When asked whether he has gotten any offers to venture into Hollywood during his 20-year career, Jung Woo Sung replied, “Going abroad should not be an actor’s ultimate goal.”
He added, “Of course, filming foreign projects is up to the individual, and they will have a reason for doing so.” Then he frankly stated, “Hollywood is a white-dominated industry, so unfortunately the main character has to be white. But I want to be a main character.”
He further explained, “I’m not sure why Asian actors must make it their goal to enter Hollywood, if it means that they will end up playing villains and supporting characters.”
south korean actor, jung woo sung, speaking frankly about casting and job opportunities in hollywood. (x)
Think about anyone who has come out as bisexual in the media. Megan Fox, Billie Joe Armstrong, Margaret Cho, Anna Paquin, Megan Mullally, David Bowie, Angelina Jolie.
Their sexuality is usually glossed over — often times, the media decides the person is either gay or straight, depending the relationship they are currently in or the relationship they get into in the future. If a man comes out as bisexual and in the future gets into a relationship with another man, people generally define him as homosexual (such as Alan Cumming). It’s important to note both homosexual and heterosexual people are monosexual and only attracted to one gender. In saying someone is straight or gay based on who they are currently with totally negates an individual’s identity.
Several people throughout have been classified as monosexual, despite identifying as bi. Marlon Brando himself was bisexual and he’s well-known as a “manly” man, it’s no surprise that people would want to erase his sexuality to fit their perception of him. Anne Frank was also bisexual; she wrote about having a love for girls and wanting a girl to date in her diaries. Angelina Jolie is one of the most well-known bisexuals and she still gets marked under a monosexual title because of her long term relationship with Brad Pitt. Yet, in doing this, people are neglecting her identity.
I really think you guys should try to answer questions even if theyre "stupid" because all this people are trying to do is get educated and even though the answer seems obvious, some people cant catch on to things as easily.
On one occasion with a dear friend and fellow actor in Seattle (who happens to be white), I was sharing my perspective about race in the theatre and explaining some of the privileges afforded to him because he was a white actor.
One example of these recurrent advantages is being seen as “race-neutral.” In theatre, it’s an advantage to be white not because casting directors are racist, but because they’re human. Humans see color, whether they admit it to themselves or not. And in the absence of color, humans are more open to a first impression that isn’t tainted by their perception of a particular racial identity.
Just the thought of my friend having a tangible and unfair advantage over me because of his whiteness drove his sense of ideological stability into disarray. Suddenly, I was being made to feel as if I had inflicted harm on him by having an honest conversation. Simply making him aware of observable fact had caused perceived mental harm, and real psychological stress.
“Because most Whites have not been trained to think complexly about racism, and because it benefits White dominance not to do so, they have a very limited understanding of racism. Yet dominance leads to racial arrogance, and in this racial arrogance, Whites have no compunction about debating the knowledge of people who *have* thought complexly about race. Whites generally feel free to dismiss these informed perspectives, rather than have the humility to acknowledge that they are unfamiliar, reflect on them further, or seek more information.
"…Whites are in the position to legitimize people of color’s assertions of racism. Yet Whites are the least likely to see, understand, or be invested in validating these assertions and being honest about their consequences. This position, coupled with the need for racial comfort, has many Whites insisting that people of color explain White racism in the "right" way. The right away is generally politely and rationally, without any show of emotional upset."
The Redskins Nation citizens eagerly signed up, most of them knowing that they might be mocked in their interview with correspondent Jason Jones. But several hours into the Sept. 13 taping of the yet-to-air episode, the fans, all from Virginia, said they were suddenly confronted by a larger group of Native American activists — all of whom were in on the showdown prearranged by “The Daily Show.”
The encounter at a Dupont Circle hotel was so tense that an Alexandria fan said she left in tears and felt so threatened that she later called the police. She has told “The Daily Show” to leave her out of the segment but doesn’t know whether the producers will comply.
“This goes way beyond mocking. Poking fun is one thing, but that’s not what happened,” said Kelli O’Dell, 56, a former teacher who lives in Alexandria and doesn’t watch the show regularly. “It was disingenuous. The Native Americans accused me of things that were so wrong. I felt in danger. I didn’t consent to that. I am going to be defamed.”
If only the Native American activists protesting the racist R**** mascot knew what it was like to be falsely misrepresented and endangered without their consent, and defamed. They’d want to call the police, too.
When Japanese actors play as white characters tumblr doesn’t bat an eye.
