Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!
This weeks miniature is from Reaper and the female figure goes by the name of Almah, Merchant Princess. A lady not to be messed with and for inclusion in Alex’s Fembruary Challenge. I went for a simple paint job but am now regretting that I didn’t take the opportunity to see what freehand work I could have considered doing. Always next time.
Well It Made Me Laugh
The Wednesday Whinge
I hadn’t intended to start with the subject of Racism but then two things happened. Firstly IRO did a podcast on the subject and then I had an issue with eBay.
I’d never thought of Racism in the hobby but I thought IRO was good to bring the subject up and it did get me thinking about it. I’m not intending to get into a great debate on the subject but before I get onto my whinge a couple of observations. Firstly, having attended numerous models shows up and down the country I have rarely, if ever, seen many ethnic minorities in attendance. I might be wrong but culturally within my sphere it appears they have little or no interest in the hobby. Then again they may all be at home painting away. Secondly, the military subjects which dominate from what I see tend to be “white” conflicts. Of course there are plenty of ethnic campaigns too but the point is do they sell? I remember a manufacture telling me that for every cowboy figure he sells he can sell 30 or more WW2 figures. The bottom line is it’s about the bottom line. Now on to my whinge.
My whinge is in two parts. The first is very simple. Now maybe it’s just me, and it probably is but it strikes me it is impossible to have a grown up conversation about racism without someone immediately calling you a racist. Even IRO felt awkward talking about the subject. Why? To my mind if you cannot openly talk about the subject then you are more likely to create new racists. Yes, black lives matter but so does every life. I could go on and on about the subject but quite frankly I can’t be asked to address the inevitable abuse.
Now to the second part of my whinge. Remember this little chap that I posted a few weeks ago?
Well I decided I would put the little chap up for sale on eBay where he sat for a few days and then I received a message from eBay of which this is an extract.
We had to remove your listing because it didn’t follow our Offensive material policy. Listings that promote or glorify hatred, violence, or discrimination aren’t allowed.
What activity didn’t follow the policy
We removed your listing as it violates our Offensive Materials policy. eBay has made a decision to no longer permit Confederate flag listings and/or listings that feature the flag. We believe the image of the flag itself has become a contemporary symbol of divisiveness and racism. This is not a reflection or judgement on anyone selling the item and we respect that there are a wide variety of opinions on this issue. Please note that even if the language is part of the official name or trademark of the item, it is not permitted to be used in your listing title or description. We do not permit these items. Please do not relist these items again. Failure to comply will result in further restrictions and a possible suspension of your account.
Now of course everyone is free to draw their own conclusions. Personally I fall into the camp which says history is history and we should learn from it and not pretend it didn’t happen. I’m also of the opinion that anyone who is offend by an inch high figure is a sad fuck and is simply indicative of a sad world where political correctness has gone mad.
As someone who worked for a vast global company for 32 years I have worked with people of all races and from all over the world. Truth be told I have found people generally fall into three categories. Those I like, those I don’t and those I have no opinion on at all. Colour of skin is immaterial, if your nice your nice if you’re a shit you’re a shit.
Give Me Five
Before I get abused for being insensitive and racists I thought I should keep the ethnic theme running by this week listing my top five ethnic actors/actresses. In no particular order:
- Sidney Poitier
- Morgan Freeman
- Denzel Washington
- Rami Malek
- Thandie Newton
This week TIM has been listening to …
“When Tomorrow Comes” by the Eurythmics. I do think Annie Lennox is a great singer and together with Dave Stewart they made some excellent music. Will doubtless line up some more of their tracks in the future but today decided to go with this one.
This week TIM has been watching …
“Bulletproof” a TV series set in London. This one passed me by but I have managed to watch the first series and thoroughly enjoyed it. The good news is there is a second series of six parts, just like the first, and a third comprising of three episodes. Now looking forward to watching those too. Oh, and the two black actors, Ashley Walters and Noel Clarke, are very cool and no I’m not just saying that.
Don’t assume it is your people skills which are the problem, it is more likely to be your tolerance of idiots which needs working on.