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Racism, White Supremacy, Stereotypes & Hollywood
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Marvel Responds to Runaways Casting Concerns

Marvel Studios has responded to Racebending.com and the Asian American community’s concerns about the casting of an Asian American actress to portray the character Nico Minoru in Runaways (2012).

A statement Racebending.com received on Thursday, August 26th read:

“Thank you for reaching out regarding your concerns over Marvel’s recent casting notice for THE RUNAWAYS. We appreciate your interest in our production and with Marvel Entertainment.

“To address your concern over casting for the role of Nico, as we do with all of our films, we intend to stay true to the legacy and story of the comic when casting these parts. Thus, our goal is to cast an Asian American actress as depicted in the comic series and the casting notice will be adjusted accordingly.

“We thank you again for your correspondence and the opportunity to clarify our process.”

Marvel Studios

On the public open casting call website for Runaways, smallfacescasting.com, the breakdown (revised on August 25th) now reads:

“Girl 1: Uniquely beautiful, nurturing but guarded
Female, Asian-American, must play 16-18
Must be at least 16 by January 2011

The submission deadline for audition tapes has also been pushed back to September 15th to allow Asian American actors time to prepare their monologues.




The statement and change in the casting breakdown is the result of several phone calls and emails between Racebending.com staff and the Runaways production, Marvel Studios’ corporate communications, and Walt Disney Studios executives in the Multicultural Initiatives division. We had the support of the Media Action Network for Asian Americans and other Asian American advocacy groups during this process.

Marvel was respectful and responsive to our calls and emails, and did not give us the “run-around.” We felt they were very open to feedback from the Asian American community. (This is the huge contrast from the way Paramount and the production of The Last Airbender treated concerns from the Asian American community in early 2009.) We are really relieved and excited to have this clear response from Marvel.
Why the Casting Language Mattered

Racebending.com was first alerted to a discrepancy in the casting breakdown for Runaways on August 5th. The breakdown for the comic’s Japanese American character did not mention that the character is Asian, or that Asian American actresses should audition. This was in stark contrast to the casting breakdown for the comic’s African American character, where the ethnicity was clearly indicated, giving African American actors unfamiliar with the comic greater access to the role.

In Hollywood parlance, when ethnicity is not clearly stated in a breakdown, the default assumption that the character is intended to be white. Because nondescript listings are frequently used to cast white characters, a nondescript listing does not guarantee actors of color a fair chance. Casting calls interested in seeing actors of all ethnicities are usually more emphatic (ie: “submit any ethnicity,” “submit all ethnicities,” “all ethnicities welcome.”) [source]

The Hollywood view that a nondescript breakdown defaults to a white character is so entrenched that casting director/producer Rueben Cannon estimated in an interview that 85-95% of agents would not think to submit a black client for a role that does not explicitly say “black” or “African American” in the breakdown. [source]. When Racebending.com spoke with people working in the entertainment industry about the breakdown, they also confirmed that without the keywords “Asian” or “Asian American,” actors of Asian descent would face barriers in accessing the role. Including the keywords would mitigate systemic discriminatory factors prevalent in Hollywood.

While this is a comic book character, the public has always seen this heroine as an Asian American,” Floyd Mori, National Director of the Japanese American Citizens League, said. “Staying true to the story as it is known is critical in helping the American public to understand that heroines are not always white, but that all ethnicities can and do play that role in real life. This is a giant step in the right direction.”
Our Efforts

In our communications with Marvel, Racebending.com encouraged the production to change the casting breakdown to be more inclusive to Asian American actors, and stressed that the best person to portray an Asian American character would be an Asian American actor.

“I am sure that efforts Marvel and Small Faces make to ensure authenticity will pay off in a richer, more successful film,” Daniel M. Mayeda, Board Member of East West Players, said.

In addition to our work speaking with Marvel to encourage them to change the casting breakdown language, Racebending.com disseminated the existing breakdown language to over 30 Asian American theater troupes and performing arts organizations. We let them know that even though it is not stated clearly on the breakdown, the character was Asian American in the comic and that actors should audition. We also encouraged the Screen Actors Guild’s Affirmative Action and Diversity division to share the listings for the Alex and Nico characters with their actors. We will be contacting them with the updated breakdown, shortly.

While the significance of Marvel making a concerted effort to reach out to Asian actors through the wording of their casting breakdown is not something Racebending.com can replicate, we hoped that by spreading the word, we could ensure that Marvel will be able to find the best actor possible to represent this Asian American character.

“I want to thank Marvel for this quick response to the concerns of the Asian American community,” MANAA Vice President Lori Kido Lopez said. “We take this action as an indication that Marvel is dedicated to seeking out minority talent for this project, which is one of the most important steps toward diversifying our media landscape and providing more balanced representations of minorities. ”

We are thrilled that Marvel has changed the casting breakdown to align with their goal of casting an Asian American actress as Nico! They heard loud and clear that people of color want to be represented in their movies. We hope that more studios begin to understand, appreciate, and respect our desire to see more diversity in our entertainment!

http://www.racebending.com/v3/general/marvel-responds-to-runaways-casting-concerns/
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Racism is a waste of time. White supremacists want everyone to go back to where they came from, but the fact is, America has become a place in which people of all races reside. And there are theories that state that our only real difference comes in skin color which has to do with how much sun our ancestors got. 0_o

I do believe that Hollywood is in favor of white people. I see more white people, ugly and beautiful, than I do blacks, Asians, Hispanics, etc., etc., etc., and etc -- and when they are on TV, they follow a stereotype (hey, look. There's that word again.) It's like someone of a different race can't be smart, successful and beautiful without their background being called into play.

