PORTLAND, Ore. — Editor's Note: "Why is the internet crying this week" is a weekly article analyzing why the internet is crying (mostly in the nerd world): both the good and the bad.
It is 2019 and women came to kick butt and chew bubble gum – you know how the rest of this saying goes.
Not just women, but POC (people of color) women. The nerd world gave us the women in the “Black Panther” franchise (Angela Bassett is still my queen), a new black Ariel in the live-action remake of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” and now: a black, female, 007.
Lashana Lynch is the first black and first female star to play “007.”
The internet is divided because some people are racist. I know that makes us want to flinch but – well, that’s all I’ve got for you. Some people are claiming that the “007” franchise is being ruined because a white man is not playing the international spy.
I hate to break it to you but “007” is not a person, it’s a job title.
Here’s a great tweet to educate you if you’re confused.
People who were rumored to take this role next were Tom Hardy, Idris Elba, Henry Cavill, Tom Hiddleston and a couple of others, but you get the type: strong men, with one POC in the mix.
So bringing Lynch in for the role is a wonderful surprise that should be celebrated because, and I stress that I should not have to say this, diversity is important. Women can do the same jobs as men. Women are intelligent and capable and representing female and POC diversity should be something the world strives to do.
Here are some tissues, dry your tears, because “007” is a lady and she is black.
In the spirit of celebrating diversity on the internet let’s shed a happy tear or two for #InternationalNonBinaryDay which took Twitter by storm over the weekend. This is non-nerd related but important!
It’s a beautiful thing to see so many people confident in themselves or making strides to be, and sharing their stories in the name of visibility.
If you know a non-binary human tell them you see them and appreciate them!
To all the non-binary folx you are seen and appreciated over here.
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Destiny Johnson is a cis white woman just trying not to be the worst. Did you see the internet crying about something else this week? Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also tweet her @hello_destiny. She’s going to plug her YouTube again because she works hard on it: here you go.