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05 August 2011 @ 09:10 pm
Seriously, people? *Seriously*?  

There’s been a futher in the comics world. Two of them, in fact.

Futher #1 is that Laurence Fishburne has been cast as Perry White in the new Superman movie.

Futher #2 is that in the Ultimates world, they’ve killed off Peter Parker and the new Spider-Man is Miles Morales, a black/Latino kid.

Both of these things are apparently unforgiveable to a vocal segment of comics fans because PERRY AND SPIDER-MAN ARE WHITE DUDES.

Seriously, people? I mean, really? *Seriously*?

Okay, possibly I’m not the go-to girl on this, because I thought Taye Diggs would make a perfect Gambit (the kid who played Gambit was fine. But Diggs is unspeakably gorgeous and absurdly charming, which in my book are the two most necessary qualifications for Gambit). But *seriously*? There are people out there who don’t think Laurence Freaking Fishburne would be an *awesome* Perry White? OMG. I have never heard such insanity. He’ll be a riot. He’ll be *perfect*.

And as for Spider-Man, excuse me, but WTF? I mean, okay, it’d be one thing if it was Peter Parker ripping off a Mission: Impossible II-style mask and revealing himself as a black man, but come *on*. It’s a brand-new Spidey. It is, for pity’s sake, the *Ultimate* Spider-Man: Spidey in a world that’s meant to be closer to ours, starting around Y2K, than the Marvel Universe dating back to the 60s. And people are whinging because Spidey’s not a skinny white kid from Queens?

I would say I’m speechless, except I’m obviously not. I just, I mean, Jesus, wow. These people are not living on the same planet I am. Or perhaps more accurately, I sort of wish they weren’t…

(x-posted from the essential kit)
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Amandatreehugginhippy on August 5th, 2011 10:08 pm (UTC)
This drives me absolutely CRAZY!! What bugs me even more is that, 9 times out of 10, if there's someone of any color other than pinky-white on the screen (little OR big), it's because the part was written SPECIFICALLY to be "colorized." If a part is not race-specific, then the default state is, apparently, white. WTF? Why are minority actors pigeonholed so badly? I go out of my way to support movies and TV shows where there are minority characters that didn't necessarily have to be. Shawshank Redemption was one -- actually, the character of Red was, in the King story, actually a red-headed Irish guy.

Almost everything that has a minority actor makes a point of it being a minority character -- something ALWAYS has to get said about it. And this is the kind of thing that keeps a racial divide, if not out-and-out racism. When your media constantly draws attention to a character's skin as "different" then how are people supposed to find a "normal"?