Although there are other influences, I believe Hollywood is one of our biggest aggravations. The more you shove race into people's faces, the more racial tension you create.


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Fall 2010 TV Season Preview

The Fall TV Season always brings in new shows, and this fall, shows that feature actors of color are featuring them in innovative ways. There’s an Afro-Cuban president, and a Latino Supreme Court Justice. Two spy shows both feature actors of color as the titular leads!


Despite these advances, Ray Bradford, the national director for equal employment opportunities at the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) describes the Fall 2010 television season as “really troubling.” “What I’m seeing is, with a few exceptions, not only shows that are predominately Caucasian with a smattering of minorities, primarily black or Asian in some roles; I’m seeing primarily Caucasian shows period,” Bradford said. “So while for each quarter you may have a handful of African Americans or Asians or Latinos, the bulk of the work in these shows is white.”

Some shows stick to formula, using actors of color in key roles, but still orbiting the white, male, featured lead. But we hope that the shows that are willing to take risks will do really well this fall and encourage more network television studios to offer equal opportunities to actors of color.

Here, Racebending.com takes a look at some of Fall 2010′s diverse network television offerings. Thankfully, these are not the only shows this fall that will feature people of color in key roles!


Nikita
The CW (Thur. 9/8c)

“When her fiancé was murdered, Nikita escaped the Division. Now, after three years in hiding, Nikita is seeking retribution and making it clear to her former bosses that she will stop at nothing to expose and destroy their covert operation.”

It’s also not often that women–particularly women of color–get to star as the lead in an action series. Maggie Q.’s casting is The CW’s highest-profile minority casting in the network’s history, and highest-profile series role for an Asian actress on a broadcast drama series, ever. [source].

When asked about the significance of her casting at Comic Con 2010, Maggie Q. said: “I am not the typical choice for this, and am glad to be able to represent a group of people who are underrepresented.” [source].

What We Don’t Want to See: In a genre that tends to sexualize and objectify women–in an industry that particularly sexualizes and objectifies Asian women– it would be easy for Hollywood to, well, go there and reinforce the “Dragon Lady” stereotype. Series creator Craig Silverstein said he wanted to write the lead as “beautiful and exotic” and it looks like critics are already thinking that “exotic” is a great word to use when describing Maggie Q. (Here’s to hoping the use of the word “exotic” won’t bleed over into the show’s racy advertising.)

We also really hope the show doesn’t goes the way of other recent shows with women leads in action roles, like Dollhouse and Sarah Connor Chronicles. Maybe this one will be an Alias instead of a Bionic Woman

What We’d Love to See: There’s a lot of women in the lead cast, including the very talented Melinda Clarke, so it would be great to see the show regularly pass the Bechedel test! (Bechedel test: Two women in a scene, having a conversation, talking about something other than a man.)

Aside from Maggie Q., the supporting cast is a bit monochrome, but we hope the show will feature the secret Division of the CIA as a globe-spanning organization with a diverse set of operatives. Given that 60% or so of the world population is Asian, an Asian spy-assassin can probably go places and blend in where Sydney Bristow from Alias could not!

NBC (Wed. 10/9c)

“In the criminal justice system the people are represented by two separate legally important groups…This is Los Angeles. These are it’s stories. Welcome to the Wild West.”

By setting Law & Order in one of the most diverse cities in the world, the producers of the show have a great opportunity to showcase several actors and communities of color. Los Angeles has a population that is 48% Latino, 28% White, 14% Asian American/Pacific Islander, 9% African American, and 1% Native American.

In the initial casting breakdown, the lead role of Rex Winters was open to Caucasian, African-American, and Hispanic actors (but not Asian, Middle Eastern or Native American actors?) The role has ultimately been cast with Skeet Ulrich, who will headline the show with Corey Stoll (playing his partner, TJ, a role only open to Caucasian males.)

Ulrich and Stoll’s characters will report to Lieutenant Arleen Gonzales, played by actress Wanda De Jesus. We’re thrilled to see that the Commanding Officer of the LAPD Robbery Homocide Division will be a Latina. The workforce of the Los Angeles Police Department is comprised of 42% Latino, 37% white, 12% black and 7% Asian. [source]. The LAPD also hired America’s first female police officer, Alice Stebbins Wells in 1910.

The show’s courtroom scenes will feature African American movie star Terrence Howard as Deputy District Attorney Jonah Dekker. Other courtroom scenes will feature African American actress Regina Hall as Prosecutor Evelyn Price, and veteran British actor Alfred Molina as District Attorney Peter Morales, a Latino character.

What We Don’t Want to See: While it’s true that Los Angeles has a ton of cultural enclaves (Thai Town, Koreatown, the Russian District, barrios, West Hollywood, etc.) we don’t want the presence of actors of color on the show to be limited to stories set in those locales. And please, please don’t do the “Chinatown” episode!

