I love Beedrill. It’s definitely one of the foremost of my favorite Pokemon and usually the one I name when asked for my favorite (though Noivern is now probably tied with it.)
So I’ve been breeding Weedles in an attempt to have a shiny Beedrill of my very own, just because, but instead of throwing away or Wonder Trading my non-Shiny Weedles, I’ve been naming all of them, evolving them into Beedrills and teaching them better moves (Aerial Ace, Toxic, U-Turn and Harden for now) then Wonder Trading them away. I know a lot of people probably won’t even check their moves, but if just one beginning player gets a Beedrill and thinks it’s cool enough to use with its moveset I’ll be happy.
That said, if anybody wants one of those Beedrills (they’re all level 10 and with that moveset, named and in Quick Balls) I’ll gladly hand one over to a loving owner!
i feel bad one year i dressed up as a geisha for halloween :(
Well, like, blackface is bad but there’s a difference between a halloween costume and a truly racist caricature. Dressing as the opposite sex or fruit or a dog or anything else is a joke about what you aren’t, not what other people are, as long as the person in question is not behaving in an unacceptable way. If I dress as a stereotypical english gentleman or a pharaoh or something it’s humorous because I’m obviously not either of those things, not because I’m making the visual comment, “ha ha, foreigners ARE all like this, aren’t they?”
Blackface and other portrayals of one race by people not of that race are offensive because they’re used to portray a harmful point about the group in question, or make the humor-point of the costume “it’s funny because blacks/chinese/whoever act like this and it’s stupid and strange!” rather than “it’s funny because you know I am actually not king tut/a geisha/whatever!”
For example, someone who isn’t trans* dressing as the opposite sex for halloween isn’t a smear against trans* individuals or a comment on the inferiority or superiority of one sex over another, but the most basic form of humor, the suggestion that something is what it isn’t. The difference is in presentation and intent.
Blackface was used back in the day to portray harmful and negative jokes at the expense of blacks by white actors, with the double-whammy implication being “blacks are SO stupid they can’t even be allowed to portray for you how stupid they are!” as well as an in-group/out-group joke excluding someone else, in the same manner as any in-group crudely imitating someone being excluded as a form of reinforcing established social niches. But instead of high, whiny “myeh myeh myeh” voices repeating a point to be ridiculed amongst friends, it consisted of stereotypical “black phrases” and slapstick. A presentation that happens to involve black individuals and slapstick isn’t necessarily racist, BUT a presentation that implicitly links blacks with slapstick because they’re implied to be stupid due to race is. It’s a difference that’s not always easy to define and it’s okay for people to object to things that toe that line. It’s important to be respectful of people.
But I don’t think that anybody should be faulted for something like that done out of genuine unawareness at all. It’s very recent that a broader understanding of cultural, racial and sexual issues have become available to people who were otherwise raised to not even know it might be an issue. There’s nothing wrong with being wrong at first, as long as you’re willing to listen and understanding when people present a new idea to you. And as long as you weren’t walking around all “wing wong ching chong lol asians” but simply wearing a costume, I don’t think you were doing anything terrible at all.
EDIT: This just occurred to me, but this is in reference to like, occupations and cultural icons of other cultures. Don’t dress up as other races. Your costume shouldn’t be “asian person.” Samurai might be okay. I think geisha might be okay. Just don’t be weird about it. That kind of thing. Don’t go to your costume party as “a black guy.” That is a bad idea! If someone can reasonably ask if you got your foreign-culture costume idea from wartime comics before 1970 you are probably not on the right track.