- adventureswithdragons asked
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.
Or even more recently Maggie Q talking about how before Nikita, the only role she were ever offered were bit parts or Dragon Ladies.
There was a really interesting article I read last year too, about how a lot of Asian-American actors and musicians (singers, rappers, ect.) are just straight up going to countries like Korea and Japan because it’s almost impossible for them to find steady work in the U.S.
Which is what gets me when directors say they couldn’t find actors of the right ethnicity. There are tons of Asian-American (or even just Asian) actors attempting to get work in Hollywood; the studios just ignore them and then pretend there aren’t enough actors for the right roles.
the response to fans of colour who often can’t help but be disappointed by casting news (since it’s usually yet another instance where racial minorities are excluded) is always so over the top and nasty as though the disappointment is ruining lives.
it’s like, hollywood caters to the people who hold the majority of privilege and power all the time; these decisions are being made by people who are all about the status quo. disappointed fans have very little impact on a decision that is already set in stone.
you can be happy if you want, but other people aren’t going to be. and that’s okay. people are allowed to have different feelings. leave them to deal with their disappointment and work through their thoughts without inserting yourself into the conversation to invalidate those feelings as if they aren’t totally justifiable.
For the people who are so against [casting actors of color as Dornish characters], who are so desperate to send us around in circles looking for proof, it’s like it’s never enough.
Sometimes i just want to ask them what is it about the Martells being people of color that bothers you so much? It is so discouraging when people are telling us to “wait and see.” “Wait and see” for what? Guys, we’ve been consuming media since we were children. The second you come out, you listen to music, you sit down in front of the tv, you step into a movie theater, you are consuming media.
"Wait and see" for what? Do you know how many times I read a book and I fall in love with this character of color just to have them be turned into a movie and played by a white actor? Just to have that director say they picked the best actor for the whole when they only sent out casting calls for white actors?
Do you know what that feels like? Do you think game of thrones is the first time that we’ve had to experience something like this? it is not the first time! and I’m sorry to get so emotional but it’s not gonna be the last time and that’s what makes it so painful! In television, film, whether it’s in fashion, everywhere we turn, we’re fighting for diversity. I had to learn to love the darkness of my skin because everywhere I turned, it was a problem for people. So it’s fine if you don’t care, it’s totally okay, but please, please stop telling us to accept it. Please stop telling us to get over it. stop telling us to just take it. Stop telling us to accept the table scraps because you have a plethora (if you’re white) of characters to choose from. but for us, if you’re darker, if you’re black, if you’re asian, whatever, we just have a handful of characters and we can’t even have that!
I wish people wouldn’t just see me as the Asian girl who beats everyone up, or the Asian girl with no emotion. People see Julia Roberts or Sandra Bullock in a romantic comedy, but not me. You add race to it, and it became, ‘Well, she’s too Asian’, or, ‘She’s too American’. I kind of got pushed out of both categories. It’s a very strange place to be. You’re not Asian enough and then you’re not American enough, so it gets really frustrating.
I can’t say that there is no racism – there’s definitely something there that’s not easy, which makes [an acting career] much more difficult.
Here’s a question you didn’t ask: “Name one non-white person with greater star power than Armie Hammer?”
My first foray into infographics. I think this is an important, but sadly overlooked, subject. Feel free to spread around, but please don’t remove the source.
Check out BahStudios’s infographic on Hollywood casting practices!
When you are the only Indian-American female lead in a television show, you seem to be making sweeping statements about that person simply because you are that person and the only one whereas, for instance, Steve Carell — he’s not making sweeping generalizations about white American men on his show because there’s so many different white American men on different shows. …
So I get worried by doing this character that people think that I’m saying that about all those people. And I just have the weight of that on my shoulders, which is something that I do envy other performers for not having.