What We’d Love to See: We were disappointed to see that the character of Korean American Captain Park was scrapped, and that no Asian Americans will be in the leading cast, particularly since 13.4% of Angelenos are Asian American, and Asian Americans make up 7% of the real-life LAPD’s workforce. We hope that as the show grows, Asian Americans will feature in the supporting cast–not just as the “techie” or as a mafia bad guy-and join the main cast ASAP. Given Los Angeles also has one of the largest Persian communities in the country, we also hope the show will feature Perisan American characters.





NBC (Mon. 9/8c)

“The Event is an emotional, high-octane conspiracy thriller that follows Sean Walker (Jason Ritter), an everyman who investigates the mysterious disappearance of his would-be fiancée Leila, and unwittingly begins to expose the biggest cover-up in U.S. history.

With a vast ensemble cast and a non-linear plot, The Event generated a lot of buzz at San Diego Comic Con 2010. The early plot line seems to focus around the United States government’s illegal detaining of a mysterious group of people in Alaska.

Major players include an Afro-Cuban American President, Elias Martinez (Blair Underwood), and his wife Christina (played by Latina actress Lisa Vidal), as well as an Asian American CIA agent, Simon Lee (Ian Anthony Dale.) Latino actor Clifton Collins Jr. also stars as “Thomas.”

What We Don’t Want to See: We definitely don’t want to see this show pull a “Heroes” where women and characters of color are treated as stereotyped bit-players who are expendable to the primary plot revolving around white and/or male characters. A lot of shows have a diverse cast while making it obvious who the “essential” and “important” players are; we think The Event can defy this trend.

What We’d Love to See: There isn’t enough smart sci-fi out there! And science fiction has always been an interesting way to approach representation in the media, from Star Trek which showed pre-Civil Rights movement America a diverse cast and TV’s first interracial kiss to LOST, which kicked off a new trend of diverse casting. We hope The Event can leverage it’s diverse cast to create some really interesting storylines, and bring prominence to a new set of actors of color the same way LOST did for Daniel Dae Kim et. al.


Undercovers

NBC (Wed 8/7c)

“Outwardly, Steven Bloom (Boris Kodjoe) and his wife, Samantha (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), are a typical married couple who own and operate a small catering company in Los Angeles. Secretly, the duo were two of the best spies the CIA had ever known, until they fell in love on the job five years ago and retired. When fellow spy and good friend goes missing while on the trail of a Russian arms dealer, the Blooms are reinstated to locate and rescue him…”

This J.J. Abrams spy thriller-meets-romantic comedy is generating a lot of attention for having two African American lead characters. Biracial actors Kodjoe and Mbatha-Raw were discovered in a colorblind casting process. Kodjoe is from Germany and Mbatha-Raw is from the United Kingdom.

At a press conference, Kodjoe said about his role as one of Undercovers‘ two black leads: “I think it’s important to recognize the fact that it’s not the norm, although it should be the norm because that’s the way the world looks like. The world is diverse and we come in all shapes, sizes and shades. Let’s inspire people to regard it as normal so more and more people don’t consider it taking a chance, but just being creative.” [source]

What We Don’t Want to See: As a globe-trotting spy drama, we hope that the supporting cast is also diverse. It will be interesting to see what challenges and advantages an African American spy would have compared to a Caucasian American spy, so while it shouldn’t be a central foci, we hope that their ethnicity isn’t completely glossed over.

What We’d Love to See: This show looks like so much fun! We hope that it’s success will encourage other productions to consider casting actors of color in lead roles…


Outsourced

NBC (Thur. 9:30/8:30c)

“Mid America Novelties sells products like whoopee cushions, foam fingers, and wallets made of bacon. Yes, this is the stuff upon which the American way of life is built, but try explaining that to someone who lives on the other side of the world. Well, that’s exactly what Todd Dempsy must do when he’s sent to run the company’s call center in India. Talk about culture shock, and not just for Todd’s employees. While Todd has to teach them how to make the up-sell to the Deluxe Twin Beer Helmet, he’s going to have to adapt as well…”

What happens when a naive, young, white American man is sent to India to corral a quirky band of call center workers? Outsourced takes the workplace comedy genre and transplants it to a foreign-at-least-to-Americans setting.

For actors of South Asian descent, the setting means jobs and visibility–this ensemble cast has more Indian characters than any other American sitcom. The comedy, based on the movie, is shot in Los Angeles and cast with British, Canadian, and American actors of South Asian descent.

But could a comedy about culture clash and the controversial practice of outsourcing jobs to India end up being culturally insensitive or offensive? To forestall accusations of cultural insensitivity, NBC has screened the show for Asian American organizations and taken feedback.

“It is certainly not coming from a mean spirited place. A third of the writing staff is Indian,” executive producer Ken Kwapis said. “I think there is a way to treat cultural confusion without being offensive.” [source]

What We Don’t Want to See: Hopefully, the show won’t make fun of other cultures or make Americans look like uncultured buffoons or people who go to other countries to learn “deep lessons”… Will the show go “always the bridesmaid, never the bride” where Todd, a white character, is always the center of attention and the characters of color are interchangeable backgrounders? We hope not, and we hope that characters of color will also be depicted as “representative” of Americans abroad, in addition to white characters.

(NBC marketers, which one of you came up with the tagline “Outsourced: where the Midwest meets the exotic East”? Because…yeah. Real smooth, buddy.)

