Mia’s roles all have similarities that have begun to make me think she’s being typecasted. 

-Mostly the ‘tall handsome/mysterious man is totally into you’ trope 

-fathers dying / dead 

-discovering secrets via letters 

-and in Stoker her uncle is a murderer who is infatuated with her when he never even met her in her entire life until she was 18…. 

I hope she isn’t feeling typecasted, because she has great potential as an actress and I want to see her in more fun roles like Ava in Only Lovers Left Alive.

anonymous asked:

I'm Asian so I've been watching this Doc Strange horseshit up close, & to add on to your answer to that anon: it's not JUST the whitewashing – it's this fake concern from the director that they "didn't want to typecast" Asian people as all magical/mystical, so they cast a white woman. Instead of addressing the typecast issue & working to resolve it, they ignored it completely. It's like your mom telling you to clean your room so you shove shit under your bed instead of actually (1/2)

(2/2, continued) cleaning your damn room. The director (Scott Derrickson) keeps trying to feed the Asian community with this faux-concern bullshit over “not stereotyping us”, and instead he erases us completely and calls it “representation” and pats himself on the back for it. This movie can eat shit.

exactly!! “representation” my ass. this is just another prime example of pocs being thrown under the rug.

Sense 8 and racial stereotyping

Sense8 promises us a world were we could experience the lives of others across the world across language and cultural borders. Great. It promises racial diversity and cultural diversity. Great. 

And then what it presents is a huuuuuuge amount of racial stereotyping. 

First, there’s an Indian female character. She could have any possible storyline. Is she the awesome hacker character? The criminal mastermind? The talented DJ? Nope, she’s the character stuck in an arranged marriage she does not want to be in. She’s also a scientist but we rarely see any of that, instead her plotlike revolves around her marriage. 

(Dear white writers: can we have one Indian character in an series or movie who goes through her entire storyline without a ‘oh no, I don’t want an arranged marriage!’ storyline? Just once?)

Then, we get an asian woman living in Korea. She too could have any storyline. Turns out she’s passive and submissive under a terrible patriarchy (because non-wester country = automatic terrible patriarchy) but who is also secretly a martial arts genius! Well, that’s quite an old mixture of fetish tropes about asians.

And then there’s the black man, who happens to a poor man in Nairobi whose mother has AIDS and whose life is ruled by gangs. Which ticks every box on our ‘stereotypes of Africa’ list.

And then we have a Mexican man who happens to be a stereotypically macho actor, living a double life.  

If one of these characters existed and we also had a succesful DJ living in a modern African city, I would not complain. We don’t have to pretend that people whose lives overlap with stereotypes don’t exist. But all the nonwestern characters are walking stereotypes, every single one. You had the possibility of imagining diversity and you came up with this? 

And on a side note, we’re supposed to believe that a white cop would save a black child while all black and latino characters on screen keep telling him to let the kid die because ‘he might shoot someone when he grows up’. Like, what? 

And then, just to top it all off, there is a scene with an absolute stereotype of a Jewish man, who is dealing diamonds inside the Holocaust monument. That’s like next level antisemitism.

Sense8 has some compelling storylines and queer characters, and I quite enjoyed that. Nomi (the trans woman) is a character that feels real, has a fleshed out background and provides some great representation. The non-white characters? Not so much. The show is being directed by one white trans woman and a bunch of white men, and it shows.  This article (which has one transphobic remark that I absolutely do not support) further analyzes how empty sense8′s non-white world building is: In San Fransisco and Berlin, coffeeshops and streets have names and fit the kind of story taking place there, in Nairobi or Mumbai we never hear the name of a location and we see just the kind of stereotypes we’ve seen a hundred times before.

Sense8′s effort at cultural and racial diversity is a bunch of postcard stereotypes, fetishes and harmful tropes.

I got this script…that said, “In anticipation of our conversation, please find the script…written by ‘blah blah’ and starring ‘blah blah’.”

I shit you not, it said, “Please take a look at the role of ‘The Chink’.” You can’t make it up. That’s the name of the character. It’s framed in my office, because I want to always be reminded of what’s out there.

—  Maggie Q, actress, in response to a question about encountering racial typecasting.

I love this so much

Stage one is…the minicab driver/terrorist/cornershop owner…Stage two is the subversive portrayal, taking place on “ethnic” terrain but aiming to challenge existing stereotypes…And stage three is the Promised Land, where you play a character whose story is not intrinsically linked to his race.
  • Maggie Q:We know what it’s like. We know how that box exists. It’s very real. (Turns to Mekhi) I’m sure you were offered every drug dealer and every pimp role.
  • Mehki Phifer:Oh yeah, of course. You’ve got to say no. You’ve got to turn it down!
  • MQ:The only power you have is to walk away. You can sit around all day long and whine about what you’re not getting, but it’s not about what you’re not getting; it’s about what you’re not taking. For me, as an Asian American, I’m looking for roles that are non ethnic-specific. If you come to me and you’re like, “Can you play this flower girl on this boat?,” the finger goes up really fast. The blood boils really quickly. Sure, I or any Asian girl could play that role. If you’re doing a story on history or whatever, that’s totally valid. When you get roles that are stereotypical and do not push our cause or further our image in media and in entertainment, it’s your responsibility to turn those things down. I’m not saying that from the position of, “I’ve earned enough so that I can say no.” I’ve said no to things when I had no money.
  • MP:Absolutely.
  • MQ:It wasn’t about that. It was about the big picture. Where do I want to go with this? Do I want to make that amount of money for the next six months, and then what? It goes away, and I’d have no further career beyond that. Or, do I want to make smart decisions that are going to change the face of my community?
  • Read the full interview at the source linked above!

I saw this picture and realized that in spite of the fact that I’m pretty sure both of these people have had successful acting careers outside of these movies, I have no idea who else they’ve been besides Katniss Everdeen and Hermione Granger. So screw it; here’s a picture of Hermione and Katniss hanging out.