where she new things were serious. MJ made us realize that sometimes we actually do sweat the small stuff.
We also wouldn’t let the baby boomer and lost generation naysayers prevent us from treating our bodies like an empty canvas that we could illustrate vividly whenever we wanted. MJ made us proud of flaunting our feminine charms and for some of us, her character type had aspired us to grow our own back bones and become the extroverts we are today.
I look back and wonder what life would have been like if I had not been introduced to a comic book at that time of life and had some redheaded female literally jump out from the pages of 4-color print with her dynamic looks and larger than life personality. I probably would have turned out to be some cliche anti-social asian american that skulks in corners in a room full of people and plays the part of ‘shut-in.’
That face of hers, that Romita visage (who was based off of Ann Margaret) that screamed, ”Don’t hate me because I stand out so before you write me off as some skank, you best get to know me first because I’m no victim and I refuse to define myself via my circumstances! ” No she’s never said that but her attitude was enough to pick up on that disposition. Which is why MJ will forever be the female character that made me aspire to become things I would have never dreamed off a year before my introduction to her in 1979 and I would have been a mindless drone who did EVERYTHING her parents told her to do without any regards to the phrase, “My life, my road.” We did it the MJ way which was a difficult path but with some rewards at the end. So for her to lose that particular edge in some other mediums is kind of a blow to some of us females who grew up back then. But we haven't seen the movie yet so we reserve judgment til the sequel actually commences.
I honestly would not have survived some of my careers in marketing and entrepreneurship if it were not for her influence. And as an independent artist you kinda need both LOL.