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Reblogged from thisiseverydayracism  299 notes

thisiseverydayracism:

Everyday racism is the fact that a white man has been cast as the KING OF SIAM in the Sydney/Brisbane showings of The King and I. And when this article brought up the white-washing of a PoC part, here are some of the comments:

A white guy playing the Thai king in “The King and I” is a moot point given that no Thai performer would consider playing the role.

Ah, how nice of Mr. “Mark Leo” to speak on behalf of EVERY Thai person in existence. *rolls eyes*

And  I’m sure there are MANY Thai (and other Asian) performers who would jump at the chance to appear in The King and I, regardless of the show’s unfortunate “interpretation” of history. Because Asian actors can’t be picky when it comes to stage roles, especially since we only ever get cast in things that are specifically about our race. They’ll happily cast us in Madame Butterfly, but god forbid we get to play Romeo or Juliet!  Hell, just look at all the people who complained about Annie being black!

The musical on both Broadway and in the film was made famous by Yul Brynner and he certainly didn’t look Thai.

Ugh. The fact that the very white, Russian Yul Brynner played an Asian in the 1956 film does not excuse the casting of a white man in the role FIFTY-SEVEN YEARS LATER. It genuinely baffles me that there are people who not only see nothing wrong with white-washing, but who also ENCOURAGE it because that’s how it was in the so-called “good ol’ days”.

Since the K&I is hardly a documentary, it would seem to be entirely irrelevant whether the lead is actually Thai.

I…don’t even know what this person is trying to say here? Are they saying it’s perfectly ok to cast  white actors in PoC roles…because it’s fictional? Forgive me, I didn’t realize there was some sort of unspoken rule that says Asians are only allowed to play Asians in documentaries. *rolls eyes again*

Opera demands the best voice be cast.

Isn’t it funny how this argument only ever seems to come up when a white person is cast as a PoC. “Well they must have been the best person for the part”…Seriously? Are you telling me that there are NO Asian actors who are “good enough” to play the King of Siam? None at all? Don’t people realize how damn racist it is to assume that white actors always get non-white roles because they must be “better” than PoC actors?! Screw that!

Nasty vile writing revealing more about the author than his argument.

Apparently having a problem with white-washing and racist casting makes you a “nasty, vile” person. *rolls eyes so hard they do a 360*

A bit difficult to know when ethnicity is irrelevant to the plot.

You heard it here first, folks! Ethnicity is “irrelevant” in a story about THE KING OF SIAM.

Reblogged from taradesuyo  319 notes

Edge of Tomorrow was really good, but…

taradesuyo:

I liked Edge of Tomorrow! It was a very solid summer action flick and Tom Cruise & Emily Blunt carried the film extremely well together. I also really liked the novel All You Need Is Kill and what I read of the comic adaptations. The potentially problematic pacing and action scenes in the film were both handled extremely well and it does a good job of explaining its brainy time travel concept to a mainstream audience. I also think the creature designs might be my favorite of all depictions of the Mimics from any version of the story. 

There’s just one thing that’s been bugging me. At some point from the page to the screen not one, not two, but three characters changed races, and one changed race and gender, all in favor of getting more white dudes in the main cast. 

Keiji Kiriya (Japanese man) = William Cage (White man)

Sgt Ferrell (Brazillian-Japanese man) = Sgt Farell (White man)

Shasta Raylle (Native American woman = Dr. Carter (White man)

I’m not usually one to bring up race or complain about bad casting or whatever, but this was just kind of (very) disappointing. I mean, you have an excellent opportunity to faithfully cast a multinational, multi-ethic group of interesting characters, and you rewrite them to yet another bunch of middle aged white dudes. Because we needed another movie cast that looks like that. I liked you, movie. I wanted to love you. But casting a diverse group of disposable nobodies as your side characters does’t really make up for this like I know you think it does.

They basically whitewashed every main character of color and even switched the Native American woman of color to a white dude.

The original version of the story from Japan was more diverse than the American adaptation.

