The usual argument here is that authors are allowed to create whatever characters and worlds they wish, and that they shouldn’t be forced to be “politically correct” about their imaginations. In theory, I agree. But when we exist a world where racial disparities often dictate things like access to wealth, proper healthcare, proper education and fair treatment under the law, it’s disingenuous to pretend that continuing to marginalize people of color in fictional venues is anything less than equally egregious. The fact that so many authors think that it’s not a problem to completely omit the very existence of millions of people and cultures entirely when constructing a narrative, is a product of white supremacy and the attitudes and thinking that come with it.
When I first became an actor, I wanted to play lots of roles - Guidos, gangsters and goombahs were my specialty. So, would I be able to play all of those parts after portraying a sensitive, moisturizing, Ashton Kutcher-loving, pink-shirt-wearing kid? I was optimistic. Hollywood? Not so much. I was meeting a “gay glass ceiling” in casting…
One time I wanted to audition for a supporting character in a low-budget indie movie described as a “doughy, blue-collar lug of a guy.” …I figured I was perfect for it.
They said they were looking for a real “man’s man.” The casting director wouldn’t even let me audition. This wasn’t the last time this happened. There were industry people who had seen me play you in Mean Girls but never seen me read in an audition but still denied me to be seen for “masculine” roles.
Actor Daniel Franzese Writes a Touching Coming Out Letter To His Iconic ‘Mean Girls’ Character Damian. Franzese writes about how playing the role of Damian in the movie meant facing discrimination and typecasting in Hollywood.
However, I did turn down many offers to play flamboyant, feather-boa-slinging stereotypes that always seemed to be laughed at BECAUSE they were gay. How could I go from playing an inspirational, progressive gay youth to the embarrassing, cliched butt-of-a-joke?
It wasn’t until years later that grown men started to coming up to me on the street - some of them in tears - and thanking me for being a role model to them. Telling me I gave them comfort not only being young and gay but also being a big dude. It was then that I realized how much of an impact YOU had made on them.
Forbidden Planet: This 1956 science-fiction film borrows themes and plot points from The Tempest, but it’s set in an alien world. It’s known as one of the best sci-fi films of all time, which is probably the last genre you think of when you think of Shakespeare. Plus it stars Leslie Nielsen, and he always made everything better. (Source: Shakespeare Is Still Cool After 450 Years, and Here Are 10 Movies and TV Shows to Prove It)
[T]hanks to the hyperfeminine “new lesbian” of the 2000s, at long last feminine lesbians began to be represented in the media, helping them in their long, ongoing struggle against the dreaded femme invisibility. In this exciting new era, lesbian women grow up knowing that rather than being largely immune to society’s punitive and unrealistic standards of female beauty, they, too, can spend their lives in pursuit of them. Hoo. Ray.
omg I went to the supermarket and bought this today.
NOW I CAN HAVE MY FAVOURITE HEROES ALL OVER MY BODY
WHAT DO THEY SMELL LIKE
Strawberries and FREEDOM.
Anya’s afraid of bunnies. And who wouldn’t be with characters like these?
Watch the full hilarious video of how ‘Frozen’ should have really ended here.
(Source: How It Should Have Ended)