Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The Case Against Colorblind Casting

[Oscar] Isaac’s career also brings up uncomfortable questions about the merits of colorblind casting, which has been highlighted as a way to make Hollywood more diverse. Film (and pop culture in general) has held up a mirror to white men for so long that the mere presence of people of color—especially in a blockbuster film like Star Wars[: The Force Awakens]is regarded as progressive. Colorblind casting might land a few promising actors prestigious roles, but it isn’t a sustainable strategy: It neither addresses the systemic problems that exists behind the camera nor does it compel Hollywood to tell more racially aware stories.ANGELICA JADE BASTIÉN, The Atlantic
Read Angelica Jade Bastién's article in The Atlantic, which talks about the diverse casting in such projects as Star Wars: The Force Awakens (and whether acceptance of colorblind casting can lead to erasure), by clicking here.

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