So this is a general PSA to my followers and I realise that many of you will think I’m being overly PC or sensitive, but outside of the US, “spazz” is a horrifically ableist word (worse than “r*****”). It comes from the word “spastic” which refers to one of the symptoms of cerebal palsy. People with cerebal palsy were referred to as “spastics” and the word became a horrible slang way to compare a person’s movements or appearance with someone with cerebal palsy. It also became a catch-all for all disabled people, including those with learning disorders and mental illnesses.
It’s not cute and it’s not harmless.
So next time you’re clapping your hands and squawking about “like, omg, I’m such a spazz lolz!!!” maybe engage some grey matter and some empathy and, y’know, cut that shit out.
Also if you use it in Europe (particularly Scotland) you will have your arse handed to you for being a thoughtless dickface, just a heads-up.
It became such an offensive term that in 1994 the totally legitimate Spastics Society, a charity for people with cerebral palsy, changed their name to Scope.
I’m very glad Weird Al Yankowicz has apologised for using it in his recent “Blutred Lines” parody - I was really surprised when I heard it and hadn’t realised it didn’t carry the same weight as a slur in the US. Kudos to him for apologising when he was made aware of it.
And if you’re mopily wondering what the hell you’re going to use to describe yourself;
Seal. Clapping seal. Or choose a happy monkey with long arms which makes a funny noise, like a proboscis monkey or a gibbon.
It’s really not that hard to be inoffensive.
Sometimes I say I’m about as coordinated as a baby dear.
FAVORITE MOVIES » How to Train Your Dragon (2010) ↳”This is Berk. It snows nine months of the year, and hails the other three. Any food that grows here is tough and tasteless. The people that grow here are even more so. The only upsides are the pets. While other places have ponies or parrots… we have… dragons.”
Dinah, Dinah, Dinah how I love you. Dinah Laurel Lance or Drake depending on what world/age/event we are now in or past, is the second longest running female superhero in DC Comics IP (do you even have to “wonder” who is number one?)
Black Canary is, I believe, currently about to be homeless in the new 52. Oh wait, I forgot Futures’ End where she is homed, face only, on the chest of Frankenstein.
Yeah. Moving on …
In addition to her long comic history, Black Canary has appeared in multiple live action programs (Birds of Prey, Smallville and currently Arrow) and she’s also been in the modern DC Animated Universe as part of Justice League/Justice League Unlimited/Batman Brave and the Bold and Young Justice). She also appeared in the Green Arrow short that was tagged on to the end of Superman/Batman Apocalypse.
And now she is back in animation in a new round of DC Nation animated shorts (aside: they are still making these? And, um, hello where is Super Best Friends Forever, season 2?). Green Arrow is the star but is his partner. And her design is … interesting. Care to weigh in?