movies matter | criticism by maryann johanson
Sat Apr 23 2016, 09:13am | 5 comments
I bet there’s a similar list for Native American roles.
This issue has been making the rounds. There’s this, from the NY Times:
And this, from John Oliver:
And the website Racebending has been keeping track of all this and discussing the issues in detail.
Why not mention the incredible struggles Bruce Lee had to go through to work in television. Even in the Green Hornet, he had to play second fiddle. And remember Kung Fu with David Carradine?
i agree, there is a definite lack of good roles for actors of other colors, ethnicity and background. and “white” actors shouldn’t play asian parts, or black parts, or native american parts. but the character, kwai chang cane, was at least half white… what is to say *how* asian a character must look if they’re only half asian? i have a nephew who is black/white… he looks hispanic. if he wanted to play a part of a black person in a movie, should he be rejected? and why can’t he play a “white” character, since his parentage is equal parts white and black.
There is probably a similar list for almost any role involving a nonwhite ethnic group.
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