movies matter | criticism by maryann johanson
Mon Dec 21 2015, 08:59pm | 5 comments
I also liked JK Rowling’s tweet about which of Hermione’s characteristics are canon and which aren’t. But I would go further and say that canon doesn’t matter. It’s canon that the Founding Fathers were white, but that’s certainly not getting in Hamilton’s way. (Theater has been much better about race-blind casting than film, in any case.)
And before anyone can object “but you’ll all complain if a white person plays a nonwhite character,” this link may answer your question.
Older comic book fans keep getting alarmed that the super-heroes no longer look the way they remember. We have versions of Spider-Man, Thor, Captain America, Wolverine, and Ms. Marvel who aren’t all white or male. The older readers keep insisting that they’ll never buy another Marvel comic. In the meantime, the comics are selling really well and, I suspect, ensuring that there will be an audience for super-hero books a generation from now.
In the Bible, it says that the Jews had to wander in the desert for 40 years, so that the older generation died out before the next generation went to live in the Promised Land. I wonder why that suddenly comes to mind.
It’s a truism that science advances one funeral at a time.
(So does mad science, but for different reasons.)
Egad! Next thing you know, they’ll be giving Harry Potter a nonwhite girlfriend… Oh, wait! They did. And yet the world kept turning, the sun still rose and set normally and life as we know it continued as usual. One would think there was a lesson there or something…
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