Gonna quickly throw in an epic quote I found on this article.
KJKJ: Gene Roddenberry, with balls of brass, got up on national tv and said, “hey people, if a geneticist took all the best DNA from planet Earth and put it together to make the best human the world has ever seen - he wouldn’t be a white guy.”
This is why I find the casting of a white actor in this role to be so repugnant. They are not whitewashing an Asian role, they are saying that the best genetic material that the entirety of this world and it’s diversity has to offer….still comes from a white guy.
Reblogging again for that
Gene Roddenberry was the shit and J.J. Abrams is just shit
Stereotypes happen. I try not to embrace them or avoid them. My job is to focus on bringing characters to life in an honest and personal way.
That being said, I did play three Sanjays in 2007. Yep. Three different Sanjays: one in a TV pilot, one in an independent film, and one in a cable show.*
Two ‘Sanjays’ might be a coincidence. Three ‘Sanjays’ is a flat-out trend. So what caused the ‘2007 Sanjay fever’? Was it the success of American Idol sensation ‘Sanjaya’? Possibly. Well? Yes. But what concerns me more is something deeper, something sinister revealed within this data. Maybe when people look at me all they see is a ‘Sanjay’. Like a 45-year-old woman with blonde hair, a fake tan, and long fingernails who works at a salon is probably a Debbie, am I a ‘Sanjay’?
Here are some of the words used in the casting descriptions for ‘Sanjay’: “quirky”, “mild-mannered”, “placid facade”, “virginal” and “allergic to dogs”. Dangit. These words fit me. But in Sanskrit, the word ‘Sanjay’ actually means “Victorious”, or “Conqueror”. Hmmm, “Victorious Conqueror” doesn’t exactly fit me, but my wife hopes that someday it will.
Regardless of the reasons for ‘Sanjay Fever’, I have learned that a name can only reveal so much. Though people might find comfort in naming me Raj, Arash or Sanjay, I know that I can be more than a ‘Quirky Virgin’; I can also be a ‘Victorious Conqueror’ (someday). After all, my real name is Daniel, and I am named after a Polish rock star.
*I auditioned for a 4th Sanjay in 2007 but ultimately lost the role to a friend."
Danny Pudi, who plays Abed on Community, writing in GQ about what he calls “The Year of Sanjay.”
He is remarkably sanguine in interviews about his experiences with racial typecasting. Nevertheless, this story makes me a bit sad.
I’m gonna need Hollywood to STOP FUCKING NAMING EVERY MALE INDIAN CHARACTER SANJAY OR RAJ. The male name spectrum goes FAR BEYOND those two names.
Indian men are not some monolith of awkward, virginal nerds.
So Danny, you tell them WHAT THE FUCK IS UP.
““Wow this makes me nervous. Her hair is definitely darker than expected.” This is how the Divergent fan’s mind works.”
And yet no peep about Four being white.
Things that ACTUALLY EXISTED FOR REAL IN EUROPEAN HISTORY: Non-white people, mostly those of North African and Middle Eastern heritage who were immigrants, merchants, missionaries, mercenaries advisors, and scholars; female leaders, including the famed Warrior Queen Boudicca; and queer folk, seriously, Shakespeare wrote sonnets for dudes.
Things that did NOT actually exist for real in European History: Magic, faeries, dragons, wizards.
Q.E.D. The “well, there’s no black people/brown people/women leaders/gay people in this European inspired fantasy because that would be inaccurate” rhetoric is bullshit.
JESUS FUCKING CHRIST YESTHIS PLEASE AND THANKS
So much fantasy is set in quasi “dark ages” feudal Europe. Can we just take a sec and realize that Europe is that asshole who gets to be a continent even though he’s not really a continent. He’s the jerk who, when he has a bad day, everyone starts calling it The Dark Ages.
FYI, “The Dark Ages” were a golden age for almost everyone else. Islam was booming, spreading and gathering up classical knowledge that would have been completely lost otherwise. China was going through a golden age of its own unter the Tang empire and Song empires, during which China grew and traded so much and so widely that they ran out of metal for coins and had to invent paper money (they also invented gunpowder). And let’s not forget that, while we have relatively few written records from this region, the evidence suggests that Africa (ALL of Africa, both around the Mediterranean and in Sub-Saharan Africa) was booming as well, creating empires of their own, trading with Islamic travelers and building gorgeous goddamn cities.
During this massively diverse time period, there were gay emperors and female emperors in China, the most traveled man in the world was an Islamic scholar and one of the wealthiest men in the world was an African Muslim king.
petition for people to stop using kaya scodelario, emily browning, logan lerman, and alex pettyfer as literally every character in literally every YA book fancast
Everyone is posting pictures of who they vision Mara dyer. And a lot of them a tan and have Indian in them. But Mara is suppose to be really pale just like her dad.
God forbid people fancast someone who’s actually half-Indian as a character who’s half-Indian instead of using yet another Caucasian actress just because the character’s skin is described as pale…
That’s okay, and I figured that at that point you were running out of characters on the ask length limit since there was no ending punctuation. Although the term would have been “blackface,” I think.
I tried using the “oppressor cannot be oppressed” argument in my newspaper class and can I just say that it really astonishes me how many people can’t get this?
Well, I think people confuse that idea with the notion that the person saying it is saying “you have had an easy, great life,” and that isn’t true. It’s the same reason I think people have such a fucking issue understanding privilege, which really is not hard to understand if you actually listen to the words being said. I don’t mind answering anyone’s questions about “what is privilege” or whatever because I do think a lot of SJ discussion on Tumblr happens under the assumption that people understand what “you have _____ privilege” means when most people, especially from the US, genuinely don’t understand it and haven’t been exposed to it before.
Like, nobody is saying that being white means your life has not had any hardship, especially if you’re a white woman. Or an LGBTQAIP white individual. Or whatever. And no one is saying that being neurotypical means you cannot feel sadness or insecurity or whatever, and nobody is saying that being a man means that you’ve never felt threatened by another human being. That isn’t what privilege means. But that’s what people hear and instinctively fight back against because they don’t like the idea of being told that their experience is valueless or insignificant… or incomplete.
That’s my only “this” gif. I need a better one.
samebutharold replied to your post: Okay..I think I kind of get it? But it just seems…
Black washing isn’t even a term? Is this anon serious?
It isn’t a term, and they were being serious, and that’s why I spent like half an hour on the answer(s, because I’m still sad Firefox crashed on the first one).
It’s okay to have ignorance of something as long as you’re willing to listen and learn when you find out that you had ignorance about it. I’m still learning, too. And unfortunately, white people in the US (and probably UK? And Western Europe and Canada?) just don’t learn this shit through culture, media, or school.
And we should.
:| I just spent 25 minutes writing a response to this but my Firefox crashed because I have 44 windows open.
I don’t mind at all, but really, everyone should listen to Pixie for issues like this because I am not the right person to be answering, as I am white, and can only barf up things I’ve learned and am still learning, and I can’t/do not want to speak for or over people with more authority on race-related fandom issues.
I think so, a) because Zayn has hazel eyes which are basically green, and b) the reason Harry’s eyes are a hallmark is because they’re “his mother’s eyes,” so any hazel-eyed actress as Lily would cover that issue. And fuck, they didn’t give Harry green eyes (OR EVEN “HIS MOTHER’S EYES”) in the actual movies, so go for it!