Marvel: we can’t make one of our film or show leads Asian. That would be…. against the original source material. That’s also why we can’t make them LGBTQ+.
Power Rangers (2017): hey what’s up. 4/5 of our leads are POC. One is autistic and one is confirmed LGBTQ+. We have the first Asian superhero in a big-budget film, the first autistic superhero in a big/budget film, and the first LGBTQ+ superhero in a big-budget film. None of this was really in the original source material, but representation matters and we specifically casted them with the intention of making a diverse film.
Lionsgate and Saban went out and found five unknown actors with either little or no acting experience (in movies) because a) they want to start a franchise with them and more importantly b) because they wanted their movie to be diverse. And the actors were all amazing. So people can no longer use the excuse of Hollywood only casting white actors because they’re well-known and good actors or because it’s hard to find good non-white actors. It isn’t that hard and Power Rangers showed us that. Hollywood just prefers casting white people in main roles and in non-white roles.
power rangers might not be getting a sequel and it’s proof y'all only like diversity as a concept. it has everything we’ve been asking for : 4/5 of the leads are poc, one of them is gay and another one is on the spectrum. the cast are absolute sweethearts, they’ve worked so hard for this and they’re aware of how important diverse movies are. so instead of complaining about movies/shows not being diverse enough, watch power rangers in theaters, support the movie on social medias and buy the dvd when it comes out.
friendly reminder than in two months the same Nerd Boys crying over a female doctor will be sobbing when a gay writer exacts his gay revenge in the new star trek series starring mutliple poc (with the lead being the beautiful sonequa martin-green) and at least one openly gay character. please support star trek discovery when it comes out, not for the tears of the male ego (although tbh that will also be amazing) but for the generations of kids that will finally see themselves living their lives and falling in love and leading badass adventures on screen. thank for my ted, goodbye
Shadowhunters is the most underestimated show ever, not becausethe storyline or something but because of how representative itis.
I mean can you tell me one other show where there are multiple poc in leading roles? where there is a healty lgbtq+ and interracial relationship? where there is an asexual vampire? where there is a protagonist a recovering drug addict?
“Representation is important, but proper representation is even more important” -Harry Shum Jr
someone: wait… so your tv show has multiple POC leads, a jewish lead that’s also canonically mentally ill, as well as a bisexual lead that actually uses the word bisexual, and none of these characters are offensive one-dimensional stereotypes???? and your show is still popular and well-written and funny???
It’s not mainstream. It’s not cookie cutter. Strong female leads. Compassionate male leads. Heroic poc leads. Multiple healthy lgbt relationships. Cultures around the world being respected and celebrated. Without a doubt, we should see these things regularly in media, but we don’t. And that’s why Sense8 was set up to fail.
It was exploring stories most shows wouldn’t dare touch. Those of us here on tumblr see the need for that. We crave that. But Amy from down the street doesn’t like change. Greg from work likes detective shows. Diane from church is telling everyone to boycott that show because it’s from the devil. And those are just the people who heard of the show… It doesn’t get promotion ads during The Walking Dead. It doesn’t come on directly after Grey’s Anatomy. It doesn’t even come on a channel so that people might accidentally switch over and be captivated by its beauty.
The burden of promotion fell on Netflix. They want to claim it was too expensive. That there weren’t enough viewers to offset the cost of production. And I’m sure that’s true, but whose fault was that?
I learned about Sense8 through friends from here, where a show like Sense8 is accepted and even celebrated. Unless I actively sought out information about the show, I didn’t see anything about it on any other social media sites. I’ve seen people talk about Stranger Things, OitNB, Making a Murder, etc. all over the place, but silence when it came to Sense8.
When I think about why, the answer is pretty clear: Netflix didn’t bother to promote their own show. I don’t have cable, which means I spend a decent amount of time on Netflix, but I never saw Sense8 on the main screen. It wasn’t in my suggestions even though it is very much in line with my “type” of show. It didn’t pop up in the new arrivals sections. Hell, after I started watching it, I would often have to dig for it in my recently watched section. Even when it was the last show I watched, it would get booted to the end of the line.