What We’d Love to See: India is a really, really diverse country and we hope the show will be an opportunity to showcase that! Even though Todd will be teaching his employees about America, there is a lot for him (and the audience by proxy) to learn, too.

The trailer seems to set up a romance between Todd and Tonya (Jessica Gower), blonde Australian living in India. But rather than go down that conventional road (“Westerner visits exotic land, find loves with the other Westerner who happens to be around and relates to him”) we would be way more interested in seeing an Indian guy portrayed as a romantic lead. Can you think of any in Western media?

We’d also like to see some characters who are Indian American on the show. It’s not inconceivable, especially in this economy, that an American born-and-raised South Asian American guy (or girl) would end up in India, completely lost…


Outlaw

NBC (Fri. 10/9c)

“Few jobs are guaranteed for a lifetime, and a Supreme Court appointment is one you just don’t quit. Unless you’re Cyrus Garza. A playboy and a gambler, Justice Garza always adhered to a strict interpretation of the law, until he realized the system he always believed in was flawed. Now, he’s quit the bench and returned to being an attorney. Determined to represent “the little guy,” he’s using his inside knowledge of the justice system to take on today’s biggest legal cases…”

Outlaw starts Jimmy Smits as Cyrus Garza, a former Supreme Court Justice who steps down from the bench to change the system as an attorney. Smits played the proto-Obama Presidential candidate Matt Santos on The West Wing; this time he’ll be playing a conservative activist judge. David Ramsey, Ellen Woglom, Carly Pope and Jesse Bradford play supporting roles.

Executive producer David Kissinger said he was inspired by Latina Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor: “People were writing about her life and the dues she had to pay to get to that point, so it struck me that someone who worked that hard and achieved that incredible position, what would it take for that person to give it all up and what would they give it all up for?” [source]

When asked about the dearth of Latino Emmy nominations, Smits recently said: “We have many more Latinos that are in prominent positions on shows all across the dial than ever before. I’m happy that just about on every other show there’s a Latino somewhere present and we’re not all the cooks anymore.” [source]

What We Don’t Want to See: So…the premise of this show seems a little hokey. But it will be interesting to see the premise play out. In the show’s universe, is Garza’s ethnicity as significant as Sotomayor’s?

What We’d Love to See: Edward James Olmos as Cyrus’s liberal dad! And interesting court cases with diverse clientèle!


Detroit 1-8-7

ABC (Tues. 10/9c)

“What does it take to be a detective on America’s streets? Get an in-depth look at some of Detroit’s finest and watch the crisis and revelation, heartbreak and heroism of the cops assigned to an inner city homicide unit.’

ABC’s Detroit 1-8-7 boasts a strikingly diverse cast and will be filmed in Detroit, Michigan, but it’s also trailed by some controversy. At least one Detroit City Councilman has asked the show to change it’s title–1-8-7 is a police radio code for “homicide” in California–given how the title reinforces the negative stereotype of Detroit as “Murder City.” And the show’s “documentary” premise had to be dialed down after a little girl, 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones, was shot in the head after Detroit police threw a grenade into her home–all while cameras were rolling for a reality show. [source]

Unlike many other police shows, Detroit 1-8-7 will actually be filmed in the city it is set in, and Detroit native T.C.Real, a local hip-hop celeb, is rumored to be playing a supporting role. Detroit has an 80% African American population; the cast includes three African American characters, newbie Detective Damon Washington (Jon Michael Hill), veteran cop Sergeant Jesse Longford (James McDaniel),and homocide chief Lieutenant Maureen Mason (Aisha Hinds.)

Rounding out the characters of color, Natalie Martinez plays Detective Ariana Sanchez, a former vice cop, and South Asian Canadian actor Shaun Majumder plays Detective Aman Mahajan, who disappointed his immigrant parents by becoming a cop instead of an engineer.

What We Don’t Want to See: Honestly, we were shocked to see that ABC would make a show set in Detroit–of all places–and still have a white main character. While there are certainly people of color in the ensemble cast, Michael Imperioli has top billing playing Detective Louis Fitch, “the smartest guy in the room.” It’s a little disappointing, since there are already so many procedurals with a white, male actor in top billing, this would have been a great opportunity to have an African American actor headline a police show. Dreading a show that looks like the promo picture, with lots of diverse secondary characters, but focus on the white male lead as the central character.

What We’d Love to See: We hope that all characters on this show get equal amounts character development and that it truly becomes an ensemble show! We hope the show has a diverse writing staff that can handle issues of race, discrimination, and policing in a nuanced and sensitive way. (More than just having Longford say stuff like, “I been here so long, when I started, half the suspects were white.”)

Off The Map

ABC (TBA)

Welcome to “la ciudad de las estrellas” (the city of stars), a tiny town in the South American jungle which has one understaffed, under-stocked medical clinic. In this ensemble drama, five doctors who have lost their way will go to the ends of the earth to try to remember the reasons why they wanted to become doctors in the first place.

This show is produced by Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice), one of only non-white, non-male show runners. It stars Martin Henderson as Dr. Ben Keaton, formerly Chief of Surgery at UCLA, who moved to the South American jungle to found a clinic with Dr. Otis Cole (Jason George). A trio of newbie doctors–Dr. Lily Brenner (Caroline Dhavernas), Mina Minard and Manny Diaz, join them.

