Monthly Archives: January 2010

Chromatic Comics and TV Shows

Debbie says:

I’m not so much of a comics fan, though I delve in here and there. That makes it a little harder for me to fully appreciate the fun people are having recasting basically white comics with actors and actresses of color. You can find some of the high points here, with links to lots of others.

Even comics semi-illiterates like me know Spider-Man, of course. I don’t know Danny Pudi’s work, but this pic by st_aurafina makes me want to.

Danny Pudi as Spider-Man

And since this kind of meme never stays in one place, Marion, who blogs as entwashian did a casting of most of the major characters from Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, a show I do know reasonably well:

Among lots of others, we have Gabrielle Union as Buffy:

Gabrielle Union as Buffy

and Rosario Dawson as Faith:

Rosario Dawson as Faith

But I like my choice for Rupert Giles. This is Michael Potts, who plays Brother Mouzone on The Wire.

Michael Potts as Giles

Obviously, this game is lots of fun, and the possibilities are endless. Poke around on the links: you’ll find everything from Star Trek to Harry Potter.

I wish we could have the fun without the message behind the fun, but the two are inextricably intertwined. Most of this work is done by people of color who are damned hungry to see themselves in the fiction, comics, TV, and movies they love. Laurie and I talk all the time about making the invisible visible: this is a new medium for doing that. Here’s to the day that it’s completely unnecessary!

Whole Foods: Paying Its Employees by Weight

Debbie says:

I wish I wasn’t surprised by this breaking news about Whole Foods. Sadly, I think we’ll see a lot more of this kind of wrong-headedness in the next couple of years. Which means we have to be as clear, as vocal, and as convincing as we can to stem the tide.

Whole Foods will offer steeper employee discounts to people with lower BMIs.

If your BMI is above 30, you’ll get to keep the original 20% employee discount, but you’ll paying more than your thinner co-workers, who can knock as much as 30% off.

Don’t miss John Mackey’s letter to his employees at the link. Some of you may remember Mr. Mackey for his especially nasty, wrong-headed, and elitist screed against health care reform last summer. Well, now that it looks like he’s going to get at least some of his way, he’s got fish to fry closer to home.

I don’t have to remind Body Impolitic readers that BMI is a bullshit measurement that means nothing, do I?

I already don’t shop at Whole Foods, because I care about union issues. Also because, as Anna at Jezebel puts it so well at the link above, I don’t need to pay $37 per organic oyster mushroom.”

I know three people who work at Whole Foods. Two of them are a couple, which is amusing, because the wife’s BMI is way over 30 and the husband’s is way under. So they can save money by having him do the shopping. The other is a man whose BMI is also over 30, so he’s out of luck on the discounts.

Anna nails it at the end of her post:

“If public health research has taught us anything, it’s that reducing people’s buying power totally makes them healthier. Stay classy, Whole Foods.”