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everybody knows that they had to scrap that racist stunt after people start asking questions. This is the same racist brothers than want to white wash Akira in the move adaptation of a Japanese tale. only hiring white actors to use Japanese names.  They also scrap that after public outrage.

 

 

EXCLUSIVE: After receiving inquiries from Deadline, Warner Bros. has canceled plans to “paint down” a white stunt woman to double for a black actress on its hit Foxshow Gotham. On Monday, dark makeup was applied to the face of a white stunt woman in a hair and makeup test in advance of two days of filming next week in New York. After receiving calls from Deadline, WB initially downplayed the significance of the story, but after looking into it said that it had made a “mistake” and would hire a black stunt woman instead.

“A mistake was made this week in casting a stunt woman for a guest star in a particular scene on the show,” the studio said in a statement. “The situation has been rectified, and we regret the error.”

“Painting down” white stunt performers so that they can pass for black has been going on for decades, even though SAG-AFTRA calls the practice “unacceptable” and “improper.” Blackface went out in the 1930s, but “painting down” white stunt performers goes on to this day, and there is no language in the union’s contract that expressly prohibits it. The union’s contract only requires that stunt coordinators “endeavor” to find stunt performers of the same race and gender as the actors they are doubling. For many black cast and crew members, however, the practice is insulting and demeaning, a holdover from Hollywood’s openly racist past.

http://deadline.com/2014/10/gotham-stunt-woman-blackface-warner-bros-848969/

 

 

 

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In Jonah from Tonga (a 6 part ‘mockumentary’ tv series to be shown on HBO) the main character, Jonah, is a criminal teenage Australian boy of Tongan roots. There are several areas of serious concern with this series.

First, Jonah is played by a Caucasian, 39-year-old Australian in brown face make-up and a curly haired wig. Brownface in 2014, really?

Second, Jonah is clearly identified as ‘Tongan’. The name of the show is Jonah from Tonga. The series starts in ‘Tonga’. The logo is a caricature of of a ‘Tiki’ carving. Etc. We get it. You want us to think it’s about a Tongan. And for Americans, most of whom have little previous knowledge about Tonga, this series will shape the way they think about the nation, its culture, and its people. So what will they learn?

1. All the teenage ‘Tongan’ boys shown in the series are low achievers, gang members, or in jail. The school’s high achievers are Caucasians.

2. Much of the ‘comedy’ is derived from this blackface/brownfaced ‘Tongan’ character’s acts of violence, sexual aggression, ignorance and profanity. This is problematic not only because of the show’s astounding inherent racism, but because much of his behavior is deeply counter to Tongan culture. He swears at his sister and his father. He is extremely disrespectful to teachers. He makes sexual edvances on his cousin. He is sexually suggestive to his Aunt and a Nun. And much, much more. All this is deeply offensive in Tongan culture. Tonga is a devoutly religious country, very family-oriented, with one of the highest PhD rates per capital. None of this is reflected in Jonah from Tonga.

3. In another nod to the racism of minstrel shows, Jonah’s only saving talent is presented as dancing, and his brother’s as singing.

4. The excuse given for all this is ‘lighten up, it’s only comedy’. First, even reviewers who liked it thought it was not that funny. A typicalreview is: “the documentary truth of the situation and the people seems more important than the laughs here” (Julia Raeside, The Guardian). Which captures the problem  — many viewers will assume there is a ‘documentary truth’ in the series that teaches them something about Tonga. And it will be equally unfunny when a Tongan boy, already doing his best to fit in an American high school, gets taunted with a variation of ‘Hey Jonah – show us your dXXk tattoo!’

Tonga is a loyal friend of the US. It has troops in Afganistan, large, devout communities in Salt Lake City, academics in US higher education,  and players in major US sports teams. This show drives a wedge in that relationship. And for what?  The only saving grace is that Jonah from Tonga was a ratings disaster in Australia and the UK.