26% of doctors in California are Asian or Pacific Islander, yet doctors of Asian descent are rarely depicted with that frequency on American television shows, and when they are featured, they are members of the supporting cast and not the lead. We were disappointed to learn that an opportunity to buck this trend was lost when Meena Mital, the name of a South Asian character in the original script, was changed to Mina Minard and cast with actress Mamie Gummer (Meryl Streep’s daughter). The actor originally cast to play Manny, Enrique Murciano, has also left the show. [source]

The original ensemble of five doctors would have been comprised of two white doctors (Henderson and Dhavernas in the lead roles), an African American doctor, a Latino doctor, and an Indian American doctor. With the Indian American doctor cast and rewritten to be white, and the actor playing the Latino doctor off the show, the ragtag gang of doctors without borders looks a lot less colorful.

What We Don’t Want to See: Benevolent white American doctors hoofing it in the jungle, tending to the ignorant, but noble native savages, while discovering more about themselves in an exotic jungle land at the “ends of the earth…”

What We’d Love to See: More doctors and nurses played by actors of color on the show, and hopefully the re-casting of the Manny Diaz character with another Latino actor to replace Enrique Murciano. It would be important to see the protagonists grapple with the concept of being first-worlders imposing on the native community, and their preconceived notions of international field work. Ideally, the doctors will help empower the community instead of simply treating it.

Hawaii Five-0

CBS (Mon. 10/9)

“Hawaii Five-0 is a contemporary take on the classic series about a new elite federalized task force whose mission is to wipe out the crime that washes up on the Islands’ sun-drenched beaches. Detective Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin), a decorated Naval officer-turned-cop, returns to Oahu to investigate his father’s murder and stays after Hawaii’s Governor persuades him to head up a new team. Joining McGarrett is Detective Danny “Danno” Williams (Scott Caan), a newly relocated ex-New Jersey cop, and Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim), an ex-Honolulu Police Detective. Chin’s cousin, Kono (Grace Park), is a beautiful and fearless native, fresh out of the academy and eager to establish herself among the department’s elite.”

The original series exposed Americans to a dramatized version of life on the 50th state, and was a huge boon to the State’s tourism economy. [source] The series, which ran from1968 to 1980, was very progressive for it’s time in that it employed many actors of color, including Kam Fong as Chinese Hawaiian Detective Chin Ho Kelly, and Zulu, a Native Hawaiin actor, as Kono Kalakaua. Granted, at the time 2 out of 5 people on Hawaii were white; 3 out of 5 were people of color, and the show was heavily focused on it’s main lead, Detective Steve McGarrett (Jack Lord.) A previous attempt to resurrect the show acknowledged the diversity of Hawaii (47.5% Asian Pacific American, compared to a 27.1% white American population) by casting Gary Busey and Russell Wong as a younger Five-O team, but the pilot did not test well and the show was never aired.

With two Asian Americans in the lead cast and guest stars D.L. Hughley and Masi Oka (Heroes) as the city coroner, Hawaii Five-0 might just continue the progressive legacy of its forbearer and provide actors of color with opportunities. And hopefully, these opportunities will also expand to actors of color living on the islands. The Honolulu Advertiser wrote, “There’s already been grumbling about the lack of local faces among the stars of the new “Five-0″ (sorry, Daniel Dae Kim, you don’t count), but we’re not hung up on that. It’s not just about who gets top billing. Producers of the original show tapped a long roster of local performers and regular people, whose talents and authenticity added to the richness of nearly every episode.” TV Guide also noted that while Hawaiians are enthusiastic about the revival, “it has not been lost on them that Kim and Park–both of Korean descent–are playing characters originally portrayed by Hawaiian actors.” According to TV Guide, the producers “insist they are actively looking to populate their on-screen canvas with Hawaiian natives.”

Despite the original show’s progressive racial casting, there was very little gender equality–except for a brief stint in the first season, all of the detectives on the Five-O team were men. The revival has countered that discrepancy by rewriting one of the show’s main leads, Kono Kalakaua to be a woman, Kona Kalakaua (nicknamed “Kono”), played by Grace Park

Park has starred in two revivals of 1970s shows; in both Battlestar Galactica and Hawaii Five-0, she is plays characters originated by male actors of color. “Back in the day, we used to have much more male-centric shows,” she said. “You still have male-heavy shows, but having a woman in there adds a new dimension.” [source]

What We Don’t Want to See: The show goes the same way as the old series, with an unwavering focus on McGarrett.

What We’d Love to See: We’d love to see a large, diverse, and well developed ensemble cast, and lots of featured Hawaiian actors, including in the lead cast.

http://www.racebending.com/v3/general/fall-2010-tv-season-preview/
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From the day that you could put a penny in a machine and turn the wheel to flip pictures Hollywood has been s sebastian of white culture. Guess what that was them market back then here in the US it still the largest market for films as the demographic of population change Hollywood will change or die. It is called, here I go again using bad language CAPITALISM yes that dirty word. were invention and money create new things how evil it is.
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a disturbing racist thread covertly promoting white supremacy

http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-822/do-anime-characters-look-caucasian-to-you?pg=0





Anime Characters are Japanese/East Asians


pictures comparing anime to real people




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKTvFhRbBt8
Youtube video with pictures of anime comparing their facial features to living Japanese/Asians

