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I don’t understand why people are making such a negative fuss about Black actors playing characters that ‘should’ be (or have previously been depicted as) white. [I’m referring mainly to the guy acting like a child over the fact that Julius Caesar is being played by a black actor]
There have been a few posts on this subject and how it’s demeaning to black people or how it’s because people are being too PC and that it’ll have a negative effect on the ‘dynamic’ of *insert name of film/play here* if the actor is black when historically the character has been white (someone moaning about the new Human Torch being black in an earlier post).
Let’s be honest- these posts were all made by white guys who aren’t actors/filmmakers/directors and therefore really shouldn’t get butthurt over how someone else chooses to depict something that they like.
I’m pretty sure that the guy that was upset over the fact that Idris Elba was cast as Heimdall has never actually worshipped any Norse gods himself so why should he care about the colour of Heimdall’s skin?
'Because in the comics Heimdall is depicted as being Norse and white and it's just wrong to have a Black actor playing him- the people that used to worship these gods would never worship a black god'
I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t be happy about the fact that an Australian played Thor and a Brit played Loki either but I’m also pretty sure that wasn’t part of the argument put forth by the little bitch that was moaning about Heimdall being black.
Ok to the guy complaining about Julius Caesar being portrayed by a black guy in that play (fair enough he was a real guy and yes he would have had white/olive skin). To that I would just say ‘get the fuck over it- it’s called acting’ It’s all a bit of make believe anyways- so what if you don’t think that he’s the right colour? Are you worried about what the citizens of an empire that fell over a millennium and a half ago will think about one of their rulers being depicted as black? I doubt it because if that was the case you’d be getting upset about the fact that there are also female actresses in the world for people to see because as you know men played both male and female parts on stage up until a few centuries ago…
Are these all cases of ‘Blackwashing’? Probably not.
Is casting black people (just because they’re black as the other posters on the subject have suggested) in roles that they feel only white people should have demeaning to black people? I don’t really know because I’m not black and neither were the previous posters so who are they to decide on how a decision on something affects a whole race of people?
Would Idris Elba suit any role that he was cast as even if he were supposed to be a blonde Chinese lady? Yes
For the most part I’m not trying to defend these black actors in any way because it’s not like they’re in the wrong in any way. I’m just sick of the pathetic double standards or just the cherry picking that people (let’s be honest: white men) do just to cause a fuss or just because they’re upset that it isn’t how THEY want it.
And what’s even worse is how these guys are passing off their opinions as though they’re sticking up for black people by saying ‘no- you shouldn’t be represented in this area because this area belongs to the white man’ and then feel good about themselves because they’re trying to save people from a growing PC world.
If you are that kind of person and you know you are: sort your fucking life out you pathetic little cretin.
I’ve waffled a bit but I think that it may do this post justice as you’ll be able to see how paper thin the arguments the other people have put forward for not casting Black actors.
TL;DR : If you’re complaining about the fact that black actors are being cast in an industry that is absolutely dominated by white men and you really don’t have a better reason for it than ‘it isn’t like the comics/it isn’t how it should be’ then you are a pathetic butthurt fanboy at best. One who clearly doesn’t really care about the thing that you’re trying to defend because if you were a fan you’d like the thing regardless of the race/gender/age/planetary origin of the person that is playing them at the moment.
If you actually don’t care about the stuff and are just kicking up fuss anyways then you’re probably just a little bitch that is afraid of change and are definitely a racist.
Also just to clarify- I’m 20 and white and British
I welcome any questions :)