 

http://oldfilmsflicker.com/post/92273595668/in-jonah-from-tonga-a-6-part-mockumentary-tv

 

more on that racist piece of shit Chris Lilly

http://thatalienatedblackgirl.tumblr.com/post/94312787172/chris-lilley

 

 

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Director Ridley Scott’s new biblical blockbuster, Exodus: Gods and Kings, has come under fire for “whitewashing” African history, casting four white leads to tell a story of Israelities and Egyptians.

Sydney’s Joel Edgerton, a blue-eyed blond from Blacktown, has a shaved head and a deep tan to play the lead Egyptian role of pharaoh Ramses II.
A porcelain-pale Sigourney Weaver plays his mother, Queen Tuya.

US Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul features as Israelite leader Joshua and the English-born Christian Bale takes on the role of Moses.

Tariq Nasheed, a director of the race documentary series Hidden Colors, has campaigned against the film for “redefining history”.
“The storyline takes place in ancient Africa, but all the African Kings and Gods are portrayed by white actors and all the slaves, thieves and ‘lower class’ Egyptians are played by Black actors,” he wrote on Facebook

“When I saw they have Sigourney Weaver playing an African queen, I was done.”

A screenshot of the cast list on movie website IMDB, contrasting the roles of the black and white actors, has been retweeted more than 1100 times.

Some on Twitter have also taken aim at the set, particularly the nose on the Great Sphinx of Giza, saying it gives the statue a European profile.

The Exodus casting is the latest in a long Hollywood history of making actors play different ethnicities, no matter how much dark make-up is required.

Another Exodus actor, Englishman Ben Kinglsey, was rebuked for the heavy whole-body make-up he wore to play Gandhi, even though Kingsley has Indian heritage.

Anthony Hopkins went very orange as Shakespeare’s Moor Othello in a 1981 BBC production while Charlton Heston stood up for the right of a white actor to play a Eurasian role in Miss Saigon.

The US legend declared the casting block “obscenely racist” and resigned from the Actors Equity labour union in protest.
http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/movies/ridley-scotts-exodus-film-cops-complaints-about-racist-casting-of-joel-edgerton-and-sigourney-weaver-20140729-zxxqh.html

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more reasons why Asian actors should go to Asia for entertainment jobs. stop begging racists for acting jobs

The 1001 Arabian Nights. The Biblical flood and the family that repopulated the world. The Jewish exodus out of Ancient Egypt. The story of Jesus of Nazareth. The Ancient Egyptian gods Horus, Ra, and Set…

These movie concepts, in development for 2014 and 2015 releases, are based on stories and histories from the Eurocentric concept of the “East” that have captured the Eurocentric imagination. They’re also rare acting opportunities for actors of color that continue to be cast with white actors.

Liam Hemmsworth and Anthony Hopkins will star as leads in the Arabian NightsRussell Crowe stars as the patriarch of the Earth-repopulating family of Noah in what the film claims is a “close adaptation of the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark.” Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado portrays the role of Jesus in Son of God. White Brit Christian Bale plays Moses and white Australian Joel Edgerton plays Ramses II in Exodus. White Scottish, Danish, and Australian actors top the cast of Gods of Egypt portraying Set, Horus, and Ra.

North African, Near Eastern, Middle Eastern, South Asian–they’re already arbitrary cultural classifications. Depending on Hollywood’s purposes, these characters, cultures, and stories are either made white or racialized as a swath of brown.

When the Persian characters were heroic protagonists in The Prince of Persia, they were depicted by white American and British actors (with the exception of the villain, depicted by mixed race British-Indian actor Ben Kingsley.) When the Persian characters were villains in 300, they were cast with black and brown actors including Brazilian actor Rodrigo Santoro as Xerxes and Ghanian actor Peter Mensah as the Spartan messenger who memorably declares “This is madness!” (Did either production cast Persian American or Persian actors in major roles? Nope.)

