I have a bit weird question and I didn't know who else to ask. It's about race in video games. Unfortunately there aren't many games with POC, and when I get to play one I'm really happy and excited to see POC characters and if I can choose the skin tone of my character, I never choose white. Now, I'm white myself, so I was wondering if what I'm doing isn't fetishizing POC? I'm doing what I can to educate myself on the subject and not be racist, but I always have doubts..
Fetihizing PoC is when you get creepy about it.
It’s not just liking the general look for a race, it’s not appreciating things about a person of that race.
It’s when the whole appeal is just that race. “I like Asian chicks.” is creepy as shit, “Asian people are attractive.” Is aight.
I saw you gave advice to another fantasy writer about writing a PoC villain, so do you mind if I ask you another question like that? I'm writing a graphic novel with superheroes in, and I want the leader of one of the "teams" to be a black female voodoo practitioner (she would not be the only black woman in the story at all) and she'd be a good guy bc "evil voodoo" is tired, and I'm prepared to do a lot of research, but would it be easier just to stay away?
Personally, I’d stay away from the Voodoo aspect and just change it to general magic.
Vodun/Vodou/Vudu has a long complicated history and it differs from place to place, I know Puerto Rican Vudu is different than Haitian Voudou.
It’s a real religion/practise. I’d rather it be left to experts.
I think that the last anon comparing American media to Japanese media is quite appropriate considering how racist and oppressive Japanese society is to minority groups like biracial Japanese people or Koreans.
I didn’t even want to get into that lol.
I think this blog has made a joke of itself. Those native american halloween costumes and stuff like that, I see your point but I think you're exaggerating the problem, like in every other subject in this blog. It's a shame that global mainstream media is mainly ruled by white americans, but take japanese comics for example: the characters in them are japanese in almost all cases. My point is you're mostly just blaming white people for being white. That's racism just as much as everything else.
I am confused. Are you saying that because White Americans are the majority that it’s okay?
Because okay, let’s say that because they’re the majority and that’s why you see more of them in movies/tv/etc.
Why is every other race pigeonholed in racist stereotypes?
If when PoC were included in movies and books and we were more than just common stereotypes that would be one thing. But we’re either broad racist stereotypes or…not there pretty much.
See, having a white guy be the hero and the villain be black isn’t the problem. It’s when that same set up is used over, and over, and over, and over and over. It’s when black people can only be scary black people or Natives can only be mystical tree talking people, Asian people can only be the engrish speaking comedy that it becomes a problem.
It isn’t just that PoC are underrepresented, it’s that we’re underrepresented as real people.
I am Do you ever think that you see everythin as racist because you want to see it that way? Y'all a bunch of pussy-faced idiots who feel the need to get ofended at EVERYTHING, and FYI I am a 24 year old Black Lady (POC LIKE WTF?) and what you're talking about it a pile of shit, GET OVER YOURSELVES!
….are you okay?
Do I need to call someone for you? Do you need some water or something?
It's not just a case of any actor of colour would do. Because frankly I'll take a skilled white actor over a shoddy one of colour, and vic versa. Frankly there are just not that many actors that I believe could do the Doctor well, white black or blue, we're probably talking 10 actors tops. And while I'm here, only the 11th actually had auditions. 9 & 10 were hand picked by the production team with out an audition. So it's not new that they picked and offered it to someone that met their ideal.
Picked from a list, even if you have a person in mind you still make sure you have back ups just in case.
No PoC was considered, bet cash monies no PoC was within 10 feet of the list.
And to say that there’s not any skilled PoC actors is just you looking for excuses. There are fabulous, not busy, skilled PoC/Women actors out there.
I’m also gonna go on a limb and say you’re looking from a small pool of well known actors, there are always fresh faces/un heard ofs out there.
While DS9 was awesome, and well amazing in all regards, Voyager was close to being canceled before they introduced Seven of Nine, but I think that might of been more due to story, than female lead. Also BBC doesn't make shows for money, it is publicly funded. It is all down to lack of actors of colour, my faviort for 12 was Alexander Siddig, but even he, like nearly all actors of colour in the UK is busy with other acting commitments. As for a femdoc, only 13% of fans would want that.
There is no lack of actors of color. I know that for a fact. There are tons of actors of color out there. The BBC/DW team didn’t look.
There are other South Asian actors out there besides Siddig who aren’t busy. How am I to believe that literally every non white actor is busy? At the same time?
As for that 13% thing. Who cares? The fans would deal with it and probably love her and the real issue is that a female doctor or a person of color was never even offered the role or thought of as a viable candidate.
Your post was about a black doctor. Still, for awhile there was talk of Charlize Theron playing the doctor. But it's about money. The majority of people watching Doctor Who are cishet males. I don't think having a female Doctor would greatly impact revenue. But companies would be concerned about loosing a demographic that has been so largely apart of the fan base. They fear the cishet male audience wouldn't be able to identify with the female lead. Which is, to an extent, true.
That is such a load of pure horse shit and my proof is Star Trek's Benjamin Sisko,
and Katheryn Janeway,
Their shows didn’t have a problem with revenue or “losing a demographic”.
"It’s all about money." Get the fuck outta here with that, it’s not about money, plus did you miss Moffat’s "I think it’s time for the queen to be played by a man." thing? Casting a non white/non male never occurred to him or anyone else. And that’s what’s sad.
And honestly, what are they afraid of? Those fans aren’t going anywhere, they’ll sit down and take it, and then probably love it and pretend they never had shit to say about it.
Part of being a marginalized group is having less of a voice in a myriad of domains. When one comes across as arrogant, rude, or even downright insulting said person has literally pooped on their own message and the good their message can do. People will care more about how insulting you are vs. what your message is - and this is true no matter which side you're on. If you want people to hear you, you need to be angry and loud and passionate. But being an ass will get you no where.
Me being arrogant shouldn’t mean dick if if my rights are being shat on. Just because someone is an asshole doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have the same rights as everyone else.
And tbh that shit’s in the eye of the beholder. All I have to do is mention some injustices in an angry voice and I get people telling me I need to be nicer and that anger does nothing and “Remember MLK!”
While there are black people in GB they're a pretty big minority (~3%). From a money making standpoint having a white character means white people (the majority of DW viewers) will be able to identify with said character easier and therefore make the show more successful. We often look for similarities we have with characters we enjoy. The same mentality behind PoC wanting more PoC characters on TV. Companies know this. It's about business more than anything.
Then why couldn’t the doctor have been a white woman?