Netflix took a show with the odds stacked against it from the get go and did absolutely nothing to promote it. With this type of show, word of mouth is key. It has to be promoted enough not just to pique interest but to demand viewership. They needed to shove that show down everyone’s throats the way they do with OitNB or Stranger Things or even shows that aren’t even their own like Riverdale. But they didn’t.
This is on Netflix. They failed to help a beautiful and captivating and thought-provoking show thrive. They gave up on it when it deserved so much more. And I will be bitter about it for the rest of my life.
Suicide Squad was awesome I can't wait for Wonder Woman next year
hey we're already giving you a movie about the most iconic female superhero of all time, but since you liked the Squad so much how about we start planning a couple solo movies about the female lead and the POC lead even though it's only been a few months?
it's been nearly a decade since Natasha Romanoff first arrived in the MCU and we still would really love a solo movie about her, could you please take our wishes into account?
Films by or about people of colour directed by women*
Some notes on the list:
This list is non-exhaustive.
The movies I counted as “starring” poc of colour have at least 1 poc as lead or co-lead.
I respect the fact that some people do not want to see movies about poc as told by white women and have separated these movies accordingly.
Some of the directors who are woc who have directed the movies starring woc are not the same race as their casts.
What counts as a woc in the western world is not what is necessarily counted as a woc in the countries that those women are from. I have created my international list based on my own western perspective.
American films directed by WOC starring POC
13th (Ava DuVernay) Documentary Appropriate Behavior (Desiree Akhavan) Daughters of the Dust (Julie Dash) Eve’s Bayou (Kasi Lemmons) Everything Everything (Stella Meghie) Farah Goes Bang (Meera Menon) Girlfight (Karyn Kusama) I Like It Like That (Darnell Martin) I Will Follow (Ava DuVernay) It’s Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong (Emily Ting) Love and Basketball (Gina Prince-Blythewood) Losing Ground (Kathleen Collins) Pariah (Dee Rees) Peeples (Tina Gordon Chism) Middle of Nowhere (Ava DuVernay) Mississippi Damned (Tina Mabry) Mississippi Masala (Mira Nair) Mosquita y Mari (Aurora Guerrero) Real Women Have Curves (Patricia Cardoso) Saving Face (Alice Wu) Selma (Ava DuVernay) Something New (Sanaa Hamri) Songs My Brothers Taught Me (Chloe Zhao) Yelling to the Sky (Victoria Mahoney)
Directed by WOC starring white people The Republic of Love (Deepa Mehta) D.E.B.S. (Angela Robinson) Vanity Fair (Mira Nair) Jennifer’s Body(Karyn Kusama) Last Night (Massy Tadjedin) The Invitation (Karyn Kusama) Equity (Meera Menon) Shake It (Hella Joof)
At Five in the Afternoon(Samira Makhmabaf) Iran Belle (Amma Asante) UK Bend it like Beckham (Gurinder Chada) UK Blackboards (Samira Makhmalbaf) Iran Bollywood/Hollywood (Deepa Mehta) Canada Dil Dhankande Do (Zoya Akhtar) India Double Happiness (Mina Schum) Canada` Earth (Deepa Mehta) Canada/India Fire (Deepa Mehta) Canada/India Heaven on Earth (Deepa Mehta) Canada Jean of the Joneses (Stella Meghie) Canada Lipstick Under my Burka (Alankrita Shrivastava) India Monsoon Wedding(Mira Nair) India Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud) France The Second Mother (Anna Muylaert) Brazil Salaam Bombay! (Mira Nair) India A Simple Life (Ann Hui) Hong Kong Still the Water (Naomi Kawase) Japan Sugar Cane Alley (Euzhan Palcy) Martinique Sweet Bean (Naomi Kawase) Japan A United Kingdom (Amma Asante) (UK) Wadjda (Haifaa al-Mansour) Saudi Arabia Water (Deepa Mehta) Canada/India The Wedding Party (Kemi Adetiba) Nigeria
Directed by white women starring POC
