can we please talk about the shitty fact that the promise, a movie about the armenian genocide, cast only ONE armenian actress as a side character and has only one armenian person working on the movie, and for the most part, cast all white actors (w the exception of some latinxs and iranians, which still doesn't mean it's not erasure)? i fucking hate this. it's so disrespectful. i hate hollywood
Literally how the FUCK are you going to make a movie about the Armenian genocide and white wash Armenians…….. like…………….. ?????? You’re white washing victims of an entire genocide in a movie ABOUT their genocide????????? So disrespectful on top of racist
Thoughts on Cross-ethnic Casting and “The Promise”
I’m going to frame this by saying I don’t have a problem with cross-ethnic casting in and off itself. In the past I’ve been very loud about how demanding ethnic purity in PoC roles, but not for white roles, only hurts PoC actors by further limiting the pool of roles available to them.
For example, as a Japanese-American, I don’t care that John Cho plays Sulu on Star Trek. I’m perfectly happy with him in that role. In fact, if the reboot people had gone to Japan to get a 100% Japanese actor who’d already gotten famous in Japanese media and imported this hypothetical actor just to play Sulu, I would have been angry, because these kinds of actors are not comparable to Asian-Americans (Japanese-American, Korean-American, or otherwise). If they’d gotten a white actor I’d have ten times as angry, Ghost in the Shell level angry, but that’s another topic.
As long as the people whose stories are being told don’t mind it, I don’t mind it. And I knew in advance that since The Promise was produced and promoted by Armenians, I went in with a totally open mind about the cross-ethnic casting.
Having just seen it, I can recommend the movie as an excellent edutainment kind of movie. Many parts were really moving. As an outsider, it taught me specifics of the history while also relating to general themes of genocide, denialism, the survival of the human spirit. It was designed to be a professional, very mass market appeal movie that teaches an English-speaking Western audience about the Armenian genocide, and it 100% succeeds at that goal.
However, I do think there was one mistake with the casting. Not Oscar Isaac, who was incredible, or Shohreh Aghdashloo, another actor I love to death. Charlotte Le Bon as the main female lead was my problem. She’s also a good actress, but she’s about the least Armenian-looking woman they could have possibly gotten for the role. And there’s zero explanation for why. Maybe if her mother had been French or something? But nope.
Whereas Angela Sarafyan, an Armenian-American actress, gets a rather thankless role with maybe three lines of dialogue as Oscar Isaac’s obviously doomed wife.
Once I realized this dynamic, I also realized that while a lot of Armenian men were obviously involved with The Promise behind the scenes, well… a lot of Armenian women probably weren’t.
It’s an issue that cuts across a lot of groups. And it’s sad because actresses like Angela Sarafyan don’t get offered a lot of good roles. She played an Egyptian vampire next to Rami Malek in a Twilight movie and I heard she’s also in Westworld. But except for genre movies and shows, she’s probably only going to be allowed to play “exotic” or MENA roles. The lead female role in The Promise could have been a great chance to let her shine. I hope she does get a chance to shine one day! She’s absolutely gorgeous.
(I wasn’t even going to touch on whether Armenians are white or not, because in the context of the Armenian genocide, it’s a totally irrelevant and insulting question. However, in the context of 2017 Hollywood, it does happen to be a relevant question, just not a question I have any interest in answering. Whiteness is clear in the center, fuzzy around the edges, and a lot of groups fall under those fuzzy edges, that’s all.)
“The Promise has only, like, one Armenian actress”
Bitch, shut up, this is literally the first movie made in the US about the Armenian genocide that hasn’t been blocked by the Turks. Do not bring your sjw-ness into this, especially if you’re not Armenian yourself.
I’m fucking Armenian. And I want you to see the movie. I want you tell your friends to see the movie. I want your friends to tell their friends to see the movie.
Armenian group formed to represent Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015. With the song “
Face The Shadow”. All six members are already successful as solo artists or as part of other groups. Five of the members come from different continents, the sixth member Inga Arshakyan is from Armenia . What unites the group is their shared common Armenian descent whose families once spread all over the world after the Armenian Genocide 1915.
Five of the members each represent a continent each, In the following order of
announcement the members of the group are Essaï Altounian, a very famous French-Armenian Francophone singer, songwriter, producer and actor. He represents Europe. The second member Tamar Kaprelian is a internationally known Armenian-American singer and songwriter signed by Interscope Records, she represents the Americas.Third member was Vahe Tilbian, an Armenian-Ethiopian singer among many other things, He is famous mostly in Ethiopia but also some other parts of Africa. He represents Africa. Stephanie Topalian is a Japanese-Armenian singer, songwriter and actress of mixed Japanese and Armenian descent. Stephanie is signed with SME Records Japan, part of Sony Music. She represents Asia. Fifth member is Mary-Jean O'Doherty Basmadjian, an Australian opera singer of Armenian and Greek descent.
She was the first prize winner in the 2013 Paris Opera Awards
Her. She represents Australia. The last member of the band is Inga Arshakyan, a very talented singer that forms a duet with her sister Anoush Arshakyan. Very famous in Armenia and the Armenian diaspora and needs no introduction in the Eurovision World as the sisters represented Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009.
The song the Group will perform was called “Don’t Deny” but because of complaint from certain other contesting countries the name was ordered to be changed by the Eurovision organizers,
Representatives of Azerbaijan, which, alongside Turkey, denies the genocide. Criticized the song for its alleged political themes, and stated that they would “act adequately” to prevent the contest from being “sacrificed to the political ambitions of a country. The song name was forcibly changed to “Face the Shadow” Those who complained ment that the song name was politicized because it was reffering to the Armenian Genocide. And as usual Europe, more correctly the Eurovision committee would rather discriminate the entire Armenian people and all other christians who perished during the Armenian Genocide, forget about freedom of speech and freedom of expression so it won’t hurt the feelings of the fascist and dictator governments of Azerbaijan & Turkey.
Like all the rest of Eurovision entries from Armenia, the song is composed, written and produced by Armenians in Armenia. Unlike other Eurovision contesting countries that simply buy songs. The song is composed by Armen Martirosyan and the lyrics are by Inna Mkrtchyan. The music video for the song was directed by Aren Bayadyan.