Are we not going to talk about the Racebending in tonight’s Korra episode?
Now, I’m sure Bolin is a great actor, but he is of Earth Kingdom and Fire Nation descent. He has no business playing a Water Tribesman, and I’m sure there are plenty of fine Water Tribe actors who would jump at this role.
Seriously, Varrick—these are your own people you’re selling out. You should know better.
…was bolin just the first person to be cast in a whitewashed role in the avatar universe
omg I THOUGHT THAT TOOLFJbdkfjwef
On the one hand, neither Earth Kingdom nor Fire Nation are white.
On the other, the fact remains that Bo’s ivory-pale ass is not Water Tribe.
Doctor Who Racebending [x] - John Cho as The Tenth Doctor
"I’m the Doctor. I’m a Time Lord. I’m from the planet Gallifrey in the constellation of Kasterborous. I’m 903 years old, and I’m the man who’s gonna save your lives and all six billion people on the planet below. You got a problem with that?"
*screaming internally *
I wish to watch a doctor who with the john cho. i wish to watch all of the doctor whos with the john cho. bring this thing unto me that i may partake of it with my eyes.
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.
Since apparently it was so hard the first time around for people to get and apparently people just can’t search through the ‘whitewashing’ tag for more information or go to any of these blogs (Racebending, Stop Whitewashing, DamnLayoffthebleach, Korraisnottan, Finite-whitewashing, Race in my fandom, etc) or simply use Google. I’m now going to explain it again, nicely for the last time.
What is racism?
I’d like to point you to the real definition (1, 2). The dictionary definition is not accurate since it wasn’t written by people who actually face racism. Those people would be People of Color (everyone that’s non-white). In a short sentence, white people do not face racism, PoC do. Also here is a fine explanation of whiteness. More on understanding racism: The Angry Eye (Part 1, Part 2). White privilege. Colorblind racism [1, 2] Also Colorism [1,2, 3, 4, 5]
Now before we can continue read that again. White people do not face racism, PoC (everyone that’s non-white) do. Okay? Okay. Moving on.
All whitewashing is racist and it’s extremely harmful. Let’s repeat it again. All whitewashing is racist and it’s extremely harmful. Got that? Good. Also there’s no such thing as Blackwashing.
Now what is whitewashing?
Her love interest, Bramford, is a Coal. So yeah, this is about an interracial relationship in a post-apocalyptic world. Or more narrowly, if you take out the question of race, a Beauty and the Beast story in which both parties must find self-acceptance (no story spoilers) before they can discover true love.
Not too many years ago, I can imagine that this story might have generated heated comments about the sexualized fantasies about black men. And yeah, there was one. And having checked out that blogger, I strongly suspect that he belongs to a much older generation than young adults.
Otherwise, I’m happily surprised to say there has been not a blip of protest.
So what does the lack of any racial outrage or puzzlement or fervor amidst the tremendous rain of positive reviews possibly say?
Conceivably, if the book had not reached the African-American community of readers, if such a category still exists, perhaps there might be some backlash. The first young African American reader who responded to me loved the book. But then, she’s the kind of free spirit who would eschew limiting herself to a single category.
Victoria Foyt, Author of Save the Pearls being the biggest idiot ever, quite possibly.
not a single blip of protest.
I HAVE NEVER READ SUCH STUPIDITY IN MY ENTIRE LIFE. I ACTUALLY WANT TO SCREAM. WHAT.
HER LOVE INTEREST IS A “COAL,” SO HE’S A PoC RIGHT? AND THE LOVE STORY IS LIKE BEAUTY AND THE BEAST?
AND THE DARK SKINNED MAN.
THE “COAL.” IS BEAST LIKE?
YEAH MAN, YOU’RE BREAKING SOME REAL GROUND WITH THIS STORY.
so white people are referred to as “pearls” while POC specifically black people are coals? really? fuck this person may they get thrown into the ocean forever
No, no, really. I want her to keep talking and defending this crap. Because the more she does the worse it gets.
*sigh, rubs temples*
I really really need to work on my stories if this shit is being published.
“Conceivably, if the book had not reached the African-American community of readers, if such a category still exists…” are you saying poc don’t read…?
I couldn’t get through the whole thing but the bottom. WHAT!!!
ARE YOU SERIOUS!
DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH I READ HOE?!
AND I’M ‘AFRICAN AMERICAN’, FUCK YOU!
YOU KNOW WHY WE DON’T HAVE OUR OWN SECTION OF BOOKS IS BECAUSE YOUR RACIST ASS SAVE THE FAIRY PUSSY BITCH BOOKS GET PUT BEFORE OURS!
I NEED A RICH FRIEND!
I NEED A REALLY REALLY RICH FRIEND SO I CAN START A PUBLISHING COMPANY!
OR MY BOOK NETFLIX IDEA!
Source: The Huffington Post
A few weeks ago, Racebending was consulted about a timeline that Salon.com wanted to publish about the history of whitewashing. Today it was published alongside an eviscerating satiric article written by Aasif Mandvi. Here’s an excerpt below, but make sure to check out the full article here:
All I have to say is that whitewashing has been going on since as long as Hollywood has existed — it’s a tradition — and rather than non-white people complaining about it, they should embrace it. It will make going to the movies so much easier and more fun. But there are just a few things you need to understand.
First, stop watching movies as ethnic people and start watching them as white people. There’s nothing that white people like more than seeing other white people in movies and on television. When you go to the movies with your ethnic “judgment” eyes, you miss my point. Watch as a white person, and suddenly your outrage turns to understanding and laughter.
Take a minute to walk to your limousine in my Gucci shoes, and you’ll realize that I’m just trying to make people smile. Mickey Rooney with buckteeth and a crazy accent in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”? It’s so much funnier than finding a real Chinese actor just talking like himself. Then you’d have to get a screenwriter to actually write genuinely funny lines for that character. You get so much more comedy bang with buckteeth and a funny accent. I mean, it made me laugh. Many people, including myself, were also convinced that Charlton Heston truly was a Mexican/Native American/Egyptian/Ape who talked to God. And I think I convinced a lot of Asians that Genghis Khanreally did look like John Wayne back in the ’60s. “Short Circuit” was one of my biggest hit movies and I was completely convinced that Fisher Stevens was Indian. Who knew he was a Jewish guy from New York? That accent was spot on!
My point is, I’m not the bad guy. I’m just the rich guy. When you look at it through my studio executive lens, you understand how important it is that both white people and non-white people believe that Indians, Asians, Mexicans and Arabs are truly just white people in brown makeup.
How to write satire and get the message across.
Because whitewashing is a non issue folks.