Equality & Diversity
Constance Wu Says Hollywood Execs Got Really Defensive About Her Whitewashing Comments
". . . executives have been taking Wu's critiques personally. Instead of engaging with her on the institutional aspects of Hollywood's racism problem, they have insisted they are essentially "good guys" caught up in difficult circumstances."
Another whitewashed film, this time with Matt Damon. The comments by Constance Wu at the end really sum up why this is such a problem,
“Why do you think it was so nice to see a nerdy white kid have a girl fall in love with him? Because you WERE that nerdy white kid who felt unloved. And seeing pictures of it in Hollywood’s stories made it feel possible. Hollywood is supposed to be about making great stories. So make them.”
THE GREAT WALL director addresses the Matt Damon whitewashing controversy
"Our film is not about the construction of the Great Wall. Matt Damon is not playing a role that was originally conceived for a Chinese actor. The arrival of his character in our story is an important plot point. There are five major heroes in our story and he is one of them — the other four are all Chinese."
The new Ghostbusters was awesome! Really funny and so refreshing. I realised how rare it is to see women be unequivocally good at their jobs, be nice people, support each other and wear appropriate clothes. I really want more films like this! (And to link it to ALD, how fantastic was it to see women geeking out about science without anyone bringing them down?)
It's a great film and Leslie Jones was excellent, as were the entire cast. Yet as the black lead she has been getting a huge amount of abuse online, leading her to temporarily quit twitter. Most recently her personal website has been hacked and replaced with private information and racist imagery. Luckily, the sexism and racism at the root of this harassment has not gone unnoticed. These are a few of the articles that have been written on the subject in recent days.
How Did This Happen to Leslie Jones?
First up is a good summary of the timeline, showing how just for having the temerity of being a black female actor and not letting the initial abuse shut her up.
They want to destroy Leslie Jones: Harassment targeting “Ghostbusters” star exposes the ugliness driving the new right
This piece looks at the wider causes and implications of the harassment.
"This is what feminists are talking about when we say things like sexual violence and harassment aren’t really about men being sexually incontinent or bad communicators. No one accidentally hacks someone’s website with racist jokes. No one posts pictures to humiliate someone because they were confused about consent.
We live in a culture where a lot of men think that a woman’s success diminishes them. We live in a culture where a lot of white people think the same of black people’s success. We live in a culture where some white men think the best way to react to this ridiculous fear is to turn sex into a weapon to hurt women."
Leslie Jones faces constant abuse – because that's how racism works
I'll end with a really powerful piece on the racism of the abuse.
"But this all didn’t happen just because she did a movie. It was because she is a statuesque dark-skinned black woman, sister in spirit and posture to Nina Simone; elegant in her vocal command, towering with a feverish, ebullient talent that cannot be contained. It’s asinine to say that the racists who are targeting Leslie Jones are Ghostbuster purists, and that’s really what this is all about"
Inclusion is key to better TV: It’s time to reframe the “diversity” conversation
This is an interesting article explaining that increasing diversity is not enough - you have to use that diversity to do something different.
"Where diversity pushes to get more men and women of color into director’s chairs and writers’ rooms, inclusion is about keeping those people in those positions, promoting them to the head of table or making them the star of the show. It means letting their perspectives add fascinating new tones to established storytelling formats."
“Mulan” is not a romance: Even with an all-Asian cast, Disney’s live-action remake could still miss the mark
FFS, just when you think Hollywood couldn't get any worse, it decides to take the story of Mulan - a story about a woman fighting, and winning, for her country - and turns it into a romance with a European bloke almost twice her age.
Why is Hollywood still using 'yellowface' in 2016?
A good piece on the history of yellowface in Hollywood and whitewashing in general.
“Luke Cage” and the racial empathy gap: “Why do they talk about being black all the time?”
I haven't seen Luke Cage yet but I have it bookmarked. It's incredibly sad that it's such a revolutionary show even in 2016 - a show with a black lead and a predominantly black cast. It seems to be making a lot of white people uncomfortable but really highlights how white most of our entertainment is.
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