2 Days in New York (Julie Delpy) 35 Rhums (Claire Denis) American Honey (Andrea Arnold) Ayanda(Sara Blecher) Black Panthers(Agnès Varda) documentary Brick Lane (Sarah Gavron) The Fits (Anna Rose Holmer) Frida (Julie Taymor) Girlhood (Céline Sciamma) Honeytrap (Rebecca Johnson) Itty Bitty Titty Committee (Jamie Babbit) Mi Vida Loca (Allison Anders) No Fear, No Die (Claire Denis) Paris is Burning (Jennie Livingston) documentary Portrait of Jason (Shirley Clarke) documentary Things We Lost in the Fire (Susanne Bier) The Wedding Song (Karin Albou) Whale Rider (Niki Caro) Wuthering Heights (Andrea Arnold)
*I know people will want to add onto the list and I appreciate that, but before you do please check whether a film is directed by a woman. This blog and list is in support of women directed or co-directed films. Please respect that.
I hate how people particularly on this site scream and demand representation in action films and everything but when the movie comes out they don’t support it, in 2017 alone we have about 8 POC playing leads in superhero films and no one is trying to acknowledge it! Gal Gadot an Israeli-Jewish woman is playing Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa a biracial Hawaiian man is playing Aquaman, Ray Fisher a black man is playing Cyborg, RJ Cyler a black man played the first autistic superhero in the Power Rangers film that just came out this past Friday, Becky G a Latina woman played the first LGBTQ hero in the Power Rangers film, Ludi Lin played the first Asian superhero to ever hit the big screen, Naomi Scott played the first Indian superhero, Maisie Richardson-Sellers plays a live action Vixen, and there a plenty of others that can be added to this list ,but all those people yelling about wanting representation here are examples of a few and all of these people are leads in their respective films.. Y'all want POC leads here they are watch their films and support them! Show Hollywood that POC as leads can make money in the action and superhero genres as well! I don’t want to see another post complaining about representation until y'all have seen these movies first. Support these actors they have worked hard and deserve support!
Regarding Domino: Why do people automatically assume that the default race of someone is white if A. They have an unnatural skin tone or B. its never disclosed in a book or cartoon? like…er, I hope you know that’s proof of how systematic racism prematurely affects people right? I was extremely guilty of this too until I learned otherwise.
If you’re a fan of Supernatural, or a fan of the first season of Sleepy Hollow, you should check out the fantastic show on Fox called The Exorcist
Contrary to popular belief, this is NOT a reboot of William Peter Blatty’s 1973 classic. It’s a show in the middle of its second season that holds its own as one of the best horror shows that’s come around in years.
If you like:
a show with canon LGBT+ and POC characters
said leads are treated right and NOT killed off for shock value
masterfully done horror and suspense storytelling
open LGBT+ relationships
a respect for the theology and source material it comes from
powerful social and religious commentary
the horror effects are fantastic
This is absolutely the show for you.
In conclusion, please watch this fantastic show because if Fox cancels it I will legitimately cry
Hey, i'd be interested if you have any book rec's with ace/aro protagonists? I'm struggling to find many good ones.
So I’ll level with you here, depression’s been beating my ass for the longest time, and even though I know there’s good stuff out there, I’ve not had the energy to go delving into the nooks and crannies of the fiction world to find it, because…… y’know, it’s hard, there’s fudge all out there, I’m tired
But I’m so glad you sent this ask because it’s given me the motivation to sit my butt down and make this happen and this is IMPORTANT to me. So this ask has been an adventure for the both of us, anon friend~
Here’s what I found in my search! I’ve only read a few of them, for the above reason, but I’ve tried to collect stuff that’s been written by aro/ace authors or has received positive reviews from aro/ace people!! Here goes!!! I hope it’s not too lengthy, I got excited!!
