- 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.
- Anonymous asked
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.
I have grey eyes, and from my highly unscientific observations, grey eyes are the third most common eye colour among NDNs, after black and brown. There’s even Grey Eyes as a surename among some NDNs.
But I digress. Throw some contact lenses on Q’orianka Kilcher, Keisha Castle-Huges or Jade Willoughby and you still have a better Katniss.
I have a cousin, who is “full blood, I mean her father, her mother, her grandparents, all Native. and by the Gods - she has green eyes, with hint of like light brown.
I have gray eyes. And I’m an Indian from the same area Katniss is from (Southern Appalachia), mixed like Katniss, and from a coal mining family like Katniss. My brother and cousin both have gray eyes too. And my cousin has a higher BQ than me. So.
The white person cast as Katniss doesn’t have the hair color or skin tone or eye color in the character description and this anon wants to know about NDN eye color.
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
Mixed doesn’t mean white.
Light hair doesn’t mean white.
Light skin doesn’t mean white.
Light eyes do not equal white.
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.
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.
So, you know Woody Allen, of course. The filmmaker who’s seemingly been a critics’ darling, since the early 70’s; Your typical liberal New Yorker, who also loves to play jazz. But there’s that one thing though. You know what I’m talking about. That one thing that’s been whispered about, or even loudly discussed, ever since Allen’s started writing and directing his own films. And that thing is, the fact that you never see black people in his movies.
And considering that most of his films have been set in New York, one of the most racially diverse cities on the entire planet, how is it that black people are virtually non-existent in his films?
Well that’s not entirely true. There have been a few exceptions. There was Sonia Rolland playing Josephine Baker in “Midnight in Paris,” although she was basically relegated to the background, as an extra with no lines. And there was Hazelle Goodman in his 1997 film “Deconstructing Harry,” playing… take a guess, a prostitute but of course.
And that’s about as much as I can come up with.
So what’s the problem? Why hasn’t Allen had black actors in his films?
Well, he was just recently asked that question in a profile about him, in the New York Observer (HERE). When asked why black actors haven’t appeared in his films, the writer of the piece states that Allen was “horrified” when the subject was brought up.
But Allen has his reasons. It’s very simple. According to the filmmaker: “Not unless I write a story that requires it. You don’t hire people based on race. You hire people based on who is correct for the part. The implication is that I’m deliberately not hiring black actors, which is stupid. I cast only what’s right for the part. Race, friendship means nothing to me except who is right for the part.”
O.K. you want to run that by me again. Talk about contradictory. He doesn’t hire a black actor unless the story requires it but at the same time he doesn’t hire based on race. HUH? I’ve read it a few times already and still doesn’t make sense.
But not to fear because Allen is friends with both Chris Rock, who he once took out to dinner in Rome and Spike Lee “I’m friendly with Spike Lee. We don’t socialize, but I don’t socialize with anyone.” There’s a punchline: “I don’t have white friends either.”
Oh that Woody. Always good for a laugh.
So what do you say about this or you really don’t care? Or is Allen really being upfront and honest about how many filmmakers think. That is unless the part actually calls for a black or POC actor it’s not even on their wavelength. That should not be really surprise anyone should it?
The message is basically if you’re a black actor don’t bother showing up at any casting calls for Allen’s movie. But hey, Tyler is still hiring.
When I wrote about the whitewashing in tsunami disaster film The Impossible last year, I was given a dressing down by outraged commenters who deplored my “inability to look past race”.
But the idea that race is something we can transcend in a world still reeling from colonialism and its racist legacies is a notion only privileged white people can afford to entertain. As Waleed Aly wrote in The Sydney Morning Herald last Friday, there is no such thing as racial neutrality:
"Only white people have the chance to be neutral because in our society only white is deemed normal; only whiteness is invisible. Every other race is marked by its difference, by its conspicuousness – by its non-whiteness."
Every time people of colour are whitewashed - and it happens with alarming frequency - those of us who dare complain are told not to overreact, that it is just entertainment, that we shouldn’t play the race card. After all, why should race matter in a good film?
It matters because actors of colour are routinely sidelined. They may get literally a handful of leading roles per year in films where race is an essential aspect of the narrative such as 12 Years A Slave, but are usually relegated to minor roles such as the black ‘sassy’ friend, or the Asian nerdy sidekick, as this parody video shows.