We’ve said many times that Frock Flicks is a feminist publication. We’ve also written in favor of diverse casting and story-telling in costume dramas. We’ve written about size inclusivity and actors of all ages. We regularly feature queer frock flicks and point out negative stereotypes. We don’t do this to look ‘woke’ or ‘politically correct’ or somesuch bullshit. We just do this because it’s how we feel, and because it’s 2020 for chrissakes.
That said, we dislike policing our own words or images because someone else says so. Yes, you may be offended! We might not be politically correct according to your definition. And we don’t give a fuck.
Frock Flicks comes with no trigger warnings or content warnings. Aside from this, we suppose.
We reserve the right to make fun of whatever the fuck we want to. Because our charter is to pick apart historical costume in movies and TV. Yes, we know there are hard-working costume designers out there who make this stuff — we’ve addressed that time and again. But just because someone spent time (and even money, maybe?) on something doesn’t mean it’s historically accurate. See also: what we mean when we say something is not historically accurate.
When we make fun of something that is not historically accurate, we’re not making fun of the person wearing it. That seems rather difficult for a few people to get. But we’re very clear that we don’t blame the actors for what they’re wearing (except Raquel Welch in The Three Musketeers, she’s a Known Issue!). If a historically inaccurate dress or hairstyle makes a person look like shit, yeah, we’re gonna point that out. Thems the breaks. But that actor got paid for the movie or TV show, and we aren’t getting paid for writing this site, so we’re punching up, not punching down.
Related: Just because the actor is a woman or a person of color that doesn’t mean we can’t criticize what they’re wearing! Equality is a multi-directional street. Don’t #NotAllFrockFlicks on us because when we see a shitty so-called historical costume in a movie or TV show, we are going to snark it, no matter the race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, or any other characteristic of the person wearing it.
It’s not racist / sexist / whatever-ist to point out a horrible costume on a person of color unless you say the horrible costume is intrinsically horrible because of the person’s race. That’s not what we do. We’re talking about horrible costumes because they’re historically inaccurate.
We’re also not shy about using whatever fucking words we want, including swear words obviously. This is our site, so our words. Sometimes we use “guys” or “dude” to mean “everybody” or “people,” and yeah, maybe that’s not as inclusive as it could be (though as three native Californians, we call everyone “dude” even though we don’t surf or skate, it’s just a thing, get over it). We use “crazy” and “derpy,” and no, that’s not meant to stigmatize mental illness. Maybe there’s other words in our vocab that you might object to.
Dear reader, you must understand that words have multiple meanings and varied usages. If you don’t like the way we use them, that’s cool. You don’t have to read this blog! Don’t support us on Patreon. Don’t follow us on social media. But we’re going to keep writing the way we write because we do this for fun, for us.
Lastly, we don’t participate in ‘call out’ or ‘cancel’ culture. Just because an actor / director / producer / costume designer / etc. said a shitty thing on social media doesn’t mean we’re going to automatically scrub them from our site and never speak of them again. And we are aware that Certain People in Hollywood are grade-A assholes, but maybe we have a review of their movies because, hey, shitty people have always and will always continue to make art that might be worth looking at.
That art doesn’t exist in a vacuum, and when we can and when we feel it’s relevant, we may engage with where the art intersects with how / why the artist is an asshole. But maybe we haven’t each and every time, and that’s our prerogative as reviewers. Our crusade is against shitty historical costumes in movies and TV, not against shitty people in movies and TV. That’s someone else’s crusade. Go read their blog.
We’re happy for the readers who get us and enjoy our writing and laugh with us! We love positive feedback, and we appreciate useful, thoughtful feedback. But we have yet to see any whining about our “offensiveness” that wasn’t from a humorless n00b or from some virtue-signaling tyrant ranting about stuff they don’t have a real stake in. We hate when some folks don’t get a joke and leap to dumbass conclusions.
The rest of you are all good though!