This is Hollywood. Hollywood doesn’t handle diversity with nuance. It ignores the diversity of Africa and views it as a black monolith (with the exception of a whitewashed Egypt), it doesn’t get distinctions such as Persian or Arab, and it encourages audiences to mentally blend South Asians and Middle Easterners in fantasy representations of barbarism and terrorism.

http://www.racebending.com/v4/blog/modern-hollywood-ancient-east/

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trying to join the white club?

 

 

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An Asian American fraternity has revived allegations of racism at the University of California, Irvine, by making a parody music video in blackface and posting it on YouTube.

Four members of the Lambda Theta Delta fraternity recorded a homemade skit in which one wore black make-up to impersonate the rapper Jay-Z, prompting recriminations and apologies. The students said the parody of the Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake song Suit and Tie was intended as harmless fun but student organisations and university authorities condemned it as insensitive and racist.

 

“We’d like to point out that this blackface video isn’t the first, nor is it the last, example of racism that’s been shown on this campus,” Ainaria Johnson, co-chairwoman of UCI’s Black Student Union, told the Daily Pilot. Johnson noted that a second video on the fraternity’s YouTube page featured a blackface.

In 2011, a chef at the university caused a spat by serving fried chicken and waffles, an African American culinary stereotype, to mark Martin Luther King day.

Thomas Parham, UCI’s vice chancellor for student affairs, told the Daily Pilot that university authorities were investigating the Jay-Z impersonation video. “We as a campus, I as an administrator, we are shocked,” he said. We are dismayed to see what I think is insensitive in a video parody that was made by these individuals.”

It was unclear if the use of blackface, a throwback to minstrel and vaudeville shows which parodied black people, stemmed from ignorance or disregard, said Parham. “In either case it’s reprehensible.”

Black students comprise about 2.6% of the university’s 27,000-strong student body.

The members of Lambda Theta Delta, the university’s oldest and biggest Asian American fraternity, posted the video earlier this month with the disclaimer: “No racism intended. All fun and laughter.” Its existence was first reported by OC Weekly.

 

The Asian Pacific Student Association called the video “deeply offensive”. The Black Student Union made a formal complaint.

The fraternity posted an apology on its Facebook page. “The use of black face in the video is incredibly offensive as well as insensitive. This behavior is simply unacceptable and the individuals responsible for the video have already been reprimanded within the organization prior to the public outcry to which this formal apology is responding.”

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commentary by Tommy Sotomayor

 

 

 

 

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for years people of colour including myself have been outraged  at hollywoods racist whitewashing of POC characters in thier movie adaptations of comics, novels, cartoons and the whitewashing of book covers placing pictures of white models where the story’s main protagonist are non-whites. me and other POCs are being told that we are too P.C, sensitive, accused of racebating, it’s abusiness they are catering to thier white audience that cant handle a non-white protagonists, etc.   I initially ignored this non-news story but since racist hollywood is getting out of control i decided to address this white crying over the blonding of Ann.

to those who are upset  I DON’T GIVE  A SHIT about your favourite character being blondewashed why?

None of you were outraged at these hollywood and hollywood inspired racist incidents which include:

Hunger games move watches celebrate the killing of black kids in the hunger games on twitter.

Movie audiences openly advocate the killing and murdering of East Asians on Twitter after they watch the remake of Red Dawn.

spoiled rich college kids(they may be 18 and over but they act like kids) having racist theme parties on college campuses and committing racist acts and hate crimes against POC students while the racist authorities on these same campuses look the other way.

Racist coward Joanna Angel dressing up her friend in yellowface but too chickenshit to get a white woman dress up in blackface, like anti-asian bullies she is not afraid of the consequences.

The whitewashing of Nora in the movie adaption of “Warm Bodies”, In the original book, Nora has an Ethiopian Father and a White mother They choose a white blonde actressto portray Nora. Johnny Depp dressing up in Indianface acting as “Tonto” in the remake of ” TheLone Ranger”. Tonto is described as a native American in the original 1930s-1950s radio and tv show. in the tv show adaptation Tonto was played by a Canadian Mohawk(first nations) actor.

