Terry Crews ain’t here for Hollywood bullshit
Why are they white! The fuck
I agree with everything you are saying but my point was more on the editing side of things not race in itself.
except it doesn’t work like that. what you do doesn’t exist in a vacuum. your editing experiment ended up having racist implications because you weren’t careful. editing & race have a long, unpleasant history together and that should have been one of the first things you thought of in your experiment. you need to offer up a proper apology for saying and doing something racist, regardless of your intent.
im not necessarily saying blue eyed zayn isnt racist, im just waiting for someone to make a concrete and plausible claim as to why it is racist
people like me have always felt like we’ve needed whiter skin and lighter eyes to feel valuable or to have stature. when someone like Zayn (a Desi, a poc) has his eyes photoshopped into being blue (which is a predominantly white characteristic), there are connotations of a blue eye color being prettier or preferable being solidified. By promoting these edits, you’re promoting the idea that white characteristics are more attractive than supposedly sub-standard brown characteristics. Some desi’s might have light eyes, but this stems from a recessive gene that is EXTREMELY rare. So, blue/gray/green/purple eyes are mainly associated with being white.
poc always have to justify why they aren’t white. we say that our skin is this color because it’s summer but it gets lighter in the winter i swear. we wear colored contact lenses even if they irritate our eyes because who in their right mind wants ‘shit-colored’ eyes? we dye our hair lighter because it’s more ‘beautiful’ than our dark hair. so when you photoshop zayn to have blue eyes you’re essentially saying that what he is isn’t enough. you’re reinforcing all the crap we hear daily and internalize. you’re saying ‘you’re right, being dark is ugly. you would look so much better if you were lighter. whiter.’ whether or not you mean it that way, that’s what every poc sees when you do this. it’s flat out racist and it needs to stop.
speaking of this post and how ppl. think it’s impossible for a biracial WoC to look different/darker than their biracial sibling—
this is (another) picture of Q’orianka Kilcher [half Peruvian Quechua-Huachipaeri, half White] w. her mother, Saskia [Swiss-German desc. American]:
…and this is Q’orianka Kilcher with her brother, Xihuaru Kilcher:
people reeeeeally all about centering Whiteness in any/every way possible
trying to use blondeness or the existence of mixed-race people as a way to justify whitewashing or erasing PoC entirely in media while refusing to acknowledge them irl
nice try, tho
There’s also something else I love about this movie. At the end when she realises he’s alive. They don’t kiss. Every other movie I’ve seen where there’s a boy and a girl and sci fi aliens or monsters, they fall in love. Even if they started out as friends. And in Pacific Rim. There’s still only this friendship or brother/sister relationship. I don’t understand why these feminists wouldn’t see this. (via songofages)
Something strange is going on. Animals are looking at you sideways. Things fall off desks when you walk by. You have a sudden hankering for red meat, and you wake up with muddy feet. Did you recently have a birthday? We bet all this funny business started right after that.
This is hilarious.
“Your world’s looking a little bit…whitewashed.And if you do know someone of color, they likely have skin that one might compare to a cafe au lait, mocha, or other beverage currently sold at Starbucks. “
As white people, we are used to representations of ourselves crowding the covers of magazines, crowning the posters of newly released films. The good guys are white, we have learned, after eons of our faces being plastered under cowboy hats and in impeccable Bond suits. White men are Superman, we have learned. White men are Ethan Hunt and Neo and white men are hobbits. Bad men, we have learned, are black. They’re gang bangers and thugs and talk loud and sometimes deliver funny lines where we laugh at their Otherness. Black men aren’t heroes, we learn. Our imagination and subconscious are so saturated with white supremacist notions of goodness, beauty, and heroism, that when confronted head-on with an image of a black man who is brilliant and kind and normal and who saves the day, we transform into robotic versions of ourselves: Does… not… compute. Hero… must be… white. It’s this line of thinking that turned Disney’s Princess Tiana into an animal for 95 percent of the movie. The collective white imagination had difficulty imagining a black girl as a princess… and so she became a frog.
First they freaked out when Rue was black; this time it’s Beetee.
The next day on the bus, I overheard a young woman and her friends — who had just come from the film, apparently — exchanging their thoughts about what they had just seen, and the young woman said, “I thought it was awesome. Well, except for Beetee. Why the f*ck did they make him black? Beetee wasn’t black.”…. After hearing this young woman’s comment, I jumped on Twitter and searched mentions of Beetee’s name. I came across the usual racist vitriol, but there was the occasional tweet that looked like this:
Like, it’s not the fact that he’s black, IT’S THE FACT THAT HE ISN’T BEETEE.— kitchen sink (@walkinginnuendo) September 7, 2012
I saw more of the same in comment sections on various articles around the web. Never read the comment sections, guys. Really. And it has led me to believe that the problem isn’t that Hunger Games purists who believe that Beetee looked a certain way were disappointed that the film strayed from that representation, it’s that white audiences in America are afflicted with a certain limitation of the imagination when it comes to the representation of characters they are fond of.