Reblogged from kitsuneheart  339 notes
kitsuneheart:

This is pretty funny to me, considering the fact that “Million Dollar Arm” is about two Indian baseball players ( Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel), and all the movie posters are of Joe Mc White Coach.

The plot of movie was also whitewashed.   In the “true story” two Asian Americans, Will Chang (Tzi Ma) and Ash Vasudevan (Aasif Mandvi) came up with the idea of recruiting Indian athletes.  They then encouraged a reluctant JB Bernstein (John Hamm) to come with them to India.  The movie focuses on the white dude, Bernstein, and “fictionalizes”the genesis of “The Million Dollar Arm” contest by having J.B. Bernstein be the one who comes up with the idea of recruiting cricket players from India.

kitsuneheart:

This is pretty funny to me, considering the fact that “Million Dollar Arm” is about two Indian baseball players ( Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel), and all the movie posters are of Joe Mc White Coach.

The plot of movie was also whitewashed. In the “true story” two Asian Americans, Will Chang (Tzi Ma) and Ash Vasudevan (Aasif Mandvi) came up with the idea of recruiting Indian athletes. They then encouraged a reluctant JB Bernstein (John Hamm) to come with them to India. The movie focuses on the white dude, Bernstein, and “fictionalizes”the genesis of “The Million Dollar Arm” contest by having J.B. Bernstein be the one who comes up with the idea of recruiting cricket players from India.

Reblogged from lovecraftianlove  76,580 notes

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eshusplayground:

wise-barrel-maker:

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30 Days 21 Hunger Games Argo Drive Pay it Forward Lone Ranger Fantastic 4

Lemme reblog again and let you know why casting that white woman as the female lead in “Drive” was so fucking wrong and fucked up.

Director Nicolas Winding Refn literally gave Carey Mulligan the part because she “seemed pure,” like someone he wanted to protect.

No, really. He literally said that shit.

These traits were ones he literally did not consider a Latina for. He picked her specifically because he fit that damsel in distress imagine that’s been coded as white. Latinas were not even given the opportunity to audition for the role.

AND SCENE

Unfortunately, due to modern stereotypes either reinforced by Hollywood or other popular media, people have trouble seeing history’s many colors. They only wanna see only black nd white, familiar, absolute one sided portrayals of the events throughout history. I’ve had astonished Asians and non-Asians come up to me at these re-enactments. Some encourage me and some discourage me from doing it. They act like what I’m doing is an absurdity sometimes or wow I didn’t realize Asian Americans
even know American history at all! Some don’t think I look the part. I’ve even seen an old Asian couple taking photos of my unit, but making sure I’m left out of the photo.

My question to them is, what about you? Why don’t you come out and represent your own history, then if you look more the part and spend your own time and money? Heck, I didn’t even know there were really Chinese in the American civil war until I started doing this hobby and got a history lesson from other American re-enactors. Even Congress has passed a resolution to acknowledge that!

By Anonymous note from an Asian American Civil War reenactor to Summer Lee.
Reblogged from thartist72  882 notes

Oh yeah, that was the biggest joke of all. I think that there is a general pattern of “white-ifying” everything. Just because they make Heimdall black in the Thor movies doesn’t really make a counterargument. In fact, the amount of what they call “racebending” that goes on in Hollywood is extraordinary. I mean, I have sat down with agents who will tell me straight up, “Listen, you write about Dominicans in New Jersey. We can make an indie film about this, but nobody in Hollywood wants to see anything but white leads.” And so when I heard that they wanted to cast all white characters in Akira, it just really shows you how little the dream factory of our popular culture has caught up with the diverse reality of our present. I mean, the nation in which we live — and the world in which we live — is so extraordinarily more like a future than the futures that we’re being sold on the screen and on television.

