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There are 12 posts tagged: "stay in your lane"
- Half-arsed job
- 15 February 2022
As Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile is released to cinemas, David Jesudason addresses racism in her work. I cannot pretend that I read the whole article; I only got as far as the incongruity in Branagh's casting compared to setting.(more…)
- Bombing under the radar
- 10 January 2022
The 355 has bombed at the US box office. The usual suspects claim that it's because this all women-led spy caper is part of an unimaginative progressive movement that audiences are tiring of. There may be something to that argument, but are they merely trying to fit things to their own cultural narrative?(more…)
- 1 November 2021
The pekapeka, or long-tailed bat (Chalinolobus tuberculatus (North Island)), has won the title of New Zealand's bird of the year. The victory has upset some people, who unironically took to Twitter—hohoho!—to complain. Nevertheless, the organisers of the poll, Forest & Bird, remain unrepentant.(more…)
- Representation, arse
- 20 September 2021
Apropos of nothing in particular, just getting this down, really.(more…)
- Racist sweatpants
- 15 September 2021
In support of my earlier observation, that people don't know the meaning of(more…)
racist, comes a report of a fashion house facing criticism because
a $1,190 (£860) pair of sweatpants it sells rips off black culture.
- Snow what?
- 24 June 2021
In what could be seen as just another race-bait move, Disney has cast latina actress Rachel Zegler as Snow White in their upcoming live action remake of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Casting for characters of restricted height has yet to be announced, but it's unlikely that Ray Winstone, Toby Jones, Ian McShane et al. will be invited to reprise their roles from Snow White and the Huntsman, since that would be taking work from genuinely diminutive actors.(more…)
- Carry On Cleo
- 12 June 2021
Writing for Smithsonian Magazine, following the premiere of Anne Boleyn, Meilan Solly harks back to the past when arguing that the controversy over Jodie Turner-Smith's casting is(more…)
unnecessary and harmful. In so doing, she trots out one of those tired old falsehoods:
- 3 May 2021
Those of us who scoffed at Elliot Page's commitment to joining the patriarchy, are laughing on the other side of our faces now. He's only gone and had a titectomy! Although, in true Page style, it's accompanied by a public announcement, in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. I'm assuming that Apple TV+ counts as(more…)
- Bucking the trend
- 18 April 2021
After all of the brou-ha-ha over privileged Hollywood actors taking roles from minorities—by, erm…acting—and calls for them to get back in their lane, there comes a refreshing change in the shape of Chad. In this new TV comedy series, Nasim Pedrad plays the titular character, a fourteen-year-old Persian boy dealing with family relationships and cultural identity, as he tries to navigate highschool.(more…)
- Sorry for nothing
- 14 April 2021
Hank Azaria, the voice of Apu on The Simpsons has apologised for voicing the character, and his role in(more…)
structural racism. It's about time, Hank, you bastard!
- Changing lanes
- 11 March 2021
Only one day after accepting the role of translating Amanda Gorman's poem The Hill We Climb into Dutch, Marieke Lucas Rijneveld has stepped down over an outcry that they're not black. This is despite the fact that Gorman chose Rijneveld herself.(more…)
- Keeping mum
- 8 March 2019
The hand-wringing over(more…)
whitewashingin Hollywood has taken a slightly more surreal turn when Will Smith is accused of not being black enough to play Richard Williams in a biopic.