I want to write an alternative version of Romeo and Juliet where instead of being a little ponce and trying to work things out for himself, Romeo asks his smarter friends what to do about the whole thing and Benvolio and Mercutio come up with the world’s greatest plan:
Marriage of convenience between Juliet and Mercutio.
Think about it.
Juliet’s parents want her to marry into the Prince’s family. Mercutio is a good compromise between no marriage and Paris.
Mercutio probably won’t get his inheritance if he keeps being HELLA FUCKING GAY ALL OVER THE PLACE so a beard is only a benefit to him.
They would probably get along great rolling their eyes at how adorably stupid Romeo is.
Romeo and Benvolio could get a “bachelor pad” right next to Juliet and Mercutio’s house. Every night, Romeo and Mercutio high five as they hop the fence to go bang their one true love.
The second half of the play is just all of them trying to keep up the charade and being “THIS CLOSE” to getting caught all the time. But everything ends nicely because true love conquers all.
Everybody wins. Nobody dies.
CULTURAL GENOCIDE: Before and After photo of a young Cree boy, forced to attend a Canadian “Indian school.” (1910)
I want to show this to white people who say that cultural appropriation isn’t a big deal because you’re taking a part of someone’s culture that was insulted, attacked and taken away from them for years and years and now you want to wear it as some sort of costume or fashion trend. But your ancestors were the ones to forcefully take away and obliterate OUR cultures for centuries. We STILL aren’t allowed to freely embrace our cultures because white people love to insult us and make fun of us, but white people themselves love wearing it because they think their mayo asses are entitlted to everything. Nope fuck off.
They used photos like these as propaganda to enforce their ideals of their civilization on us. To make their actions of kidnapping children palatable for non-native citizens. They wanted to show how they could “better” native society by forcibly removing children from their homes for nearly the whole year into residential schools, preventing any native languages to be spoken at all, and most of the “education” were colonial versions of labour and homemaking, which often had no place in native society originally and was difficult to effectively implement at all. Punishments and acts of humiliation were often severely traumatic and usually totally uncalled for. The values that native kids were taught in residential school often made them feel ashamed for their cultural identity and heritage. History and pride in the culture had become harder to pass down to the next generation which is me. THIS DIDN’T HAPPEN THAT LONG AGO. IT WAS STILL HAPPENING FOR MY GRANDPARENTS AND MY UNCLES AND AUNTS. We’re only just starting to heal ourselves. We’re getting our cultural pride back. You parading around calling our symbols of history a costume or trendy fashion statement is a fucking insult. If you actually cared about our culture, you’d educate yourself about the rich and wonderful stories, perspectives, and art we have. You’d learn about Canada’s and the US’s government led acts of cultural genocide. You’d get angry too.