here’s the thing: I liked la la land. It was a cute movie. the dancing was fun. cinematography wise? breathtaking
but you know what really, really bothered me while I was watching it?
all of the diversity in the background
they’re in LA. there’s men and women of every color dancing and singing in the opening number. it really reflects how diverse and wonderful LA really is!
and then the story begins and we zoom in on… two white people falling in love
one of whom is obsessed with preserving Jazz as a musical genre
look me in the eyes and TELL ME WHY a white actor had to play that role
Jazz has DISTINCTLY black roots
we could have had an interracial couple
HELL, we could have had a struggling black musician and a struggling black actress trying to get her big break
and it sucks because while I DO love Gosling and Stone and they did a great job
all I can do is look at the movie and feel the POTENTIAL that it had, had they casted their leads differently
so yeah it bothers me when they act like la la land was “such a feat” and they were “worried it wouldn’t have an audience” when like… come on. two well known white leads falling in love. gimme a break.