1. Just because anime characters have big eyes, does not mean they look more Caucasian. There are other people that have large eyes; Australians, blacks, and Mexicans. Also, not all Asians have squinty eyes. Many Caucasian eyes look squintier than others. When Caucasians are represented in animes, they have squintier eyes. Large eyes show facial expressions.
2. Caucasians have a different bone structure than asians. Eyes on a Caucasian are deep set and brow ridges are very prominent. Northeast Asians have round wide heads that taper into a small chin; just like anime characters!
3. Another mishap is that anime characters rarely have black hair. Colored hair is a good representation of youth.
4. There is a stereotype about Asians all being dark skin. Actually, it depends on their location. Closer to the equator such as the Philippines, they have darker skin due to hotter climate. However north such as Japan, Korea, and China, not so much. Japan has a winter season too. Therefore they are lighter skin; hence anime characters are light skinned. Also pale skinned has been favored in japan for hundred of years; that is where we get the geisha. Pale skin!






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To shinto-male there were at least two decades of black comedies that had a great deal of market share with Net works Back then it was 4 further back three of them. Now with all the off shouts maybe hundred. Here's a little secret for you the show whats going to make them Money that means selling commercials. Ratings is the value of a show in a time slot. There were almost two decades were black family comedy ranked as the highest. Right now that not selling to the viewer, basically there burnt out from it. Which happens allot if you think TV executives are worried about color think again. If it not green they will not have a job. Have you noticed there allot of imported ideals coming from Japan Korea the contest games very little money is needed to make this thing and sell advertisements.---------------------------------------------If a Japanese TV net work wants to make a show to sell in Japan You can find some of the best producer director money can buy. Right now the Hispanic market share is growing and you will see more and more Hispanic show. your going to see less shows wit caucasian and black coming down the road. Personnel i do not care about the color as long as the acting good, Morgan Freeman is/was not sure-alive or not one many acting I like he and Clint Eastwood are the best team in my book getting off subject.-----------------------------------Movies make money or they die a fast death same with TV programs. it is all about green. Stoke holder want returns on there money and the pressure to make money is there one big failure and your career is down the toilet. Money Money Money get the piont.
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_-_-Dandelion-_-_ wrote:

Racism is a waste of time. White supremacists want everyone to go back to where they came from, but the fact is, America has become a place in which people of all races reside. And there are theories that state that our only real difference comes in skin color which has to do with how much sun our ancestors got. 0_o

I do believe that Hollywood is in favor of white people. I see more white people, ugly and beautiful, than I do blacks, Asians, Hispanics, etc., etc., etc., and etc -- and when they are on TV, they follow a stereotype (hey, look. There's that word again.) It's like someone of a different race can't be smart, successful and beautiful without their background being called into play.

Although there are other influences, I believe Hollywood is one of our biggest aggravations. The more you shove race into people's faces, the more racial tension you create.



There's no such thing as different races. There is only one race and its kalled : Human.

Skin color from white to black to purple is a result of pigmentation of our skin, which is a result of sun exposure. People in areas with lots of sun exposure like africa are black, people in areas with medium sun exposure are brown and people in areas with low sun exposure are white.

If everyone lived in an area with only low sun exposure eventually everyone would become white. The opposite applies too.

Discrimination is part of our nature tho. Its in our blood. Waste of time it may be but its not going anywhere for as long as human kind exists.
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Since it is relevant to the thread, I present Kane & Lynch the film:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0968747/

Once again, Hollywood is making another film adaption of a video game. This time, its the xbox360 game Kane & Lynch: Dead Men. For those who are not familiar with it, the simple storyline goes like this: two death row inmates (Kane, a former assassin, and Lynch a schizophrenic with hallucinations) are freed only to be forced to due jobs for a group of criminals known as The 7. After doing a few jobs, they are betrayed and the game quickly becomes a revenge storyline.



^Lynch being the man on the right with the long hair.



Yup thats right. They are casting Jamie Fox as Lynch. Such a beautifully perfect actor eh? No worries though, its only based on the game, details don't need to be perfect or even remotely correct, right?
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so the hypocrite hypocrite kavyan is back

he supports yellowfacing and whitewashing of films and other minstrelsy shows which is using white actors instead of non-whites sending a message saying non-whites aren't good enough portray themselves and thier people. he constantly calling this a business decision and supports the racist claim that white audiences cannot handle non-whites as protagonists and calling this a good business decision. kavyan and others like him does not give a shit as long as NO whites are treated in this manner



some of his quotes here in this thread


"The way I see it, most people look at this wrong. Asian films are marketed at who? Asians. Therefore whites or blacks are seldom used as they are not the target consumer. Same thing goes for "white" Hollywood. Except the consumer this time is 80% white. Logically, they are going to aim their market at the "white" people. It's not about racism or racist choice of roles such as excluding or stereotyping cultures and people. It's about money and pleasing the statistical majority."

http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-629967/racism-white-supremacy-stereotypes-hollywood?pg=3#32508935

and after i told him that asian movies/cinemas do not engage in racebending minstrelsy he continues to rant saying i have no right to speak out and complain against hollywood racistbendings and minstrelsy

"You really have no idea about what you are talking and/or you did not take the time to read my post. If you didn't pay any attention I stated that the prime influence in actor choice in "White" Hollywood, was based statistically on making money. I never once said that there is NO RACISM IN CINEMA OMG. I simply stated that the PRIME MOTIVE for actor choice is based on who you are marketing to. Which by all logic IS TRUE. "