But when white actors play as characters from another race tumblr…
I am going to post my own rebuttal, but *warning* its going to be a long post.
It’s unrealistic to expect filmmakers to cater to their demographics and alter their artistic vision because their audiences aren’t able to enjoy it if they don’t see characters that look like them.
Hollywood is about making money, not being fair to all races and artists. Hollywood is constantly catering to certain demographics- the white demographic. American films try to appeal to Europe and Australia as well, so they purposely hire white actors to draw in larger audiences and make more $$. There are many directors who want to make movies with non-white characters, but have their movies rejected by Hollywood, or are told to whitewash their characters.
For example, Neil Gaiman wrote a story based on African mythology, and all the characters were black (its called “Anansi Boys”). Hollywood wanted to make a movie of it, but they told the author “of course the characters cant be black in the movie, because black people don’t like fantasy.” They didn’t even want to consider any black actors, even though the writer specifically wanted them to being black.
Or George Lucas- who wanted to make a movie about the African American(emphasis on American, because American does not mean “white”)Tuskegee fighters of World War II. Hollywood refused to fund the movie because it had an entirely black cast. They said that black people are not “marketable” enough, and that nobody would want to watch an expensive movie with only black actors. They insisted that he include some white characters- even though they have no place in the story- to make white audiences happy. Lucas did not want to do that, and so Hollywood refused to pay for his movie- Lucas to pay for the movie with his own money. It bombed, and Hollywood blamed it on the fact that the characters were black (instead of the fact that the movie itself was bad).
Another example! With Asians. Wong Fu Productions (Asian directors) wanted to make a movie called Sleep Shift, in which their main character was an Asian man. Hollywood did not like this idea- they tried to persuade WFP to hire a white actor instead, because they insisted that movies about Asians are not “profitable,” and that movies need white characters in order to be successful. WFP tried arguing with them about it, but Hollywood just ended up cancelling their movie- they did NOT want to make a movie in which the hero was Asian.
Similar thing happened to Iwamatsu- he tried making a TV show with an Asian hero, but Hollywood executives told him that “audiences would shut off the TV if they seen an Asian hero.” Also, Justin Lin tried hiring an Asian lead for his movie “Tokyo Drift,” but the studio demanded that he hire a white actor instead. He had to argue with the studio, just so he could have colorblind auditions.
POC directors are the ones who are truly limited in Hollywood. They want to make movies about Asians, black people, Native Americans, etc. but Hollywood demands that they hire white actors, to cater to white audiences (who are always being pandered to) instead.
Screenwriters are specifically taught to make their main characters usually at least one of these traits: white, straight, or male. Because that’s what “audiences really pay to see.” They’re told to write non-whites as being the background characters, so that they don’t take focus way from what really sells- white characters.
Mainstream movies are not so much about creative and artistic freedom. They are about profiting off of the majority demographic.
I guess I just think a movie is more about story and acting than “pock representation” but okay.
Plenty of POC actors are just as good as white actors? Seriously, a lot of the time, they are not even considered for roles. I’ve known actors who were told to get plastic surgery to look more white, or to change their names to sound “less ethnic.” Or that they would never be successful, because they are not white. Look at Dev Patel- he is a rather good Indian-British actor, but he is typecasted. He says he usually only gets considered for stereotypical Indian roles like nerd or taxi driver, and that its harder for him to get a better role than that. Meanwhile, Megan Fox and Kirsten Stewart are mediocore white actresses who get lea roles because they are popular.
Also, non-white stories are just as good as any white person’s story too, and yet we don’t see much movies about them in comparison. It’s not like race doesn’t have anything to do with people’s experiences anyway. The experience of a Mexican-American in LA is going to be vastly different than a black living in say, Japan.
If I’m white and I go to India, would it be right for me to complain that I don’t see any white people in their films? No.
See, this is the weakest excuse. India is over 96% Indian/non-white. Japan is over 99% Japanese. It’s dumb to expect white people in an Indian or Japanese movie, because hardly any white people ilive in those countries. (but you know what? Japanese anime actually has a lot of white characters. Attack on Titan, Fullmetal Alcemist, Porco Rosso, Howls Moving Castle, etc. all have white or European characters. White people are represented MORE than they should be in Japanese media)
The US, on the other hand, is diverse. For example, I live in San Francisco. It’s around 40% white here, so why is that when I watch movies that take place in SF, themovies portray it as 90% white? Same thing with New York City. It’s only around 40% white, and yet in the movies, you mostly only see white characters and maybe a few black characters.
