People are replacing white actors with black people on movie posters for a very important reason
Nobody cares if a black actor is a lead.
If you consider the repercussions, that means fewer people are likely to see it.
Like modelling, movies are a business. Black Panther has proven that some black-dominant films can sell but generally investors (yes, the people you need to appeal to) know it’s a losing proposition. After trying, many times.
Not to mention, it always made sense that Hermione was black.
Mudblood, come on.
I guess since Radcliffe isn’t actually white (Jewish family, well-known name) there is something problematic in assuming anyone white-passing is actually white. How many of those white leads are actually Jewish, do they have data? Do they count them as white mistakenly? I’d like to see the data.
Are we all the same to them?
Hilariously, they try to claim there aren’t enough black people in music.
Black people OWN modern music. You have the MOBOs, no other race is allowed their own exclusive award show.
Which brings me onto the point nobody ever asks them?
What do you count as black?
Many Americans haven’t been African for centuries, many white families have lived there for centuries.
So is race more important than culture?
What is black?
They never tell us.
They appear to be working by some kinda one-drop rule.
OK, so when you count Markle it’s fine (boy does he regret proposing btw, she’s taking up all his air time) and Obama but when white people use the same labelling system it’s racist?
Who is looking at you doesn’t change what you are, it doesn’t alter your DNA (neither does Magic Dirt) so what kinda postmodern bull is that?
For activists, they need more consistency and to explain their fundamental positions. I would be interested in more showbiz data, but it doesn’t exist in a vacuum. You need to collect it on everyone to understand the relevance. They do not want to do this.
Let’s say someone is Jewish, Asian and African. Do they count as black, more another category, or the miscellaneous label Mixed?
Since you do want to pigeonhole people, to hire them and cast them and know who they are and study them to vindicate you, we need to know what the criteria are.
The general point they miss can be summed up in one of the posters.
I almost fell off my bar stool watching this over breakfast.
Oilspilling, a classic and frankly amusing oilspill. White people’s history belongs to white people (although whether the Irish counted during the Edwardian era is disputed). You don’t have a right to re-write history, especially when it isn’t your history.
You don’t own other peoples’ history, this includes non-whites’. I like intersectionality, to be honest, and it’s time non-whites stood up for themselves against other non-whites, you aren’t all one homogeneous blob of brown people. You have your own culture and history and priorities and that is fine.
You wouldn’t expect to see a black person playing a “Native American” and that’s fine.
That’s the good kinda racism, just acknowledging hey, there’s a difference, be respectful.
Correction: modern Turkey is not ancient Turkey – DNA.
And there is a difference, it’s healthy to notice this.
I’m not angry about this at all, these conversations need to happen. Multiculturalism assumes we all magically get along. Did that happen ever, even Kindergarten? No, it didn’t. We need to discuss how this operates, different groups who are fundamentally different in stripe and have differing values, in the short-run.
However, they won’t like thinking about these topics in any depth.
It’s a good meme. But it needs more depth behind it.
‘A lot of people were complaining, “Why are you trying to replace the white actors?’” she told Mashable.
Yeah the mashable guy has an Oriental fetish, I’m hardly surprised they’d cover this sympathetically. I do mean fetish, like very kinky hardcore fetish. Not just a preference, a “nothing else gets me hard” fetish.
Too much anime growing up.
“If you’re surprised, it means you don’t see enough black people in major roles.” – their site
Well, aren’t you wrong?
At least they handed over the funny sidekick role to the Asians, that was nice of them but personally I think the average African is funnier than the average Asian.
The latter seem to be stuck with kinky sex jokes, which tire past the stage of alluding to ping pong balls.
I’m going into reviewer mode, shouldn’t do that.
The missing point?
People are surprised because (post-black genocide especially) black people are a minority and thus, in fact, statistically over-represented. I don’t think those same people would be “surprised” to see a black person leading a film among the great Nigerian cinema and I don’t know any groups calling for white Africans to be in all the media, despite being a minority there.
Big up the great black cinema already around, starting with Nigeria and write your own stories, don’t appropriate those of other groups, which can only engender resentment (or maybe you want opposition to feel justified?)….
Ironically Legally Black had planned to put the posters on London buses, but this plan fell through when private advertisers failed to respond to Legally Black’s messages.
They have a duty to be apolitical with public transport ads unless it’s atheism/ anti-Christian. Make it anti-Christian and they’ll chase you, hunt you down to show it.
You want to be political activists, you cannot pretend to be apolitical when it suits.
Again, a lot of choices to be made.
Special Patrol Group sounds sinister.
who specialises in ‘subvertising’ — hacking advertising space to replace it with art.
Illegal because you’re taking a service you didn’t pay for but I can use that line too.
Remember: it’s okay to be white.
And that’s what all this is really about, innit?
If you cannot empathize with a white lead in a white-majority country (and then the Asians will over-take you as whites are dying more than being born, you will always be a minority) then maybe you should move to a region with your own kind, like a kind of Caribbean ethnostate. Sounds like a nice idea, a paradise, entirely self-supporting, owing Whitey nothing. You’ll be kicked around far more by Asians, they hate blacks the most and don’t apologize for their slave trade. Or maybe you should try to improve African cinema in Africa with a second phase of improving distribution options. Since most black people in the world still live there and filming is cheap.
Or have I let on that I know too much?
I would sign every petition endorsing Elba to replace Cumberbatch in everything, that insufferable prick. He cares so much about black people … unless it’s about taking the leading role cheese.
Sorry but no, you don’t harass people with a begging bowl during a play.
Begging is illegal, unless you’re a famous white man playing White Saviour.
Yes, they should feel guilty.
Update: to quote someone who knows.
There is another issue. Whitening up black people in the media as part of the brainwashing control. This is not a conspiracy theory, you can see it and they admit it.
It’s creepy and weird and stop. It’s like painting a sheep.
“What do the most successful of the black female performers in America do shortly before and during their ascent to high tier celebrity? Mimic the white north Germanic with added drag levels of make up. Lightening of skin, contouring, dyeing hair blonde and chemical straightening treatments. They mix trashy urban fashion with a spattering of haute couture. [fact: bougie actually means cheap Eurotrash, in Europe, it’s middle-class, an insult]
No one ever pays attention to the fact that in interviews, people like Nicki Minaj and Cardi B don’t just allude to having been programmed or in contact with the spirit world, they outright admit it. And people laugh it off “oh, she jus cray cray and you some conspiracy nut”
Beyoncé and Madonna are called things like high priestess for a reason, morons.”
Help them not to be mindless blonde zombies first, eh?