If you were curious of who I picture as the real life version of Bolin… it’s Micah Alberti you may remember him from a TV show called Wildfire that starred now wife of Jared Padalecki Genevieve Cortese. Anywho, this guy… is that guy.. just look at that face..
And honestly, everyone always complains about “white washing” of characters.. I see Bolin as this man because I can’t not look at his face and see anything but an Italian German background that has led to that BEAUTIFUL FACE…
UPDATE: It seems like a lot of people firmly believe that these shows should be casted with a strictly Asian cast. While I wholeheartedly accept that you are all welcome to your opinion, this is mine. I was simply stating that if I was a casting director looking for someone to play the role of Bolin, the uncannily similar features of Micah Alberti and Bolin would definitely turn my head. I’m working on a photoset of the original ATLA cast that has who I believe should have played their characters in the live action film. If you guys have any suggestions as to what actors and actresses you believe would fit those rolls really well let me know. I’d love to put together some fun options for everyone to see. Again since I didn’t say it before I’ll say it now, I apologize if any of you believe that I was doing this in a menacing or malicious way I promise I wasn’t. :)
do you agree?
Here we go:What you’re doing in inherently hurtful, whether you intended it to be or not. I believe you when you say you’re not trying to be malicious, I really do, but that’s really here nor there. AtLA and LoK are both set in a Pan-Asian world, and your fancasting choices contribute to the trend of Whitewashing, and erasure, and marginalization in the media.“If you were a casting director” this would be arguably worse, because then the erasure/Whitewashing would be on a massive, theatrical scale! (Like what happened with The Last Airbender!) That. Is. Harmful. It has real life repercussions. It effects real people, young and old alike, that rarely get to see people like themselves cast in major roles, let alone as the heroes of stories and films in Western Media.These options are, honestly, not fun at all. They’re really hurtful, and the fact that you can take everything so lightly is (probably unintentionally) insulting. :/Like, I’m glad you’re apologizing, but it doesn’t really help if you don’t understand why your actions are hurtful in the first place.Just in case you actually do care, here are some helpful resources:
- Here is a post about the Directors Guild of America discussing how non-White actors aren’t being hired in front of or behind the camera.
- If you don’t feel like reading, here is a poem.
- Even Cracked.com did an article on this: Points 4 and 1 are relevant here! And another about the effects of Whitewashing.
- Here’s another problematic example.
- Whether or not you like her, Cassandra Clare does an excellent summary here.Idk.
Help that helps.
Oh my god, social justice blogging strikes again. =.=
I always find this kind of thing funny
Because I’ve often thought about it, if I were a casting director, or script writer or anyone else who would get some input into who’s cast, I wouldn’t cast based on how well you resembled the character being portrayed, I’d much rather have good actors who can show emotion through film and tug at heartstrings and just over all play the role well. Their skin should really be one of the last things you consider.
If you have two really great actors going for the same part, and one resembles the character more, THEN it should be a factor.
Reverse racism is still racism
- The owner of AtYourRequest came to me, via my askbox, to tell me that she “appreciated my comments/feedback” to the original post. I responded with the above list of links because she. was. interested.
Then, she asked for help about the situation.
Here you go:
- To which I responded with -> this <-
- “Reverse racism” is not a thing. You need to stop.
- Especially in the media. They are not victims of erasure or marginalization, unlike PoC actors!
- ”, I’d much rather have good actors who can show emotion through film and tug at heartstrings and just over all play the role well. Their skin should really be one of the last things you consider.”
Believe it or not, Asian actors/Asian American actors can also be talented! WHOA.