They didn’t test any white people for the role, so why don’t you look into something before you open your mouth? And before you call me a racist for this crap I’ll have you know my mother was born and raised in South Africa, and my grandmother is black. And before you say I’m a self-hating, white-washed black person, I don’t hate black people at all. I really dig my culture and I love it.
But when you take the source material and flip it on it’s head you’re going to have people picking it up and being outraged. If you want those characters that are created as minorities to thrive then you need to showcase them. Who knows, this Flash show might be the thing that makes Vibe cool and interesting. Or maybe if they brought in Voodoo or Rene Montoya it might be the thing that lights a fire under that fandom. Rather than taking something that isn’t and trying to tell us it’s better, why don’t they take what’s already there and show it to us in a way that can make you want more of it?
A black Iris West only leads to one thing if this show gets the fans it hopes to: It’ll force a change in the comics eventually. Iris West will never get her own DC title, and as such there isn’t much to be done. Voodoo, the Question, and Vibe, have all had titles before with little interest because no one supported them by buying them. With a show like this you need to showcase the source material to generate interest. With interest you can drum up sales, which NEWSFLASH, is all these companies care about. They don’t give a damn about whether or not a character is white, black, Asian, yellow, purple. All they care about is making a headline to drum up interest to line their pockets with money.
This isn’t about race to them, because to them race is interchangeable, it’s all about the bottom line:
Because no one ever makes casting calls catering to white people and only white people? It’s not like that happens with every major role in Hollywood. Hunger Games? Avatar the Last Airbender? Do any of these ring any bells? Do you think when they were casting the lead male for Flash/Barry Allen they had an open casting call? Do you think they gave everyone a shot? I bet if I somehow procure the casting call, it will say “white male only” and if it doesn’t explicitly say so, it will imply so since there’s a specific type of language used in casting calls that excludes actors of colour. Anything that says “girl next door” or “boy next door” means they’re looking for white people, no matter if it says open casting call. They’ll use certain language to cover their asses, then turn around and cast someone white; Hollywood has absolutely no problem doing this.
Not to mention, that sometimes when there is a casting for an actor of colour like in Drive where the female role was meant for a Latina, a white actress like Carey Mulligan can saunter into that casting and be handed that role no questions asked. An actor of colour would presently never be able to do that.
So you see, there are several ways that Hollywood screws actors of colour and caters to white actors. A casting that specifically looks for black actors to fill roles is fair play considering how unfair the system is in the first place.
But, hey, maybe you’re right. Maybe it’s totally unfair to “cast someone black for the sake of it.” Clearly the casting people went out and just looked for any black person, it’s not like they had to be talented to be cast in the role in the end. It’s totally not possible that they decided to look at a talented group of black actors that never get opportunities in Hollywood because the system’s stacked against them. God forbid they give a few black actors one role out of the thousands that they’re told they’re not right for.
You did sound like an entitled racist nerd; that’s an “opinion” based on what you wrote.
They didn’t test any white people for a supporting role in a CW series when there are so many other shows on the CW where white actors have a chance of being cast? Wait, let me muster up a single tear for our poor oppressed white brothers and sisters who can’t get ahead in such a system that caters to black people.
Your mother was born and raised in South Africa and your grandmother is black? Congratulations! My grandfather is half white and my great-grandfather was fully white from one of the whitest countries on earth, so as a part white person, I think that gives me the authority to call out a fellow part white person when I think they’re perpetuating oppression.
Apparently you’re in an alternate reality where Hollywood thinks that diversifying will make them more money as opposed to catering the same old white supremacist principles they’ve been catering to for decades. That’s totally the reason why a movie about Egyptian gods has an all black cast as it should…oh wait, no it doesn’t.
A franchise wants to make money? I wouldn’t have guessed. So what if they think that with all these demographic changes, they should start catering to realistic racial demographics? So what if they finally realise that if people don’t see themselves on screen, they’ll take their money elsewhere? If money’s what it takes to make people wake the hell up and stop using the excuse that actors of colour aren’t viable because they won’t bring in the dollars, then it’s going to have to do for now.
All these tears over a racebent love interest when the main character is still a straight white dude.