she wants the D(r. McCoy)
I’m just going to go by name because it’s easier
That really famous Joker guy
lol you should see how I look in literally every other picture of me this weekend. But thank you, and thank you.
The difference is that people of color are historically and even today underrepresented in film. Therefore, taking a white character and giving the role to a person of color is empowering a group of people who don’t often get adequate representation. Actors of color are severely limited in the roles they can even audition for, so allowing them to break into roles “for white people” puts them, and by extension people of color, closer to equality. For instance, I’m half-Asian — if I acted, the only roles I could even really look at would be Cass Cain and Rose Wilson (the latter of whom would probably get whitewashed). How many different options would a white woman have?
When you cast a white person in a role originally created for a person of color, you’re basically slapping racial equality in the face. You’re saying that your preference of this white actor is more important than the continued oppression and exclusion of people of color. What’s troubling about white-washing Khan, especially, is that it kind of sends this message that calculating, intelligent villains have to be white. Villains of color are always the brutes, the ninjas, the assassins, etc. We’re never the criminal mastermind.
So while in practice, they’re basically the same (changing the race of a character), in context they are completely different, and one is racist.
I was at the Big Wow! Comicfest today (I’m going to be there tomorrow as well), and one of the guests there was Adam Hughes. Now let me preface this by saying that the titular asshole is not Adam Hughes. Adam was super nice and fun to talk to; he’s the kind of guy you want to be your dad. He signed my stuff and even told me not to feel embarrassed when I practically had an emotional breakdown — apparently this one girl in Calgary was so nervous when she met him she erupted into hysterical laughter for 20 minutes. Adam Hughes was a saint okay I could spend paragraphs talking about how great he is, but that’s not the point of this anecdote so I’m going to move on.
Adam was also doing quick sketches for people, profiles of their favorite characters in their sketchbooks or on a blank cover or anywhere, really. He could’ve easily charged 10 or 20 dollars for these — he’s Adam Hughes, after all — but instead he just asked people to make a donation to help rescue Old English Sheepdogs. This essentially amount to hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in charitable contribution. The two men in front of me each asked for a sketch on one of their blank variants, in addition to having him autograph some of their comics. Neither of them made a donation.
This makes me so angry. The two guys literally met a famous comic book artist and asked him for artwork without paying him. And all Adam wanted was donations to charity. So, to recap, these met not only shafted a charity, but denied the wish of a man they claim to have tremendous respect for. Seriously — if you do this you’re actually the worst.