America is NOT a white country. There are many non-white actors, directors, writers, etc. who want to make movies starring non-white characters, but again, Hollywood REJECTS them. Tells them that audiences will not like them as much since they are not white, and that they wold have a better chance if they were white.
Because America is mostly American. Korea is mostly Korean. Japan is mostly Japanese. Kenya is mostly Kenyan. Russia is mostly Russian./You can find a movie with all Koreans, all Indians, all Brazilians, etc. In America you have a much higher chance of finding a movie with multiple races.
"America is mostly American." What does that even mean? America is not a race. It’s a nationality. America is made of hundreds of different ethnic groups from Asia, Africa, Latin America, etc. Korea is NOT diverse, so therefore Korean movies are accurately representing their country.
Also, Brazil in itself racially diverse. Brazilian is like America, it’s not an ethnic background, it’s a nationality. Brazil has MANY black, Native American and Japanese people, yet their own movies usually only show white or light skinned Brazilians. So Brazil is not much better than American TV.
If you want to see people who look like your race (assuming you’re not white), there are plenty of great foreign films.
That doesn’t work for everybody. What about Native Americans? They belong to the United States, and yet American TV ignores the fact that they exist for the most part. They can’t look to Chinese and Mexican TV and see themselves “represented,” they have nowhere to turn to.
Also, people in America and in other countries again, have vastly different experiences. A Chinese-American lives a different life and culture than a person living in China does. Are they supposed to really relate to Chinese characters who live in China? I know I’m half Asian, I don’t relate to characters who live in another coutnry. Their culture is foreign to me, just like I’m foreign to them. I want to see more mixed race or Asian-American characters, I can relate to their stories better because their experience is more like my own.
In the end, again… mainstream movies are not about being fair to minoriteis. We are underrepresented, studies prove it. And a lot of the time, we are not even portrayed well on TV. I can’t name many Asian characters who are not either nerdy, martial artists, or immigrants with really thick accents. We are portrayed in a very one-dimensional way, as if we are cardboard cut outs. And whenever some director comes along and tries to fix it, they’re either forced to whitewash the characters or have their movie canceled altoghether.
Then whenever we say we want more diversity, people say that we’re just trying to take creative freedom away from white artists. When POC artists are the ones who have their creative freedom limited, by being told that non-white characters arent as “profitable.” You dont have to care, but I do, because I've wanted to be both an actress and a director in my life.
I would like to believe that not being racist isn’t extraordinarily difficult. I would like to think that by simply acknowledging the humanity of other people and their right to exist in this world and being open and aware to learning about certain issues, you can avoid many uncomfortable moments. If nothing else, you can certainly avoid the racist, imbecilic, drivel published yesterday by the New York Times.
Not just the author of the article, but the editors who didn’t catch it either.
A personal journey and investigative documentary into finding solutions for the lack of diversity in major Hollywood films.
…With this documentary I hope to find solutions by talking with directors, producers, actors, and critics in the industry as to how we can see more quality, well-rounded, diverse cinematic representations of African Americans on the big screen. I also have my own vision and plan for how we can see at least one clearly diverse film getting a nationwide release each year independent of major studios, which I plan to put in front of each person I talk with. (It’s achievable, but you’ll have to watch to find out what it is!)
guys this super cute black girl came in my store with big, beautiful, natural hair and she was showing off her new red dress and i told her “you look so beautiful, just like annie!” and she and her mom didn’t know about the new movie coming out so i showed her the trailer and she said “mommy she looks just like me!” and her smile was so fucking huge
About the Ghost in The Shell post - that casting choice is horrid and beneficial to no one. I did an internship at a casting agency for 4 months this year and I was surprised by the amount of diversity there was in our books. There were people from all over the world. It broke my heart that so many valid, potentially talented applicants were ignored due to final production choices based on racial prejudice. :/
OHhhh my god.
Thank you for telling me this. In an interview for a Japanese talk show, somewhere after Pacific Rim premiered, (it’s the ‘Bugsy’ interview on dailymotion w/ english subs) Rinko Kikuchi was talking about how she’d constantly audition for roles she knew she wouldn’t get.
But lately I noticed they’d always cast her as a dragon lady or side banana.
I would really, really like to know specifically who is responsible for this. I really would.
The author of Hunger Games explained Katniss in a difficult way. How did y'all they were supposed to find a Native American actress with olive skin, naturally straight black hair and grey eyes. Please give me a link to one and I'll shut up forever.
There’s plenty of lists with Native American actresses you can google yourself.
