You’re pretty astute for a fourth grader.
One of the MANY MANY MANY heart-breaking details about Helga is that she IS smart. Heck, she’s BRILLIANT! She’s well versed in the arts (like in this photo set here), she can and does read WELL beyond the fourth grade level and writes volumes and volumes of poetry. She could have one the spelling bee if she didn’t intentionally take a dive to stick it to her dad and do Arnold a solid. Her anonymous poem won the school wide poetry contest. She’s remarkably intelligent and talented!
…But how many times do we hear her compare herself to her sister or to Lila as “Okay so maybe I’m not smart, pretty, funny, popular or nice like Lila/Olga?” Despite the fact that she IS just as smart if not smarter than the both of them? How many times do we hear her compare herself to her best friend Pheobe - who if we are honest, will admit is more STUDIOUS than intelligent. And how many times do we hear her say “Maybe if I was prettier/nicer/smarter Arnold would like-like me back?”
Helga was raised being constantly compared to her older sister. She’s been told so many times, directly and indirectly that she’ll never be as good or worthy of attention and affection as Olga. And there’s a part of her that believes this. She’s a 9 year old girl - and she believes she’s never going to be smart enough to be noticed. That’s why she resorts to bullying tactics, because negative attention is better than no attention at all.
Helga may be one of my favorite characters ever. Shes not abused… at least not directly. She’s just overlooked and never noticed, and in the end she becomes outwardly bitter and mean cause shes been hardened by the fact her parents just shrug her off like a itch.
I’m still convinced Helga Patacki was the real protagonist of that show.
Wasn’t there plans to make a middle school/high school series starring Helga? That would have been a good series.
Why can’t I just use a word for its definition?
Because language is not a constant, concrete thing, and words and their meanings change ALL THE TIME. One of the dictionary definitions of the word faggot is “a bundle of sticks or twigs, especially when bound together and used as fuel,” but if you think that means I’m going to just smile at someone should they hurl that word my way.
I have never heard of anyone being offended by using the word retarded in an appropriate manner (think a science class discussing plant growth), but nobody uses the word like that. Unfortunately, more often than not, the word is used in an ableist manner, and that’s just fucked up. I apologize the world doesn’t remain constant for you, but by saying that people need to not be “so uptight” you are yourself being ableist, and that is not okay in any whay, shape, or form, and you need to check your privilege.
Also, I’m a musician too, and I still think this is one of the dumbest arguments I’ve ever heard. Who the hell speaks in musical notation?
#There’s a difference between and opinion being unpopular and being just fucking stupid
God, Michael, that sums up unpopular-opinions soooo well.
Know what’s so funny about this? How the blue-eyed White folks know this is an exercise (as in not real life!) and can’t stand taking the shit people of color deal with for a couple of hours before they’re screaming and crying and storming off. They know it’s fake, and they still can’t deal!
Yet these are the people who are supposedly so much smarter than me, so much more reasonable than me, so much more civilized than me!
She. Goes. IN on these white folks. GOES IN.
“I cannot waste my tears for a white woman who knows that this is temporary…. I save my sympathy and my empathy for those who go through this every day of their lives….”
And part 2.
The World of Harry Potter in Comic Form
Harry Potter and the philosopher’s Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2