Criticisms on popular black film and drama. - @zellieimani
Yes! I really want to see like some fantasy Blockbuster type shit like Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter… like, we never get a story line that involves Black people and mystical space shit.
I’d really love to see something like that. I really want something to blerd over.
Yes yes yes! Variety is the spice of life.
I’m baffled as to why we can’t have black/asian/hispanic/etc elves/dwarves/etc.
I get it, guys like Tolkein wrote them as white, but here’s the thing, Heimdall was written and drawn as white in the comics (and historically in the edda), but y’know what was better? Yeah, that’s right, Idris Elba’s portrayal of Heimdall.
Y’know who else was badass in a genre film? Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian. Because Lando is badass.
Hell yes he was! <3
And agreed, I don’t see why there can’t be POC dwarves and elves in the Lord of the Rings/Hobbit movies either…they can’t even use the weak ‘Tolkien wrote them as white’ excuse because they’re already changed stuff from the books, adding additional characters to the Hobbit movies so if they can do that to increase the amount of female representation in the stories, why can’t they change other things to add more POC representation as well?
It does bug me when other species, whether fantasy creatures or alien races are always shown as all being white…like somehow that’s the ‘default’ so of course all other species would look like white dudes…
I’m in full agreement with all of this.Films with Black folks seem to fall into four categories: slavery, Jim Crow era/Civil Rights, urban crime dramas, and comedies. There is SO MUCH MORE to the Black Experience than that. I want to see Black Science fiction films, Black fantasy films, Black LBGTQ romance, etc. Anything but those same four categories over and over….
SO MUCH YES TO THIS <3
This is one of my big pet peeves about Fantasy, especially medieval fantasy. They’re all supposed to be based on ancient Europe and all the writers/creators seem to have the idea that Europe used to be the land of milky whiteness. It wasn’t there’s this thing called the Roman Empire that stretched into Africa, Asia, and the Middle east, there were these people called the Moors, People of color have been in Europe for pretty much forever.
And even if they hadn’t IT’S FANTASY USE YOUR GODDAMN IMAGINATION! What we can have dragons and Ice zombies but all the elves have to be Lily White because WORD OF TOLKIEN.
Dragons and ogres and sorcerors are one thing
But black people?
Nope that’s too farfetched, there’s no way they could possibly exist in this fantasy kingdom O.O
Yeah, Hollywood execs are morons.
I’m glad that at least some fantasy films are using more POC; I was pleasantly surprised to see Asian and Black people in ‘Oz the Great and Powerful.’ This needs to happen more often.
And we got the awesome-ness that is Idris Elba in Pacific Rim of course :D
Finally. Another free thinking man of colour who calls it like it is and refuses to toe the party line.