Gray eyes aren’t a white only trait, nor is Jennifer Lawrence a gray eyed gal. So please do shut up forever.
This reality is a bit harder to swallow: There are more white people in the US and Canada because the US and Canada were established using the systematic genocide of Native peoples, the theft of Native lands, and the labour of enslaved peoples in the past and immigrant peoples currently who were and are never meant to stay or survive.
And now you’re uncomfortable. Good.
When you accept and acknowledge that census figures reflect a long history of marginalization, it is preposterous to use these same figures as the benchmark to which you measure the inclusion of marginalized people.
During his months-long job search, he says he logged onto his computer every morning and combed the internet for listings, applying to everything he felt qualified for. In the Buzzfeed video above, he estimates that he sent out between 50 to 100 resumes a day — which is, in a word, impressive.
But Zamora said he wasn’t getting any responses, so on a hunch, he decided to drop the “s” in his name. José Zamora became Joe Zamora, and a week later, he says his inbox was full.
As he explains in the video, “Joe” hadn’t changed anything on his resume but that one letter. But what Zamora had done, effectively, was whitewash it.
"I had to drop a letter to get a title," Zamora said, later adding, "Sometimes I don’t even think people know or are conscious or aware that they’re judging — even if it’s by name — but I think we all do it all the time."
Divergent was cool and all but when I saw that it was in Chicago I was like huh?? Then Why is this movie so white?
You mean to tell me that after the apocalypse/war that only 3-4 black and Latino people survived in a city as diverse as CHICAGO
Alisi Tulua is a Tongan community organizer from Los Angeles. Here she writes about the impact Jonah from Tonga has on her community. Please read the full article and boycott this racist show.
Jonah from Tonga defiles the core values of our Tongan culture and rips apart the fabric that holds us together as a family; as a community. Its vile depiction of our relationships with each other as brothers and sisters, as children of our parents, as members of a larger community, ravishes the sanctity of this respect.
While I cry alongside the larger American community about the brown-facing that misappropriates our identity, my bones are broken, my heart ripped out, and my voice muted because this show violates our culture in a way that feels like being physically violated. Its explicit nature restricts any discussions within my family and its false depiction of Tonganess nulls any analysis. Its mainstream reach is scary because of its ability to define who Tongans are in the eyes of outside communities. Worst of all, its mainstream broadcast normalizes this as Tonganess to the 43% of our community that are youth and didn’t have the privilege of being immersed in the core teachings of Tongan culture.
I came across Jonah from Tonga as I was scrolling through the TV listing at my parents’ house this weekend. My parents were sitting right behind me as I pressed the remote so hard to advance the listing past the show. I felt so much shame fill my face as my mother asked me why that show had Tonga in its title. I couldn’t bring myself to show her, much less explain to her, what the show was about.
And being mixed doesn’t mean someone is automatically going to be light skinned or white-passing.
So stop using any of those traits as an excuse to whitewash.
Stop derailing criticism of whitewashing with “Well what about mixed people?”. Stop pretending that people who whitewash are showing any real kind of nuance or consideration towards mixed and/or light skinned people of color when they do that. They’re erasing us too because if they really meant to represent mixed people, the’d just cast a mixed person. Not a white person with a spray tan.
The year 2009 brought about a seismic shift to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: after twenty-five years as a mom-and-pop property–albeit a ridiculously successful one–the intellectual property was sold to Viacom, and more specifically Nickelodeon, an entity that would not, and did not, waste any time capitalizing upon it. Only an entity like Nick could have been able to take a cartoon series that lasted six years and almost a hundred and fifty episodes and make it seem like a footnote in TMNT history, but that’s precisely what happened; with the turtles once again in comic book stores, tv screens and movie theaters, the last few years have been like 1991 all over again.
However, this is not, in fact, 1991, a time when Eastman and Laird were willing, if not always happy, to let almost anyone play with their toys: Nickelodeon appears to keep the turtles on a much shorter leash. Even when characters like Karai get radically reinvented, it feels like a boundary exists; the turtles must not pass this point. They can’t be radical, just Radical (TM). Therefore it is not surprising to see that April is once again and three times over, a white woman.
"It’s such an important story of racial struggle. The dominance of one race over the another and I think it’s such a great story. It would be a shame for people to not see it or turn away for another reason."
So apparently Ben Whishaw will play Freddie Mercury in a biopic that is still in production…smh everyone forgets that Freddie Mercury was Gujarati/Parsi and apparently the movie isn’t going to touch on his having AIDS.