"Like I said dozens of times, I am NOT defending racism. And I am not enjoying it. What I am saying is that money is more of a motivator then racism in most cases. And that should be paid attention to rather then haphazardly slinging racism accusations around."





http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-629967/racism-white-supremacy-stereotypes-hollywood?fpid=32523371




and in a typical racist manner kavyan calls whites who speak out against racism against minorities as suffering from white guilt an example from september 2009 is Lou dobbs and Rush Limbaugh(both racists calling themselves conservatives) attack Tim wise an anti-racist activist in this same manner calling tim a self loathing creep which is the same thing as calling him suffering from white guilt

from Tim wise facebook page

"Hey everyone--I got attacked by Lou Dobbs today! He called me a "self-loathing creep." Awesome. Once again, to say that a white person condemning white racism is "self-loathing," is like saying the very essence of being white is to BE a racist: that loving oneself as a white person requires endorsing white racism. Wow,..."


http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/200909140035


"There is also something called White Guilt where whites feel a collective guilt for things that have happened to minorities in the past even though they may not have been remotely involved.

White Denial is just a racist concept made up by those who hate white people. Do you hate white people? It that what this is really about?

http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-629967/racism-white-supremacy-stereotypes-hollywood?fpid=32525685




and he have the audacity to call me racist AFTER he made a racist claim about white guilt and attack white anti-racist activists


"You sound like your racism is showing as you are clearly uncomfortable that someone dares to argue differently then your own personal beliefs. "

http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-629967/racism-white-supremacy-stereotypes-hollywood?fpid=32526593


and if one read his posts you noticed how he complains about anti-white racism he wants me to stop complaining about racism in hollywood saying i have no right to complain just sit down and shut up but this hypocrite thinks have the right to complain about anti-white racism? this tactic is used many times by white supremacists and other whites like kavyan with a privileged mentality they don't give a shit when minorities are targeted but love to whine and cry about anti-white racism and in the right wing media like fox try to spread fear of an anti-white conspiracy a blog explains this mentality



http://stuffwhitepeopledo.blogspot.com/2009/09/complain-about-racism-against-white.html



A human rights group in Japan named FRANCA (Foreign Residents and Naturalized Citizens Association) has angrily written to McDonald's,

We wish to bring to your attention a sales campaign launched this month by McDonald’s Japan that we find extremely problematic.

The “Mr. James” character, representing the “Nippon All Stars” hamburger campaign, features a spectacled Caucasian narrating his love for Japan and Japan’s version of McDonald’s’ hamburgers. Our association finds the following things problematic:



Likewise, we do not think these attitudes perpetuating stereotypes of ethnic minorities within their respective societies should be promoted anywhere by a multinational corporation with the influence of McDonald’s. We ask that McDonald’s Headquarters review McDonald’s Japan’s “Mr James” Campaign and have it discontinued immediately.


My response, especially to the last point is: "Really?"

I often see ads like that airing in Australia without significant or even noticeable protest. The primary difference is that the stereotypes are about non-whites. And really, since when did Caucasians corner the market on the nerd stereotype? A lot of nerds are also portrayed as Asian Americans, and African Americans. Urkel, anyone? William Hung? Stevie, from Malcolm in the Middle?

I also find the outrage over the McDonald's 'Mr. James' caricature misplaced not only because the rest of us have had to put up with media-generated stereotyping for years and years, but also because most ads in Japan that feature Caucasians usually depict them in a highly positive light, as the central god or goddess-like icon of the commercial. Japanese companies routinely pay large amounts of money to top Hollywood stars for commercial appearances that portray them in very flattering ways. This fact makes the complaints about one such stereotyping a bit...well, petty.

How often do people who look Japanese get depicted in a positive light in U.S. ads? And did any of the foreign-born in Japan protest when a Japanese English school perpetuated the stereotype of native speakers of English as blue-eyed blonds like Cameron Diaz?

What’s that? This is harmless, you say? Tell that to the Asian Americans who speak nothing but English and still get passed over for an English teaching job in Japan because the school preferred, say, a blond German who speaks English as a second or third language.

The problem, you see, is not so much that one negative caricature harms the image in Japan of white people. The real problem is that the media-generated image of white people there, as in most of Asia, is already a stereotype -- an enormously positive one. It's an image of adored perfection, created by a barrage of thousands of ads like this caressing portrayal of Cameron Diaz (who, despite her last name, undoubtedly comes across in Japan as another white goddess).

One portrayal of a geeky white guy named Mr. James is not going to put a dent in the generally positive image of white people created by Japanese media. In fact, I wonder why FRANCA and other white residents of Japan don't complain about the other, seemingly positive images of themselves. Don't those images end up creating an even more unrealistic image of white people, one that is very difficult for most white people to live up to?

These complaints about Mr. James also sound hypocritical when the West is made out to be doing a much better job of not presenting stereotyped images of their migrant population. Whatever. You just don’t notice it when it’s being done to someone else. When Westerners go to Asia and complain about ‘racism’, the implied argument is that the West is more enlightened, civilized, and advanced because ‘it just wouldn’t happen back home’. And Asia is backwards, so we need to ‘educate’ them.








so now hypocritical kavyan now complaining about a black actor playing a white man's role in movie based on a game with a white character? after he told me a couple of weeks ago to stop complaining about similar racist bending which hollywood loves to do but have no problem complaining about anti-white racism?



