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Felicia Day, on her original audition for Buffy:

prophecygrrrl:

she-hulk-smash:

bituon:

belinsky:

I actually auditioned the year before for Angel, I think for the part that Amy Acker got. I don’t think I got very far. But it was nice that they brought me in again for Buffy — my character was supposed to be an Asian girl. 

ah

sighhhh

Fucking…. Ugh. And this isn’t the only time Joss has pulled these shenanigans. Kaylee Frye from Firefly was originally written as an Asian woman.

as were both of the Tams, Detective Tanaka from Dollhouse (played by Mark Sheppard), and Dr. Lin from Cabin in the Woods (played by Amy Acker). and these are just the ones that we know of, with obvious Asian last names.

Sadder still that the only other Asian Potential in Buffy couldn’t speak English and her foreignness and inability to communicate was played off as sooo hilarious oop~

Reblogged from apaullo95  182 notes

Racebending is part of the continued effort to change the perception black characters and black audiences have in the entertainment industry. Blackness is viewed as a niche market confined to one buddy comedy a year, one Oscar-bait film about our suffering, and whatever action movie The Rock gets paid $50 million dollars to do — and if Dwayne’s skin was a few shades darker, we wouldn’t even have that. Racebending helps to break that highly racialized film standard.

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thisislostinlace:

nablayah:

idilardayacad:

maleehaisconfused:

spikefuckingjonze:

anyone else noticing a trend here?

lol
didn’t know ancient egyptians looked like mayo…

RHAMSES IM CHOKING LIKE THEY DIDNT SEE THE STATUES OR NOTHING

Ok but of course the servants and thieves are black ok i see yall

Brown Jesus from Palestine, what the fuck is this!
Tuya and Zipporah are Sub Saharan unarguable black. Like you Zipporah’s familial descendants are still living a pastoral life in the same place she was from, and they still look like her.
Queen Tuya is black, in fact her tomb was found after the front load of white supremacist archeologist raided Egypt, so surprisingly enough her features were kept in tact on all of her antiquities as was her full name which also described where she was from…modern day Ethopian/Chad/Sudan area.
No matter how much fake tanner, pretty pretty hair pieces, faux box braids Sigourney will look ridiculous.
So it’s real nice to know that every reoccurring woman of visible East African descent is non existent and every male of visible African decent is a poor criminal. Awesome, and super accurate.

thisislostinlace:

nablayah:

idilardayacad:

maleehaisconfused:

spikefuckingjonze:

anyone else noticing a trend here?

lol

didn’t know ancient egyptians looked like mayo…

RHAMSES IM CHOKING LIKE THEY DIDNT SEE THE STATUES OR NOTHING

Ok but of course the servants and thieves are black ok i see yall

Brown Jesus from Palestine, what the fuck is this!

Tuya and Zipporah are Sub Saharan unarguable black. Like you Zipporah’s familial descendants are still living a pastoral life in the same place she was from, and they still look like her.

Queen Tuya is black, in fact her tomb was found after the front load of white supremacist archeologist raided Egypt, so surprisingly enough her features were kept in tact on all of her antiquities as was her full name which also described where she was from…modern day Ethopian/Chad/Sudan area.

No matter how much fake tanner, pretty pretty hair pieces, faux box braids Sigourney will look ridiculous.

So it’s real nice to know that every reoccurring woman of visible East African descent is non existent and every male of visible African decent is a poor criminal. Awesome, and super accurate.

Reblogged from bard-of-raging-boner  695 notes

bard-of-raging-boner:

I was really fucking annoyed when they cast whiney white boy Christian Bale to play Moses in Exodus (2014) and even whiter Australian white boy Joel Edgerton to play Rhamses.

But it’s okay, they have hired an actor who is a POC and of African descent, which is good because Exodus takes place in Africa. It’s all good guys.

Isn’t everything really okay and not racist now? Right?

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shoorm:

edit: Ricardo Montalban, the actor who originally portrayed Khan, is Mexican, yes. The character, however, is Asian (specifically Sikh). I apologize for not making the actor/character difference clear, and I do agree it was my bad for putting Khan in this post, since POC are not interchangeable. I wanted to show how a TV show in the 60’s cast a POC for a POC, while a Hollywood blockbuster made in 2013 cast a white actor for a POC. Apologies for not explaining the Khan issue further.