If I ever become notable enough as an author that my books become films, I swear I’m going to start a novel like this some day…
Aeron was dark. And by dark I don’t mean morose in mood or unscrupulous of conscious. Aeron was dark of skin. Aeron was dark of skin because the melanocytes of his ancestors needed to increase melanin production to defend against the ultraviolet radiation inherent in living near the equator. What’s more is that he wasn’t just dark of skin but noticeably dark of skin to the most colorblind racist in the land. It was notable in such a way that in the event of this novel becoming a film, a casting director couldn’t possibly interview a single white person for the role.
"What is whitewashing?" Said Gorbatrexicon the satyr.
"Why…" Said Aeron "It’s the act of licking ones own asshole while simultaneously complaining about the taste of shit." After which he mounted his dragon, and flew into a beautiful sunset.
ok but like, i’m tired of ppl telling me to “calm down” when ever i talk about representation in the media.
today one person even told me that i can’t “get worked up” about this all the time and that “it will never change.”
ok so first of all, fuck u.
and second of all—-i CHOSE this fight. i am CHOOSING to speak out about this because it is something that i believe in. i dont want the black girls coming up under me seeing the things that i saw—-believing the terrible things about blackness that i was taught to believe.
if my marching puts even ONE MORE black woman on tv in a position where they get treated as human beings i have DONE SOMETHING. it’s a victory and i wont let ANYBODY take that away from me.
trust and believe if i need to fight till the day i die, i’ll fucking do it.
Exodus isn’t out until December, but Ridley Scott has already faced criticism for casting so many white actors in Egyptian and Middle Eastern roles. The most damning example is how the heroes and royals are almost all played by white actors, while most of the black actors in the movie have minor roles as slaves, thieves, and assassins.
"Egypt was—as it is now—a confluence of cultures, as a result of being a crossroads geographically between Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. We cast major actors from different ethnicities to reflect this diversity of culture, from Iranians to Spaniards to Arabs. There are many different theories about the ethnicity of the Egyptian people, and we had a lot of discussions about how to best represent the culture.”
This makes about as much sense as the explanation that Darren Aronofsky’s Noah had an all-white cast because it was “mythical.”
I swear to god if I aw another bitch say “stop ur whitewashing” I will tbh stab someone. y r u so damn sensitive? y do some people in the black community just get so damn angry at white people for BEING WHITE OR MAKING PEOPLE WHITE??? I swear to gawd I’m sick of all of this “whitewashing nonsense…”
This person is saying that they want to stab people because PoC are having conversations about whitewashing…and she thinks black people are the sensitive ones.
They’re sick of people talking about whitewashing, but not of the racist practice itself?
Sooo… Rinko Kikuchi was busy, I assume? And every other Japanese actress in Hollywood (or, hell, any Asian nationality or heritage)? Like, I wouldn’t be bothered if they changed up the make-up of the rest of the team to include a bunch of different races and backgrounds, but this is super iffy. There are so few lead roles for women of color that this is way not cool.
Ghost in the Shell can probably handle “Americanizing” better than Akira would have, but this has the stink of bad idea all over it.
“I love Zoe Saldana’s work. I’ve seen some of her movies more than once and really enjoy what she brings to the screen. As an actress I respect her process, but I also know that there are many actresses out there, known or not, who would be great as my mother. The one actress that I’ve had in my heart for a very long time, whose work I’m familiar with already, is Kimberly Elise. Many people have spoken to me about Viola. I love her look. I love her energy. Both of the actresses that I’ve mentioned are women of color, are women with beautiful, luscious lips and wide noses, and who know their craft. I also have no problem introducing someone we’ve never heard of before who can play my mother. How does someone just decide to do a story about someone and completely bypass family? Completely bypass her representatives? … I talked with [the director, Cynthia Mort] once, about a year and a half ago. It was very emotional for me to just get on the phone with her because there were so many questions in my mind… I asked her if her mother was still alive. I asked her if she still had a good relationship with her mother and she sounded like a really nice lady. She really, really believes in what she’s doing. I do remember saying to her that if any of us tried to take the story of Bing Crosby or, Dean Martin, or Frank Sinatra, or Elvis Presley and turn it into something that was a tall tale based on something that never happened, I doubt that we’d get very far. My mother’s life was tragic enough. My mother suffered enough. Her life is full of enough wonderful and tragic true things to make a hit movie. You don’t have to embellish her story.”—Lisa Simone (Nina Simone’s daughter) addressing the serious problems with the Nina Simone biopic starring Zoe Saldana (via angrywocunited)