Why are you racist when you say that Fassbender playing a Spanish is whitewashing:
all I want to say sorry if I make some grammar or spelling mistake. English isn’t
my first language because I’m Spanish
from Spain. Also, since this morning, I’m very angry with this whole topic.
I don’t use to write statements like this but I’m very tired of seeing how
ignorant people can be.
morning I saw a tweet of Max Landis (@Uptomyknees) in which he said Fassbender
couldn’t play a Spaniard because he’s white. He erased the tweet but I’m sure
you’ll find a screencapture of it on Internet. I quoted him a few times and I
wrote this things:
discovered that here in Spain WE’RE NOT WHITE. OMG I’VE BEEN LIVING A LIE. (I
was just being sarcastic).
Spain is in Europe. In Europe we don’t give a fuck about races because we’re
all fucking mixed. (I didn’t want to generalize this much but I was angry)
-I can see
why Donald Trump is being voted there. Open a book and learn about how
culturally rich people we’re. (Sorry if I offend someone, again, I was angry).
okay for an Aussie to play a Spaniard in the old Hispania but not for a
British-German to play a Spaniard after the Visigoths. OK”.
As you can
see I was very angry and disappointed. I couldn’t really understand how people
who thought they weren’t being racist, they were. If you say Fassbender can’t
play a Spaniard is because you think here we’re all latinos. And that is the
first mistake that Americans always make.
I need you
to understand two things:
here in Europe we don’t say we’re white or we’re 20% or 50% latino, African,
etc… When you Americans do that it’s really weird to us. Because we’re all
mixed, we’re not sure from where or who we came from. My ancestors could be
German because of the Visigoths or Charles V Empire, maybe French from the
Napoleonic Empire, or African from the Islamic Empire. Can you see my point? We’re
white or black, we’re Christians or Muslims or Jews, we can be from the East or
the West, from the North or the South, but at the end it doesn’t matter, we’re
all the same. Maybe I share blood with a German or an Egyptian, I don’t know
and it’s okay.
If you ask
me what I am, I’ll say I’m Spanish. And maybe you’ll ask again, “yeah, but,
what are you?” and I’ll answer the same. If you ask a German, British, French,
Italian or Polish…, they’re going to answer with the same simple answer. We’re
Europeans and being European means that our history is all connected and our
Spanish are not the same. Latino is from South America. And not all the South
Americans look or are the same, be careful with that. Spanish are from Spain,
Europe. We’re all Hispanic, because we all speak Spanish.
America people are generally darker than in Spain because of their geographic
situation, of course.
there are people very different, but we’re mostly white. Maybe you find the
olive skinned of some people from the south (mostly from the south but not
everybody who is olive skinned is from the south) as dark as the dark people in
South America, but you’re wrong, sorry. That’s because the olive skinned people
from Spain have that skin because of the Sun (so they’re just tanned, guys) or
because the Al-Andalus times. While the people from South America are darker
because of the sun, our colonization and the people who lived there before us.
say people from Spain are POC you’re saying that because you think we’re the
same as our friends and brother from South America. And I think that’s racist.
Because I’m sure you wouldn’t say that an Italian is POC and they’re our
historically, geographically and culturally buddies.But you think Spanish means South American and you think South Americans are all dark.
to the main point: Fassbender can play a Spanish perfectly. In the XV century
when the story takes place, the Visigoths and the Celtics had been in Spain. Visigoth
were from Germany (mostly) and Celtics came to Spain from the UK. Fassbender is
British and German so he’s perfect for the role.