Posted 9/15/10

Allhailodin wrote:


_-_-Dandelion-_-_ wrote:

Racism is a waste of time. White supremacists want everyone to go back to where they came from, but the fact is, America has become a place in which people of all races reside. And there are theories that state that our only real difference comes in skin color which has to do with how much sun our ancestors got. 0_o

I do believe that Hollywood is in favor of white people. I see more white people, ugly and beautiful, than I do blacks, Asians, Hispanics, etc., etc., etc., and etc -- and when they are on TV, they follow a stereotype (hey, look. There's that word again.) It's like someone of a different race can't be smart, successful and beautiful without their background being called into play.

Although there are other influences, I believe Hollywood is one of our biggest aggravations. The more you shove race into people's faces, the more racial tension you create.



There's no such thing as different races. There is only one race and its kalled : Human.

Skin color from white to black to purple is a result of pigmentation of our skin, which is a result of sun exposure. People in areas with lots of sun exposure like africa are black, people in areas with medium sun exposure are brown and people in areas with low sun exposure are white.

If everyone lived in an area with only low sun exposure eventually everyone would become white. The opposite applies too.

Discrimination is part of our nature tho. Its in our blood. Waste of time it may be but its not going anywhere for as long as human kind exists.


It's funny because I remembered this shortly after I wrote it and never went back to delete it. Thanks. Now other people just have to be convinced of that.
Posted 9/15/10

_-_-Dandelion-_-_ wrote:


Allhailodin wrote:



There's no such thing as different races. There is only one race and its kalled : Human.

Skin color from white to black to purple is a result of pigmentation of our skin, which is a result of sun exposure. People in areas with lots of sun exposure like africa are black, people in areas with medium sun exposure are brown and people in areas with low sun exposure are white.

If everyone lived in an area with only low sun exposure eventually everyone would become white. The opposite applies too.

Discrimination is part of our nature tho. Its in our blood. Waste of time it may be but its not going anywhere for as long as human kind exists.


It's funny because I remembered this shortly after I wrote it and never went back to delete it. Thanks. Now other people just have to be convinced of that.
Be careful who are you agreeing with, when he himself still holds onto the cause of racism, by him claiming it as human nature; unjustified discrimination.
Posted 9/15/10 , edited 9/15/10

DomFortress wrote:


_-_-Dandelion-_-_ wrote:


Allhailodin wrote:



There's no such thing as different races. There is only one race and its kalled : Human.

Skin color from white to black to purple is a result of pigmentation of our skin, which is a result of sun exposure. People in areas with lots of sun exposure like africa are black, people in areas with medium sun exposure are brown and people in areas with low sun exposure are white.

If everyone lived in an area with only low sun exposure eventually everyone would become white. The opposite applies too.

Discrimination is part of our nature tho. Its in our blood. Waste of time it may be but its not going anywhere for as long as human kind exists.


It's funny because I remembered this shortly after I wrote it and never went back to delete it. Thanks. Now other people just have to be convinced of that.
Be careful who are you agreeing with, when he himself still holds onto the cause of racism, by him claiming it as human nature; unjustified discrimination.


But I still agree with him. Maybe discrimination isn't what we're holding on to in general, but as humans, we typically do fear what we don't understand ( Idk if that makes any sense the way I phrased it. But you'll know. You seem really smart.) I believe that's all discrimination is -- or at least that's how it's started. Now we pass it down to others.

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What can I say, you've become good for a laugh. You completely misinterpret my intentions, and purposely follow your ideals on them like a zealot. No explanation is good enough for you to even consider or agree on parts of so you label me a racist rather then try to understand what my point of view is. That and whenever my flow of argument resembles yours, I am apparently a racist, whilst you get away with it.

>mfw I apparently support yellowfacing/whitewashing according to you.
>mfw when you think I support Lou Dobbs/Rush Limbaugh.
>mfw when you cut and paste things I say to demonize me.

White Guilt/White Denial are all concepts involved in this area, introducing one while denying the others is unfair. You bring one up, and by nature as devil's advocate, I have to use the opposite otherwise issues are not fairly represented.

Also, for the note, the white audience CAN handle non-white leads. Anyone who thinks they can't is an idiot. Any white person who can't obviously isn't really in touch with the world. At no point did I support this idea that we can't handle non-whites in the lead. You still read me wrong it seems.

Also, you surprised me, congratulations. I half expected you to say it was okay for Jamie Foxx to play Lynch. You dodged the bullet. Unfortunately, you went back to your baseless argument of me as a conservative white racist who flounders in privilege.
Posted 9/15/10

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But I still agree with him. Maybe discrimination isn't what we're holding on to in general, but as humans, we typically do fear what we don't understand ( Idk if that makes any sense the way I phrased it. But you'll know. You seem really smart.) I believe that's all discrimination is -- or at least that's how it's started. Now we pass it down to others.
If it has a start, then there's a cause somewhere. And I'm willing to think that our fear of the unknown is the start of our discrimination towards each others, thereby discrimination itself as a result of our fear isn't our human nature. But rather it's the unknown nature of reality itself; us.
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