August 05, 2014

*Yawn* She's "tired of seeing white people" in movies

Olivia Cole, a "poet, author, and activist (of course)," is miffed -- MIFFED, I tell you! -- about the high quantity of those damn Caucasians on the silver screen. And she's GONNA TELL YOU ABOUT IT!!

First, let me note that I am white. I am a white woman who goes to the theater to see probably a dozen films (if not more) in a given year, a white woman who readily consumes TV shows and series and often blogs/tweets about them. I love film. I love what Hollywood could be, but I must say that I don't love what it is, and that is a machine generating story after story in which the audience is asked to root for a white (usually male) hero over and over and over (and over) again. I'm tired. I'm tired of directors pretending that white actors are the default and that people of color are a distraction when it comes to filmmaking. I'm tired of black women in Hollywood being relegated to roles of slaves and "the help" over and over again. I'm tired of films convincing themselves that they are taking on something fresh and new, the likes of which the world has never seen, but in actuality adhering to tired tropes and stereotypes.

"First, let me note that I am white" ... Gee, I couldn't have figured that out by the photo at the beginning of your piece. I bet you have plenty of black friends, too, right?

*Sigh* This is just yet another in a loooooong line of never-satisfied cultural "progressives" who lack the enjoyment gene. How sad it must be to go through life always on the lookout for something to bitch about.

(h/t to Carl.)

Posted by Hube at August 5, 2014 11:47 AM | TrackBack

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I'm tired of a car pulling alongside of me, vulgar or at the very best primitive "hip hop" trash being loudly played.....and seeing a white person, whose dad might have enjoyed Merle Haggard inside enjoying the trash.

Posted by: truthwillout at August 5, 2014 03:47 PM

LOL. I agree, Truth. I hate hip-hop as well. Always have. That, and techno music and emo music as well.

Yeah, people like Cole need to get a life and get some serious help. They're so obsessed with progressive dogma that it prevents them from enjoying something.

Posted by: Carl at August 5, 2014 10:11 PM

lucy could be interpreted as cultural interpretation... apparently the plot was ripped off from an anime

Posted by: Starfire at August 6, 2014 02:07 AM

*appropriation

Posted by: Starfire at August 6, 2014 02:07 AM

I am for the right person for the job, the color does not matter. With that said if the character has been a white male, black male, Female, or whatever I want them to be the right person to fit the character which means the color should probably be the same. For example I do not want Luke Cage or the Falcon to be played by a white guy. I want the person that fits the character the best.

Posted by: truthwillwin1 at August 6, 2014 09:51 AM

"I am for the right person for the job, the color does not matter."

Ah oh, truth -- you're exposing your 'white privilege!'

Posted by: Hube at August 6, 2014 03:25 PM

"you're exposing your 'white privilege!'"

Yes the privilege of growing up poor and working hard:)

I had the privilege of life lessons.

Posted by: truthwillwin1 at August 11, 2014 09:00 PM