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dofer49:

nerdfaceangst:

iloveyouprincemuttonchops:

autisticbigby:

jesus are there still people who are excited about big hero 6  ? lets talk about how disney saw fit to make honey lemon white because she had blond hair in the comics, a character who was named “Aiko Miyazaki” for fucks sake 
oh and fredzilla, a character of ainu origin, looked like this image and got redesigned to this
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because an entire cast of poc would just alienate the audience, right ? fucking unbelievable 

Stop saying an entire cast of POC- it SHOULD be entirely Japanese (ONLY JAPANESE). Which would also make Wasabi Japanese (and once again excluding the black community). They’re clearly trying to make it more “American” (as they moved the entire setting from Japan to the USA) . Historically speaking, putting more white people in anything is never a good idea, but marketing- when 63% of the USA is white- it’s a decently smart move.  I’m not condoning changing the ethnicity of all of the characters, but it does make sense.  Besides, if Dream Works did it I bet not a single one of you would say anything.

#IS THIS THE NEW THING BECAUSE THEY COULDN’T COMPLAIN ABOUT HONEY LEMON ANYMORE#YOU’RE FUCKIGN UNBELIABLE HOW ABOUT YOU MARKET THE GODDAMNED MOVIE #LITERALLY DISNEY HAS NEVER MADE A MOVIE OF AN ENTIRELY NON WHITE CAST THAT MADE IF BIG #ALSO I’M SICK AND TIRED OF PEOPEL WHO DON’T EVEN READ COMICS OR EVENE THIS COMIC TALKIGN SHIT #ON TOP OF PEOPLE WHO KNOW NOTHIGN ABOUT SELLING FILMS OR FILM IN GENERAL #HINT: IT’S FUCKING HARD#SO MAD I CAN’T TYPE STRAIGHT #ALSO ARE YOU GOING TO FREA OUT BECAUSE HER BOOBS ARE HUGE AND HANGING OUT #BECAUSE LETS IGNORE HOW THE ORIGINAL COMIC AND COMICS IN GENERAL OVERLY OBJECTIFY WOMEN

Well actually I’m pretty sure people are still complaining about Honey Lemon. Also, Disney has made films with all-poc casts that have been wildly successful. The Jungle Book, Aladdin, Mulan, The Emperor’s New Groove, Brother Bear, and Lilo & Stitch. It’s not a large amount, in the big scheme of things, and it’s certainly not a justifier for how largely white Disney films are, but they do exist. So, Disney “literally” has made a movie of an entirely non-white cast.

I’m pretty sure there’s a lot of criticism for everything you mentioned, it’s just not all in this post (especially the objectification of women). I know there’s another one going around about this character in particular that states he is Ainu and debunks the concept of him being white in the first place. Yes, in fact, the entire cast should be 100% Japanese. Racebending is an unacceptable concept when you begin to hijack other minority representation. I know lots of people who aren’t going based on that principal alone (like myself). Aside from that, saying that most of America is white so that justifies whitewashing (even that it “makes sense”) or denying diversity is terrible, and is a fairly racist statement in and of itself.

DreamWorks has nothing to do with this, DreamWorks is not immune to criticism either - but that’s not the point right now.

Disney is powerful, established, and needs to stop doing what it’s doing. It has huge potential and is largely beloved - even by people who loathe it for the sake of core values. Disney needs to start doing right by not just the source materials, but by the people they claim to want to represent in entertainment. It’s also important to make people aware of what they may be endorsing when they see a film, and cause them to think critically. Entertainment is never just “entertainment”, its influence seems negligible but in reality is quite subversive and at times completely overt.

Genuine representation doesn’t start at whitewashing or racebending. It starts when you begin acknowledging the stories of minorities that already exist. It starts when you stop rewarding companies for providing sub-par representation and acknowledgement.

While it’s correct of you to bring up the largely offensive racebending of the rest of the cast, it’s incorrect of you to attempt to justify it because “it makes sense” to appeal to the white majority. Or even to justify it by saying they’re “making it more American”. What is and isn’t “American” is highly debatable, and I’m sure many people will agree that there are most certainly Japanese-Americans.

Furthermore, what’s extremely problematic in my opinion is the fact that Fredzilla is no longer Ainu.

Ainu being another group of ingenious peoples (in Japan) who have had their histories and ways of life devastated by a newer visitor to their land. As an Aboriginal Canadian that upsets me.

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Why is the Bruce Lee biopic Birth of the Dragon starring a white guy?

tarstarkasnet:

Why is the Bruce Lee biopic Birth of the Dragon starring a white guy?

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[adrotate banner=”1”]The news hit the interwebz recently that a Bruce Lee biopic called Birth of the Dragon is moving forward, with George Nolfi of The Adjustment Bureaufame attached as director. The film will be about Lee’s 1965 duel with martial arts master Wong Jack Man, which ultimately was about whether non-Chinese people should be taught kung fu. Though reports vary on the winner, the…

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they legit made up a white guy to be the main character rather than have Bruce Lee be the main character.

Which is kinda choice because Bruce Lee was an Asian American main character in the 1970s…but in the 2010s barely any films have an Asian American main character, and even the film about Bruce Lee won’t.

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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.

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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.