- Anonymous asked
- Star Trek as a franchise in general and the reboot in particular has a race problem; instances where it was progressive do not magically cancel out instances where it was/is not
- Western entertainment media, elsewhere defined as ‘Hollywood,’ has whitewashed so many characters of color so often that it is, essentially, the default setting
- people of color have the right to and, perhaps most importantly, are right to complain about the erasure of their identities and cultures and bodies in Hollywood
- That Star Trek, a franchise known for it’s progressiveness, has regressed in casting and representation to the standards from the 1960s. Khan was a character of color. Regardless of how Star Trek decided to cast this character ~fifty years ago, using the racist casting practices of yesteryears, there is no valid, non-discriminatory reason for the franchise to regress to that now.
- That aside from Faran Tahir’s brief role in the first five minutes of Trek09, there are no prominent South Asian characters in this franchise, so when a character is named Khan Noonien Singh you’d hope they would be able to find an actor of South Asian descent out of all of the ones that are out there.
- That it’s Paramount again, not feeling like they need to learn anything from whitewashing incidents like “The Last Airbender.”
- That Benedict Cumberbatch is a white man with British and Hollywood crossover appeal; he has access to countless roles that are blocked off actors of color— including hundreds of Star Trek characters…and this just happens to be one of the most prominent characters of color at all in science fiction. If they won’t even cast people of color for iconic bad guys…
- That the Cumberbatchness of Benedict Cumberbatch somehow outweighs the importance of calling out discrimination. But that’s not “silly,” to you, nah, the people who are upset about racism are the silly ones.
I’m not very invested on the subject on Cumberbatch’s casting as Khan, so I’ll let y’all do the talking. :)
Yes, an intense casting search that stopped at the fourth or fifth candidate.
It’s not about the actor… it’s about what the actor represents, which is the fact that at some point, the creators of this film decided that there was no brown person good enough to play a character which is a brown person.
And that’s f—- bullshit. That’s insulting to every non-white actor working on the planet, and it’s insulting to every non-white person in the potential audience. That’s it. That’s all it’s about.
if we’re all proved wrong and Cumberbatch is not playing Khan, that would in no way invalidate the facts that:
if Cumberbatch is not playing Khan, it further does not validate the behavior of fans who used racist rhetoric in their defense of what we thought was the casting. your shitty behavior is not mitigated if it turns out that in this specific instance, whitewashing didn’t occur. your shitty behavior is still shitty racist behavior. you don’t get a pass.
if Cumberbatch is not playing Khan, it doesn’t meant this conversation, which has been going on for over a year in just this specific instance, is over, was pointless, or was an overreaction.
- everythingrises asked
“Cumberbatch outweighs everything.”
“…let’s white people blanket dismiss all race issues to be as trivial as fanboys whining.”
- everythingrises asked
The “big deal” is:
That’s why this is a big deal.