I am so angry because people who don’t understand how white washing is a thing and happens so often and yes that character is NOT white, sorry that you keep defaulting characters to being white.
lol at your ‘diverse casting’ where every single poc winds up dead
Honestly, I think I still do it on initial reads a fair amount — I can’t pretend I won’t. I assumed that Daneca in The Curse Workers was white, for example, and I’m pretty sure now that she is not meant to be white at all.
It’s hard to give any sort of advice about it IMO because I think a lot of writers either defer to stereotypes to “hint” that characters are of a certain race or ethnicity without saying it outright, and that is a whole kettle of ugly fish unto itself, because USING those stereotyped “hints” buys into those stereotypes and reinforces them more, which is also problematic.
For the THG characters, and the characters in a lot of dystopian books currently, the ways that the futuristic cultures around them operate can be one way to figure them out — but again, that can also be problematic, because the only reason Katniss’ portrayal isn’t appropriative IS with the assumption that she is a WoC, but then instead of appropriative, it’s fairly stereotypical of “Native American” tropes.
I guess one of the other things is just to think logically about stuff, like — if Frank Zhang is described as a Chinese-Canadian teenager, probably Cory Monteith wasn’t the best fancast for him, being a white guy in his 30s. (Not that Cory wasn’t a lovely person. He just was not Chinese. Or a teenager.) Or that if Carter and Sadie Kane are siblings and biracial, they are /both biracial, not just Carter, duh/. Or that Anubis is literally an Egyptian god; he isn’t going to be a white guy! Cassel’s mother’s maiden name was Singh; etc.
The other thing is just to, when you can, consciously challenge yourself to see characters who are not specifically stated to be white as not white. There aren’t traits that mean a character MUST be white (except being literally labeled as white, like Peeta Mellark, etc). Finnick has green eyes; he is not white. Etienne St. Clair has brown curly hair and brown eyes — he could easily be a PoC. Akiva is the most beautiful male specimen in all of existence, obviously he’s Zayn Malik.
It’s not an easy thing to unlearn. Like, I’m not going to lie to you, I definitely fuck up about it a lot and I have to work hard and reread things and catch myself before I fuck up about it in public. My old fancasts for things are a mess — even when I wasn’t assuming people were white, I was fancasting people as the wrong ethnicity all willy-nilly; it was gross. *I* was gross. But I’m trying to unlearn and relearn, and it’s a process. For everyone! :) It’s a good thing to be working on, even though it’s hard.
so suzanne collins demands buttercup the cat gets recast, but movie katniss is still white
I see a lot of people pointing out that Suzanne was involved in the casting, and I just want to ask these people how many productions or large projects they’ve been apart of with a team of people. If you ever have, you’ll know that it’s difficult, if not impossible, to follow through with your vision, when so many people are trying to do the same. If Suzanne’s vision of her book was a multicultural society, even if she made that clear to the people in production of the film, if the people involved in the casting thought that casting a diverse cast would cause them to lose money on the film, them THEY’RE NOT GOING TO DO IT. I highly doubt Suzanne was apart of the CASTING CALL, where only white actors were asked to try for the part of Katniss. Most likely, she was in on the casting, apart of it, but certainly not allowed to give the final word or provide approval- even if she was, I highly doubt she went through the entire process of EVERY SINGLE audition and call back. EVEN IF SHE WAS, I doubt she did more than nod at everything else the other people said, because SHE IS NOT IN THE MOVIE MAKING BUSINESS. She is a WRITER. Not a casting director. If I were in her position, I would have said and did what I believed made everyone comfortable. I would have kept my mouth shut when they brought in a bunch of white girls for the part of my VERY MUCHLY NOT WHITE character. In conclusion, I would like to point out that Suzanne Collins is white. If she was involved in the casting, even if she had final say on who should play who- it probably never even occurred to her that white people shouldn’t play as her NOT WHITE characters, because, for her, and MOST people, white is seen as the default race.
“People have no idea how often this happens. I have seen similar things happen to almost every writer I know who has written characters of color prominent enough so they could be on their covers.
Sometimes these writers get whitewashed covers they are forced to swallow… Sometimes the covers get changed, but if the books sell badly the covers (and the writers) are blamed, and the writer may not get another contract. People are being punished in this way, for writing characters of color, every day.“"
- young adult author Sarah Rees Brennan.
Check out Racebending.com’s full interview with young adult authors Sarah Rees Brennan and Holly Black. They talk about writing and advocating for diverse characters, non-whitewashed book covers, and more as allies in the industry. If you’ve ever wondered how publishing or book covers works, read on!
I add, naturally, that it is still a very important thing to do because… if you don’t do it—if you do write all-white all-straight no-diversity worlds—you are a worse writer and also someone participating in a great evil.
Holly Black and I were asked to do this interview, and we were honoured! I am by no means an expert on the subject, but this is something I feel we should all be talking about. And I hope I do not sound too silly, and I know Holly sounds smart because she usually does. ;) And I hope you find something interestin’ herein!
Go read Sarah being very smart!!