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Noah Screenwriter Says Something Really Idiotic About Race And Representation

“From the beginning, we were concerned about casting, the issue of race. What we realized is that this story is functioning at the level of myth, and as a mythical story, the race of the individuals doesn’t matter. They’re supposed to be stand-ins for all people. Either you end up with a Bennetton ad or the crew of the Starship Enterprise. You either try to put everything in there, which just calls attention to it, or you just say, ‘Let’s make that not a factor, because we’re trying to deal with everyman.’ Looking at this story through that kind of lens is the same as saying, ‘Would the ark float and is it big enough to get all the species in there?’ That’s irrelevant to the questions because the questions are operating on a different plane than that; they’re operating on the mythical plane.”Noah screenwriter Ari Handel answering The High Calling after being asked, “while there’s a lot of diversity shown in the animal kingdom, there’s no racial diversity in the cast. Can you speak to that?”

Race doesn’t matter, huh? You didn’t want to make race a factor in your movie, huh? Then the entire cast was made up of white people because…?

Guess what? White is not, and should not, be the default in Hollywood films. The more filmmakers include a diverse cast, the less it will look like you’re “calling attention to it” and just, you know, creating an accurate depiction of real life.

Previously in Representation

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This Makes Sense

Why The New Ms. Marvel Is A Promising Step Forward [Video]

Because we can never talk about the importance of inclusion enough. This recent video from PBS Idea Channel unpacks Kamala Khan’s cultural significance, framing her as a promising step forward for comics (and media at large). Even if you’re not a Ms. Marvel fan, this is a solid sum-up of the effects media representation often has on the real world.

(via Geekosystem)

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Wise Words

Oscar Nom Lupita Nyong’o Speaks Out About Beauty Standards And Media Representation

This week, actress Lupita Nyong’o was honored with the Best Breakthrough Performance award at Essence’s Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon. At the beginning of her acceptance speech, she described a letter she received from a young fan, who’d been considering buying skin-lightening cream before Nyong’o rose to fame. For Nyong’o, the sentiment was all too familiar.

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Pretty Pretty Princess

High School Junior Petitions Disney For a Plus-Size Princess

There’s always a lot of debate surrounding Disney and princess culture, but I hope there’s one thing we can agree on: Disney princesses should, as a group, aspire to diversity. Representation is incredibly important, especially to kids, whose perception of the world around them is still being formed. All children deserve to see themselves positively represented in media. It’s something teenager Jewel Moore took to heart when she started this Change.org petition to get Disney to introduce a plus-size princess.

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Supergirly

Chloë Grace Moretz is Not Happy With the State of Cinema Superheroines

Chloë Grace Moretz wants more women as leads in superhero franchises, so she can watch them and play them.

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Olden Lore

Once Upon a Time’s Jamie Chung On Mulan’s Sexuality, How They Just Need to Give Her a Plotline Already, Dammit

“It was like an on-going inside joke between [Aurora actress] Sarah Bolger and I. ‘I secretly, like, really care about you.’… The audience…there’s this conspiracy online, ‘Mulan loves Aurora!’ And I’m really glad the writers listened because I really think they planned that from the beginning. They’re all about twists and, like, why not, you know? It felt so natural to begin with.” — Look, I know the news about Once Upon a Time‘s Mulan being bi/gay/whatever/just in love with a woman isn’t exactly new; the episode where her feelings were confirmed came out months ago. But I’m still a little pleasantly shocked that Once, of all shows, went there (because Disney), so if Mulan actress Jamie Chung talks at a press junket for her new show Believe about how open Once‘s writers were to Mulan and Aurora’s obvious chemistry, well…  it’s too cool not to share, is what I’m saying. Chung also said that her new gig doesn’t necessarily mean Mulan is leaving the Onceverse for good: “I think it would be really disappointing to leave the audience with this giant question mark. I would go back in a heartbeat. I am committed to [Believe], but I don’t think that door is shut so I’m hoping there is something we can do to answer those questions… I would love more character development…something to sink my teeth into with that character.” Yes. Once, turn the camera away from the same old stories for once (Regina’s good! She’s evil! Good! Evil!) and focus on some of those excellent side characters you have for more than an episode at a time.

(via: AfterEllen)

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We Can Be Heroes

Writer of New Ms. Marvel Talks Representation

There’s been a lot of scrutiny of the character since the announcement, particularly because of her Muslim faith. Do you feel like there’s extra pressure to treat her as a representative for all Muslims?

“There’s a burden of representation that comes into play when there aren’t enough representatives of a certain group in popular culture. So the few ones that do exist come under increased scrutiny and pressure, because they’re expected to represent everybody. Obviously, you can’t do that with one character and you shouldn’t, because it would stifle the narrative and prevent them from becoming a fully-realized person. So I think in situations like that, you just have to tread lightly and trust your gut. Kamala is not a token anything in any way. She’s very much her own quirky, unique, wonderful person. She’s not a poster girl for her religion and she doesn’t fall into any neat little box.

If you put the shoe on the other foot and said we’re going to have one Christian character that represents all Christians, the ridiculousness would be obvious right away. Are you talking about white Methodists from Oklahoma? Are you talking about Anglicans in Africa, who are the fastest growing group of Christians on planet Earth? It’s patently impossible for a Muslim character to represent ‘all Muslims.’”Wired has a preview of the new Ms. Marvel, in which the titular heroine is Muslim teen Kamala Khan. There’s also an interview with writer G. Willow Wilson. The whole thing’s a good read, but this answer is my favorite bit.

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Essay

Wish She Could Be Part of Your World: On Tauriel-hate and Original Material

It’s a poorly-kept secret that we here at TMS are firmly on the side of Tauriel, the original female elf character in The Hobbit franchise whose mere existence created waves of discussion across the Internet. But some do not share in our enthusiasm. In fact, if you took a look around the fan ‘net in the months preceding The Desolation of Smaug’s release, there has been a distinctly anti-Tauriel sentiment in the air. Hiding behind a desire to preserve the sanctity of the source material, many commentators objected to her addition on purist grounds. Other became concerned about her rumored involvement in a love subplot with Legolas and/or Kíli, further indicated by a secondary trailer for the feature in which King Thranduil appears to caution her against pursuing relations with his son. But now we have surer footing from which to look at Tauriel, warrior, love interest, healer, and forum discussion whipping-girl. The actual film containing her appearance has emerged, and with it, a host of questions, concerns, and a fair bit of mud that this reviewer is willing to sling back.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: John Barrowman Reenacts Death Scene With Cosplayer

John Barrowman, international treasure. (Tor.com)

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Professor Xavier’s Circus Of The Uncanny

Artist Curtis Tiegs gives us a look at how those with the X-gene might have made a living in the 1800s, when not fighting crime of course. (via Neatorama)

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