By

 Junot Díaz

 

(via thartist72)

Modern Hollywood and the Ancient East

The 1001 Arabian Nights. The Biblical flood and the family that repopulated the world. The Jewish exodus out of Ancient Egypt. The story of Jesus of Nazareth. The Ancient Egyptian gods Horus, Ra, and Set…

These movie concepts, in development for 2014 and 2015 releases, are based on stories and histories from the Eurocentric concept of the “East” that have captured the Eurocentric imagination. They’re also rare acting opportunities for actors of color that continue to be cast with white actors.

Liam Hemmsworth and Anthony Hopkinswill star as leads in the Arabian Nights.  Russell Crowe stars as the patriarch of the Earth-repopulating family of Noahin what the film claims is a “close adaptation of the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark.” Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado portrays the role of Jesus inSon of God. White Brit Christian Bale plays Moses and white Australian Joel Edgerton plays Ramses II in Exodus. White Scottish, Danish, and Australian actors top the cast of Gods of Egypt portraying Set, Horus, and Ra.

North African, Near Eastern, Middle Eastern, South Asian–they’re already arbitrary cultural classifications. Depending on Hollywood’s purposes, these characters, cultures, and stories are either made white or racialized as a swath of brown…

Read the full article at Racebending.com

Reblogged from ninjaruski  347 notes

    ninjaruski:

    I am pleased with the aesthetic that Michael Bay has generated for his adaptation of the Turtles, especially the subtly more monstrous depiction of the Turtles themselves which, to me, calls forth images of the Kappa and some of the darker covers to the TMNT trade paperbacks.

    However, I am completely displeased with Bay’s casting of William Fitchner as Oroku Saki (the Shredder). There are several Asian and Asian-American actors who could have portrayed Oroku Saki, preserving his East-Asian heritage and remaining faithful to the original material.

    If I’m going to be super-critical of this, casting Fitchner as Oroku Saki is all but popularizing cultural appropriation. It does not matter how Fitchner’s Shredder acquires the skills and knowledge to become Shredder and put together the Foot Clan; so long as he is actively co-opting the cultural traditions that surround the Ninja and excising them from their cultural context for his own benefit, Fitchner’s character is cultural appropriation writ large.

    Against Fitchner, my first choice would be Brian Tee, given the ways in which he has channeled some serious malevolence in Ninja Assassin and other films where he is cast as an antagonist. To me, he seems to “fit” the way that Shredder has been portrayed and the new vibe that Bay is setting up. Other choices that I would approve of would be Hiroyuki Sanada (who has the martial arts chops to carry the role), Tadanobu Asano, and Ken Watanabe.

    It should be noted that all of my choices for the role are men who have some Japanese ancestry (or are Japanese themselves) and understand the cultural implications of Oroku Saki, the Foot, and the possible motivations of the character as rooted in a cultural context beyond the film. As members of Japanese culture, these actors could call upon their cultural resources, to understand the feeling that the character should have, as opposed to merely cloaking themselves in the trappings of the culture. There would be a greater depth to Tee, or Watanabe, or Sanada’s Oroku Saki that Fitchner would be unable to capture.

    Unfortunately, as it seems, whitewashing seems to prevail over authenticity, even when it is something as beloved as TMNT. Then again, given what happened with The Hunger Games and Star Trek: Into Darkness, I should not have expected Hollywood to remain faithful to the material in casting an Asian or Asian-American actor for the role.

Reblogged from allerasphinx  25,613 notes

allerasphinx:

jannadreams:

But I wonder if they weren’t looking for a Native American actor because Tiger Lily is such a stereotypical character that they didn’t want to insult people by having a Native American play her.  This way if she’s white, they can say she is a fantasy of an Indian from old time children’s imaginations.

The way that you fix a stereotype isn’t by erasing representation of marginalised people altogether and replacing them with white people. You make the effort to fix the stereotype by creating an accurate representation of an indigenous plains native (it’s really not that difficult), not insult people even further by taking away a role from a native person. How is erasure a solution? Clearly people are just as offended by this practice.

Not to mention, you’re still suggesting redface stereotypes as a solution to the stereotype? Does that make sense to you?