A new [Tumblr] is cutting Hollywood films to just the speaking parts for non-white people. Suffice it to say, the new films are not very long. My ‘favourite’ has to be Noah, that film about the Biblical flood. I’ve not seen the film but given the source material I’d expect a few non-white actors. [Here’s the new cut].
I found out about this from [Buzzfeed]. The article explains,
Marron [the project-maker] wants the audience to come up with their own conclusions about the lack of diversity in Hollywood after watching the clips.
“I present these cuts without comment and without embellishment,” he said. “As the volume of videos keeps getting bigger, a pattern will emerge. When you lay out patterns in front of people, they speak much louder than any megaphone rant.”
One part of the article really caught my eye,
Although Marron’s idea is simple and straightforward, he still receives negative criticism toward the project, mostly from YouTube commenters.
“It’s interesting to see people get so defensive when the work they’re attacking is simply presented facts,” Marron said.
It’s a surprisingly good article (I have to say, I’ve been really impressed with Buzzfeed and how it tackles things like racism, sexism, homophobia and the like. It may have a lot of fluff but there’s some really good stuff hidden there).
Of course the comments are doing a wonderful job of justifying why work like this is needed. Many are denying there is a problem and claim that black people are more represented in things like rap and hip-hop (seriously) so there’s no racism, okay? As are so many of these conversations, the complete lack of awareness and the certainty with which baseless views are espoused is depressing to behold.