The white washing of Nina Simone in an upcoming movie where light skinned latina Zoe Saldana was picked to portray a dark skinned black jazz musician Nina Simone they even Dress up Zoe in prosthetics (despite popular belief blackface is still here) .   I could go on and on and list other similar racist incidents where the fans of Ann of Green Gable are silent, and or condone them but get butt hurt when Ann of Green Gables is portrayed by a sexy blonde model.

if you are  are a redhead don’t join these hypocrites I would not be surprised if many of them enjoy attacking, harassing and bullying redheads in thier so called “national kick a ginger days”. recent news reports show they are targets of bullies. just doa google search on redheads targets of bullying, redheads and bullying, etc

Redheads in the U.K face bullying

British red haired family forced to moved after bullying campaign

Some are even equating anti- red hair sentiment with racism

now to the news of the blonding of Ann of green gables

No, Canada’s most loveable freckled redhead has not dyed her hair, got a boob job and moved to the Jersey Shore. It just looks that way on Amazon.com, where an enterprising but misguided new publisher has enraged readers with a $13.49 set of L.M. Montgomery’s beloved Anne of Green Gables novels adorned with a cover image of a bleached-blond farm girl signalling “come hither” on a haystack.

“Anne has red hair. RED HAIR,” complained one online reviewer. “It’s a key part of her character and is a strong influence on her words and actions. Secondly, Anne is 10 at the start of the series. What is up with the bedroom eyes?”

“This is nuts, offensive even,” wrote another, identifying herself as “once a little red headed girl myself.”

“I love these three books to death,” she added, “but I will never buy copies of this edition for anyone. For shame!”

The blond Anne melodrama spotlights an obscure but active niche in the thriving, try-anything world of digitally enabled self-publishing, also known as indie publishing.

Using digital copies of public-domain texts that are available free from many sources – the Montgomery copyrights expired in 1993 – the indie publishers slap on new covers, with images often obtained from cheap stock-photo sources, and offer them for sale through any one of the popular self-publishing services that are now fully integrated into the massive Amazon sales list.

The key to the process is that no books are printed – or real money invested – until an order is received. When and if they appear, orders are fulfilled by third parties using “print-on-demand” technology that can produce instant books one at a time.

The new Anne set was published using Amazon’s own CreateSpace self-publishing platform. Neither company responded to inquiries about the new edition. The identity of the publisher is unknown.

Three years ago, CreateSpace signed agreements with both the U.S. Library of Congress and the British Library to make more than 100,000 of their public-domain titles available using the same technology. But entrepreneurs have found a new angle.

Among other sexed-up covers now available online is an edition of Wuthering Heights published by lulu.com showing two naked lovers in profile on its cover.

“There’s nothing wrong with a makeover, even for literary greats, so long as the finished product is true to the spirit of the work, said lulu spokeswoman Sarah Gilbert. “For most novelists, past or present, the goal has been a wide audience.”

For living writers, CreateSpace and its kin offer an easy way to get older books back in print, according to self-publishing expert Doug Heatherly. But the practice of reselling public-demand titles “is mostly drying up now,” he said, as sources of free content become more widely available.

This is not the first-time Canada’s iconic redhead has been subject to a copyright struggle. The company that produced the Anne of Green Gablesfilms in the 1990s underwent a long struggle with the heirs of Ms. Montgomery, who claimed a “reversionary copyright interest” in all things Anne.

In the end, the heirs and the government of Prince Edward Island incorporated an entity called The Anne of Green Gables Licensing Authority Inc. to manage their claim to the commercial use of the character’s image and milieu.

Even so, many of Montgomery’s books, including Anne of Green Gables, are available as free downloads from sites such as Project Gutenberg.

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