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Bay Area. UC Berkeley Grad: Media Studies.
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I think an important thing to understand about Hollywood blockbusters is that they are almost never flukes; they are preordained. Sure, we have the occasional surprise indie hit, but you need a lot of money and marketing behind you to become a blockbuster. Just look at the top ten films in each of the last five years: nearly every single one had a budget of more than $100 million (a lot of them were also sci-fi/fantasy films).
Meanwhile, there hasn’t been a single film released this year starring a person of color with a budget of more than $50 million, let alone a sci-fi film, which is naturally going to be more expensive. The same goes for most of the last decade. So for anyone who might say “people just don’t watch sci-fi movies starring people of color,” or “there’s no evidence that this would work,” the truth is that we have no evidence that it wouldn’t work.
“Even more alarming is that, when Latino actors are cast, they are by far more likely than any other group to be sexualized, either by revealing clothing or by being defined in the screenplay as attractive. Indeed, 36% of Hispanic actors are displayed in some sort of sexualized attire, the highest of any group looked at in the study. Hollywood seems to think America is not interested in stories about Latinos, unless they are taking their clothes off.”
Let’s talk about this. Let’s talk about how most of those roles are to be hypersexualized maids, spicy armcandy love interests, and exotic criminals. Let’s talk about how many of these roles use stereotypes to make these characters as the butt of the joke. Let’s talk about though how most of those roles go to light skinned and white Latinas. Let’s talk about how shitty the representation that Latinxs do have is pretty much restricted to bullshit and biopics. (via wocinsolidarity)
Just a few weeks ago, Marvel announced that Captain America would become the next superhero to piss off white fans and become a black person. Commenters on the website threatened to burn their Captain America shirts and ragequit the Marvel fandom. One even said that Marvel was ruining his favorite superhero. Another said that Captain America should always be white because he’s an ICON (sic). White audiences have grown increasingly critical of what they view as “politically correct” culture, in which people of color are being thrown into roles that are historically white simply to please some unspoken rule of diversity.
These commenters, wherever they may pop up on the internet, typically try to phrase their racism in an objective way. They claim that their outrage isn’t because the new character is black, but because the change alters canon, or is historically inaccurate, or is done only for financial reasons. “What if Black Panther became white?” fans often ask, suggesting that the same kind of backlash would be warranted for if the inverse example ever occurred.
And here we have Exodus: Gods and Kings, a movie starring a white guy playing Moses. Moses is a Hebrew born in Africa to an Israeli mother but raised by an Egyptian family. Christian Bale playing Moses is a change of canon. It is historically inaccurate. It is done for financial reason, because Christian Bale is a box office draw. It certainly looks like Exodus fulfills all the checkboxes white fans find so offensive when a black character happens to wander into their line of sight. Yet, there’s so far been nothing but silence from white audiences about the upcoming Christmas blockbuster. Why isn’t anyone threatening to burn their Moses shirts and convert to Buddhism?
The phrase “#1 movie in America” is literally devoid of meaning
every romance ever has starred a girl and are successful in the box office literally what are you talking about im going to pass out
"a small movie"
man shut the fuck up this movie has been one of the most advertised romance movies this year, it’s not SMALL.
what an inspiration this man isn’t
Hey everyone, Cracked did an article about the MPAA and it is a great 101 summary.
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YEAH! While we were in class, we spent a lot of time talking about how genre came to be and we noticed that it’s mostly an archiving tool for people film critics and film historians who were trying to find meaningful patterns. which, hey, that’s useful, but the attitude that we employ in talking about film and genre is just…not helpful, because it’s ultimately extremely restrictive.
there was also something about film studios using genre specifically to market, which makes sense; screwball comedy was invented to define the film “My Man Godfrey,” but i ultimately thing that there are some flaws in using genre strictly in that manner too.
Yssss. The (assumed/intended) connection between genre and demographic can be all kinds of terrible for the writing/production, tje marketing, and on the audience/consumer end.
Plus there’s the issue of conflating genre and medium, as with animation/anime.
entirety of 2015 movies are Hercules, Hercules sequels, and Hercules remakes