Great piece! La Jolia Playhouse can have all the round table meetings they want. Their words mean nothing until they act on it. Casting a white guy to play the empire of China *shaking my head*
"Talent, not race." Besides being a bold-faced lie, they are also surreptitiously defending the notion of white supremacy. Essentially, they're claiming that all their roles have open auditions, and white people just happen to be the superior actors.But what I hate the most is when they try to straw-man it to make us look like the bad guys. They claim our protest is an example of reverse racism; "it's unfair that white people can't play a role just because they're white." ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?! If you truly hate race-based casting, then where the fuck have you been, toubob? Restricting actors of color from playing white characters has been happening for fucking decades. Where is your outrage for that? We can't play white characters. We can't play race-neutral characters. We can't even play our own race.White people aren't happy with 99% privilege; they want 100%. If you question that greed, you're a reverse racist who wants to oppress poor, poor white people. Seriously, I don't think talking to white people is an option anymore.
"Talent,not race" is Hollywood's motto....how many times minorities have heard that lie?I'm not interested in television and movies like I once was.your can smell the stench of racism in it. No other minorities can ask for anything like pay raises or creativity unless you're Will Smith and/or college educated and you still may struggle getting.Jason Chu certainly speaks the truth. As he said,it was OK for Whites to play in Asian themed movies like The Last Air bender orAkira,but they can't.That makes no sense whatsoever.As long as racist differences continue to persist in Hollywood, it will continue tto go South.
Tadanobu Asano and Idris Elba were cast for talent and not race in Thor.*blink*Look how white folks reacted to that.
The only exception to this phenomenon is that asian women are fully free to play white women. I remember seeing an Asian woman playing Eponine in Les Miserable and thinking no way no how on planet earth could a black women get to play the daughter of two white parents. I'm sure you can all fill in the blanks on that little adventure.
Or Lucy Liu as a Charlie's Angel.
Well there was a tv show coming out about Charlie's Angels and one of the angels was a mixed black woman (lightskinned) with short curly hair. I remember seeing an advertisement of it on the side of a city bus but something tells me that this show didn't do too well. I never ran across it clicking through channels, never ran across it scrolling through the internet, and never ran across it flipping through magazines. In my mind I always assume if I haven't watched that it wasn't a successful show. LMAO
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