Truthful Tuesday — A Day Late

Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts. Frank apparently got sidetracked this weekend and he forgot to schedule his Truthful Tuesday post, so it didn’t get published until almost Wednesday. We forgive you, Frank. Anyway, here’s what Frank wants to know…

1. What are your thoughts on white-washing in movies and TV shows? (If you aren’t aware, it’s having a white actor play a role of a non-white character. Think of Jake Gyllenhaal in Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, or Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One in Dr. Strange.)

2. What are your thoughts on changing the race, gender, orientation, or other facet of an established character for the sake of diversity? For recent examples, casting Liet Kynes as a woman in the newest movie adaptation of Dune when the source material clearly indicates Kynes is a man, casting a black man (specifically Samuel L. Jackson) as Nick Fury, who was originally a white character, in the Marvel movies, or making Lt. Sulu gay in the most recent Star Trek movies with Chris Pine as Captain Kirk.

To be honest, I really haven’t given either of these questions a whole lot of thought. That said, with respect to the first question, using white actors to portray Asian, Hispanic, or native American characters used to happen all the time. But I think it’s happening much less these days. I would hope that today’s movie and television producers are more inclusive now than they were back in the day and would hire actors of the same race and nationality as the characters they are portraying.

As to the second question, if I haven’t read the book upon which the movie or TV show is based, I probably won’t even know that the character on screen is a different race, gender, or whatever from the character in the source material. If I am familiar with the original source from which the onscreen character was taken, I probably wouldn’t mind as long as the “diversity casting” doesn’t significantly change the intrinsic nature of the character being portrayed.

But as I said earlier, of all the things going on in the world these days, matters such as these barely scratch the surface of my consciousness.

5 thoughts on “Truthful Tuesday — A Day Late

  1. newepicauthor November 3, 2021 / 10:23 am

    David Carradine was given the lead role in the Kung Fu the television show and that should have gone to Bruce Lee.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango November 3, 2021 / 10:59 am

      Yes, and most of the actors who portrayed the icon Chinese detective Charlie Chan where white.

      Liked by 1 person

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