Deadline tried it, lovers of the Zoo.
They tried it and now they are getting dragged for filth because of it.
What am I talking about? Well, if you have a computer and an internet connection, Deadline’s horrible article on the “ethnic casting” trend has probably been brought to your attention. If you were not aware of its existence prior to me mentioning it, please Google “Deadline” and “ethnic” as I refuse to post the link here.
To explain a bit, the article in question contends that the increase in “ethnic casting” is great, but might be coming at the expense of White actors and actresses…never-mind that they literally get the other 90% of the roles out there.
So, without further ado, here are 6 thoughts on that Horrible ‘Ethnic’ Deadline Article:
1. Dearest Nellie, what is your fascination with the worth “ethnic”?
I am asking this in all seriousness. I hit CTRL+F on my laptop and found that you used this one word over 20 times. Jesus Christ, what is it with you and the word “ethnic?” Does it roll off your tongue? Does it make you feel all warm and giddy inside?
Whatever the case, you need to stop. Correction, YOU NEED TO BE STOPPED. First of all, I’m going to need you to find a dictionary and take several seats (a stadium of seats in fact), because this word—“ethnic”—does not mean what you think it means. We all know that you MEANT to say Black or Latin@ or Asian or POC and etc. Just have the gall to say it and don’t hide behind a word that makes all people of color want to rage-quit.
The only thing that could have been worse than using the word “ethnic” was using the word “exotic”. You know, the other word people use to describe people of color as if they are all venus flytraps.
2. “Ethnic casting” is too much of a good thing? Are you serious?
The title of this article alone (“Pilots 2015: The Year of Ethnic Castings – About Time or Too Much of Good Thing?”) is too much. It is literally too damn much.
Dee Lockett over at Vulture pretty much sums up my beef with both the word “ethnic” and the sheer absurdity of the title of this article:
“The very word, by Merriam-Webster’s definition, means ‘of or relating to races or large groups of people who have the same customs, religion, origin, etc.’ That’s right! White people are ‘ethnic,’ too. And using the term to suggest anything otherwise — in this case, that it denotes only people of color — is a dangerous, slippery slope. Also, ‘casting term’ — as she defends her use of the word in the article’s first sentence — or not, it’s irresponsible to repeat it” (Vulture).
Chiming back in, I am sincerely confused about how this is a bad thing? Are you saying that there are too many POCs running around on TV?
After like six or seven shows (Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, Cristela, Fresh Off The Boat, Empire, Jane The Virgin, Black-Ish, etc), suddenly television has been *overrun* by people of color? Is that what is happening? Because I must have missed it. Those other 31209830298320198320 shows with predominantly White casts must not exist. I guess I imagined that. Huh.
3. Where was this “think piece” (I am being HELLA generous) when #OscarsSoWhite happened?
We witnessed the blandest Oscars ceremony in a while this past February, yet you were nowhere to be seen with such a “think piece” (still being generous) when that happened. Who was to blame for that? Huh?
I’m assuming the imaginary POC that exist in your delusional little head may have had something to do with that. I guess.
4. …What is this “ethnic quota” nonsense and why haven’t I heard of it?
In your article, you mentioned something about a mystical “ethnic quota” and then attempted to back it up with this quote:
“However, because of a mandate from the studio and network, one of the roles had to diverse [sic], so the pilot could only cast one of the top choices and pass on the other to fulfill the ethnic quota” (Deadline).
I just have one thing to ask:
What the hell are even you talking about?
Are you insinuating that we have allegedly filled some arbitrary POC quota? And what the f*ck is this bullsh*t about a mandate? Are you saying that studios and networks are actively pushing some “PC” (typing that made my head hurt) agenda? Because if that is what you are saying, you must be living in some alternate dimension where people of color actually get to shine on TV without question (and not in THIS dimension where POC barely scratch the surface with 5% of lead roles).
5. I’m sorry, but what is “trendy” about race?
You know, I side-eyed Giuliana Rachet for calling Kylie Jenner’s locs trendy and trashing Zendaya’s locs. I am very suspicious of certain “trendy” things like Timberlands (which have been around forever) and gelled baby hair (which is also not new). But, I am willing to call certain things trendy. Igloo Australia is trendy (for now). Skinny jeans are trendy (for now). Those saggy pants that look like you’re packing diapers—Harem Pants—are trendy (for now).
You know what’s not trendy? Race.
First of all, “trendy” implies it will be going away soon and as much as people like to moan and whine about it, race is a thing that people live with every day. And it is here to stay. To dismiss the idea of people of color attempting to—as Shonda Rhimes wisely said—normalize TV as a trend is not only woefully ignorant, but it is also ill-informed and downright racist.
6. Dearest Nellie, let’s talk about Hollywood’s tendency to Whitewash.
I thought I had reached peak “shock and disturbed” levels. Then, I read this quote:
“Uncle Buck and Love Is A Four Letter Word are among several projects where the original white protagonists have been changed to black this season” (Deadline).
Here we go again.
You might as well have pulled a Michelle Rodriguez and told everyone, including these studios and networks, to “stop stealing White people’s roles”.
First of all, are you an idiot? Has your head been stuck in the ground all this time? Better yet, is your head shoved up your ass? If so, such things MIGHT explain why you fail to acknowledge Hollywood’s nigh-automatic tendency to Whitewash anything and EVERYTHING, no matter what is.
Movies. TV. Anime. All of it.
Do you remember M. Night’s hot, heaping plate of sh*t that morphed into The Last Airbender? You know, that one movie where all of the protagonists—who were formerly of color—were now White and, strangely enough, the antagonists remained of color?
Do you remember the backlash last year when it was discovered that White actors like Christian Bale, Sigourney Weaver, and Joel Edgerton would be playing the role of Moses and key Egyptian figures (respectively) in Exodus?
Do you remember that one time when John Wayne played motherf*cking Genghis Khan?
Hollywood loves to Whitewash and then likes to explain it away by throwing out some bogus statistics on population demographics and audience (even though it has been proven that a diverse cast will get you a bigger AND diverse crowd. Duh). BUT…as soon as a person of color steps into a role that has been “traditionally” (screw that word. Tradition is a farce) occupied by a White actor/character, everybody. loses. their. goddamn. minds.
Don’t believe me? Please see the backlash surrounding Johnny Storm, a hypothetical Spider-Man who is of color, and the mere suggestion that Iron Fist be Asian American. And please sit the f*ck down.
Dearest Nellie, White actors will be a-okay; I promise. But that being said, you should be ashamed of yourself for writing that “ethnic” article. Not only is it trash, but it just shows that people like you, who probably spew bullsh*t about America being “post-racial”, are very delusional and need not speak about things you clearly know absolutely nothing about.
I leave you with one of my favorite internet memes of all time:
Source: Awesome Luuvie, Vulture, Deadline
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