The Bone Peopleby Keri Hulme is a mystery novel featuring an asexual protagonist, the reclusive artist Kerewin. It’s set in New Zealand and focuses a lot on Maori culture (the author herself is of Maori descent, as well as openly asexual and aromantic). Trigger warnings for physical abuse, suicide and illness.
We Awaken by Calista Lynne ( @calista-lynne ) features two asexual protagonists, girls who love girls, paranormal shenanigans, and the most beautiful glorious amazing cover I’ve ever seen. It’s also published by Harmony Ink Press, who do positive LGBTQ+ stories and are all round awesome in general. I think this one is available for preorder now, but releasing soon.
Sydney West by Rebecca McKinsey is a mystery/thriller I’ve seen some really great reviews on, which features a canon aromantic protagonist, and also has minimal profanity and minimal graphic description, if that’s not your kinda thing.
How To Be A Normal Person by TJ Klune features an asexual stoner hipster and honestly I don’t even know what else to say about it but this book looks like a wild and very weird ride to say the least.
Every Heart a Doorwayby Seanan McGuire has an asexual protagonist and creepy stuff and secret doors and other worlds. Also has a trans character! Seems like a neat premise, I’m keen to read it.
Cold Ennalineby RJ Astruc is paranormal novella also published by Harmony Ink Press, featuring an asexual (and by the sounds of the description quite possibly aromantic) protagonist.
Banner of the Damnedby Sherwood Smith is an epic high fantasy with an asexual protagonist and a POC princess and lots of awesome worldbuilding and politics and yeah!
After I Wake by Emma Griffiths features an asexual protagonist and several queer side characters and is also published by Harmony Ink Press! Hooray! Trigger warnings for suicide and mental illness (though the story itself focuses on recovery).
Sinnersby Eka Waterfield is a dark fantasy about an asexual sidhe drug dealer, so what else does a person need, really. But yeah! It’s got thumbs-ups from several ace reviewers on goodreads! Trigger warnings for drug use and violence.
Clariel by Garth Nix features a protagonist who’s pretty much 100% absolutely aroace and amazing, and from what I can see many of the aces/aros who’ve read this book strongly identify with her and her experiences and the general consensus is that it’s awesome.
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld features a demisexual WOC and a lesbian love interest and I’ve heard pretty good things about it, though I haven’t read it myself.
Quicksilverby RJ Anderson is a YA sci-fi with an asexual protagonist and lots of decent discussions on asexuality in the book, like the coming out scene, etc.
Interface: inSightby Lucy Mihajlichis another one maybe worth looking out for? It has a kickstarter going, and features a hearing-impaired aroace protagonist, nonbinary representation, and female and POC characters doing cool stuff and not dying… also has, like, cool edgy futuristic dystopia vibes~
A Word and a Bullet by Rachel Sharp has a very very very explicitly-stated aroace character. 100% aroace and cool with it. Also, quirky apocalypse stories are always fun, yeah?
And here’s some other neat stuff I found:
From Under the Mountainby Cait Spivey (panromantic asexual author, F/F high fantasy, lots of POC and women characters)
Fly By Night by Frances Hardinge (zero romance, cool premise)
The Tropic of Serpentsby Marie Brennan (ace character, not protagonist)
Radio Silenceby Alice Osman (honest and open discussions of asexuality and demisexuality, female mixed-race bisexual protagonist, male and female leads do not fall in love)
Make Much Of Meby Kayla Bashe (lots of queer rep, including asexual and nonbinary, super positive feelgood themes)
Mindtouch and Mindline by M.C.A Hogarth (non-human asexual characters, queerplatonic life-partnership, sounds hELLA CUTE)
Guardian of the Deadby Karen Healey (asexual POC leading character, not protagonist)
And I added like a billion things to my TBR lmao help me anon