Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Aisha Harris asks "Will Black Actresses Ever Catch Up to Their Peers?" Okay ... but what about Johnny Depp playing Tonto?

http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2013/08/kerry_washington_issa_rae_are_winning_but_what_about_other_black_women_in.single.html

Okay ... but Johnny Depp played Tonto so let's keep in mind that in a discussion of race and entertainment blacks have made considerably more progress in the last fifty years than American Indians have in terms of leading men and women.  Improved relations between blacks and whites is salutary and all but that historic faultline among the races doesn't mean things are the same across every set of histories and relationships.  The magic white boy who goes native and turns into the hero of a more primitive and spiritual tribe than the decadent white West managed to be the whole plot, in a nutshell,  of James Cameron's Avatar just a few years ago.

2 comments:

Headless Unicorn Guy said...

The magic white boy who goes native and turns into the hero of a more primitive and spiritual tribe than the decadent white West managed to be the whole plot, in a nutshell, of James Cameron's Avatar just a few years ago.

And before Avatar, it was Dances with Wolves...

Wenatchee the Hatchet said...

yeah, there's that.

But the thing liable to get me cranky is Windtalkers. Why go through the trouble to cast Adam Beach and other American Indian actors and get John Woo to direct a war movie to have it turn out to be a ... Nicholas Cage film? Grr!