5.30.2015

Emma Stone's Whitewashing and the Baltimore Uprising

Allow me to preface everything I'm about to say with this important note: I'm not attempting to equate Hollywood whitewashing with police brutality. Police brutality is obviously much worse. What I am attempting is to expose parallels with regards to the mechanisms of racism, specifically white obstructionism. This is just a quick post for a bit of a revelation I had.

By now, you all may have heard of Emma Stone's whitewashed character in the film "Aloha." I didn't watch the movie, nor do I intend to watch it. I just caught some Internet buzz over it thanks to Ankhesen's Facebook post. Basically, the entire film is whitewashed, but the most insidious part is the attempt to pass Emma Stone (the almighty white savior from "The Help" who single-handedly ended racism) off as half-Asian.

Now, I know that's bad, and you know that's bad; however, not surprisingly, the VAST majority of whites do not think that's bad at all. In fact, they're claiming it's the pinnacle of progressiveness. So much so, that the only thing they see as bad is our reaction to the whitewashing. Stop me if you've heard this before: "What!? You want to deny Emma Stone a role just because she's white!? THAT'S REVERSE RACISM!!!!!"

Wrong on so many levels and in so many different ways. Allow me to save you some time and neatly sum up the problem: I am so fucking sick and tired of whites pulling high-minded principles out of their ass, principles that they have never practiced nor believed in, just to thwart any attempt at equity.

If whites genuinely had a problem with race-based casting and supported colorblind casting, they should have started speaking up decades ago and continued to do so every fucking moment an actor of color ACTUALLY got shafted. Whites had a one hundred year window starting at "The Birth of a Nation," and yet they somehow missed every fucking opportunity to speak up whenever an actor of color ACTUALLY got discriminated against. OUR PROTESTS against whitewashing are the only things that pique their high-minded principles.

What does this have to do with the Baltimore Uprising? Stop me if you've heard this before: "How can I support the protests when they're so violent? Violence never solved anything. Violence isn't the proper response. Violence just hurts your cause. I'm a pacifist so I can't support violence. I don't support the protests because of all the violence."

Once again, allow me to neatly sum up the problem: I am so fucking sick and tired of whites pulling high-minded principles out of their ass, principles that they have never practiced nor believed in, just to thwart any attempt at equity.

2 comments:

  1. Aaaaaaand he comes out swinging!!! Man, it's good to have you back on a rant!

    Let's talk.

    Basically, the entire film is whitewashed, but the most insidious part is the attempt to pass Emma Stone (the almighty white savior from "The Help" who single-handedly ended racism) off as half-Asian.

    This right here is latest low (though nowhere lower the story of Bou-Bou the criminally negligent toddler). I don't know if readers here realize just how white Emma Stone is, but Chris Lee sums it up best:

    ....in order to process this idea of Stone as a bi-racial character, as someone whose genetic lineage can be traced back to the Middle Kingdom by way of Polynesia, you must first get past the obvious stumbling blocks: her alabaster skin and strawberry blond hair, her emerald eyes and freckles—past the star’s outwardly unassailable #Caucasity—if only because the movie hammers home her cultural other-ness in just about every other scene.

    Okay, so apparently she's so "mixed" that viewers have to be constantly reminded she's mixed. Mm-hm.

    Now, I know that's bad, and you know that's bad; however, not surprisingly, the VAST majority of whites do not think that's bad at all. In fact, they're claiming it's the pinnacle of progressiveness.

    The lengths some people will go to.

    How is this progressive? Whom does this empower or inspire? POC have been complaining about the whitewashing and erasure of Asian/Asian American characters for years so Hollywood decides to take a bold step by, what, pulling a David Carradine in Kung Fu? They wanted to make a bold move forward by just doing what they did 40 years ago?????

    At least it's been an epic flop.

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  2. to them violence is only wrong when it is against the oppressors

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