What was the whitewashing in Prometheus? I don’t have any interest in seeing the movie but I also know very little about the movie so was it writing thing or a casting thing?
First of all sorry for the delay I’ve been busy. The whitewashing in Prometheus consisted of a white looking alien being the supposed origins of humans on Earth. When in reality we know that humans are descended from black Africans. So it was both a writing and a casting thing.
When the director of The Ghost in the Shell calls Scarlett Johansson “the best of her generation” what he actually means is she’s the most popular.
Only white actresses were considered for The Ancient One.
A Chinese actor with 15 years of martial arts experience auditioned for Iron First and was told he had to be the villain to a white hero.
An Indigenous actress was told to her face that she couldn’t audition for Tiger Lily because they didn’t want the character to be Native anymore.
So until Hollywood stops discriminating at casting calls and allows people of color their fair shot in this business I don’t want to see anymore white people being held up as the best in the business in defense of whitewashing.
After hashtag campaign #StarringJohnCho reimagined Hollywood films with Star Trek actor John Cho in the lead role, Fresh Off the Boat actress Constance Wu is getting her shot. And judging by her tweet, Wu approves.
It would be REALLY FUCKIN GREAT if white people, SPECIFICALLY WHITE PEOPLE, would call out colorism and whitewashing within fandom.
When you leave it just to poc, not only are we having to look at things that actively harm us, but we’re having to waste time and energy on educating people.
But not only that, every single time we call it out, and I mean EVERY time, we also have to deal with racists coming out of the woodwork and harassing us for us calling it out, even months or years later on this garbage hellsite.
What can you do as a white person?
• educate YOURSELF
• educate fellow white people
• call colorism out when you see it
• when you see a poc trying to call it out, support them. Maybe message them to see if they’re okay, and definitely join in in the callout publicly to show that racism isn’t acceptable. (Just don’t talk over poc)
• QUIT SUPPORTING ARTISTS THAT WHITEWASH. Don’t give the artists your uncritical reblogs. Don’t just reblog with commentary in the tags. That doesn’t help. Call it out or don’t reblog. Simple as that.
• if you see people harassing poc for calling colorism out, defend them. Maybe send the person nice stuff to cheer them up. I know it always lessens the burden for me when friends tag me in or message me cute stuff, even if they don’t have the ability to get into the fight. Support poc.
And perhaps most importantly:
Quit ignoring posts like these where poc ask you to be a better ally.
This is an absolutely perfect article about this film and a perspective no one ever listens to in Hollywood. Devastating to read, but its the unfortunate reality. Also, for the record, I’m so glad the movie has flopped.
If Marvel Studios can take the time to painstakingly find an unknown actor like Tom Holland to portray their very specific version of Peter Parker than they could afford to find a Jewish/Roma actress for Scarlet Witch and Asian actors for Dr. Strange and Iron Fist.
SheaMoisture needs some of their own conditioner for this dry apology.
The family-owned business, founded by a black family that fled Liberia for the United States, has been around since 1912 and sells hair and skincare products that are popular among black women.
But you couldn’t quite tell that in an ad the company released on Monday, which featured white and fair-skinned women using the product.
The ad was an apparent attempt to make the company’s products attractive to white consumers. Users of SheaMoisture roundly rebuked the ad, calling the company out for not featuring a single dark-skinned black woman, or a woman with tightly curled hair in the ad.
The company issued an apology for the ad late on Monday, but didn’t once mention the black women consumers who’ve made them a household name — and highly profitable to boot. Read more (4/25/1710 AM)