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Question: Where were all the black people [in the Sherlock Holmes movie]?
Answer: This movie is set in 1890-91. Black people weren't invented until 1926.

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From: bobill Date: November 25th, 2010 04:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lol! At least they didn't have a token black comedian, you know the awkward and kind of dumb guy, there to keep the white people looking smarter and better, as that was clearly their purpose pre-1900.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: November 26th, 2010 07:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes it could have been worse... but at least, they shouldn't have made them invisible.
From: bobill Date: November 27th, 2010 07:51 am (UTC) (Link)
In all seriousness, it is nice that there are still people out there who notice how whitewashed hollywood is. I think I'm just hugely cynical. I mean, at least black people get casted in modern-setting movies fairly frequently... When was the last time you saw more than one token Asian casted in a medical drama, or an Indian as a main character in a mainstream British film, or a Latino-starred war hero movie? There are so many ethnographic-dominated societal sectors that are just totally misrepresented in media. And it's also sad because those ethnic group actors have a really hard time finding jobs, even though they would totally fit the roles more accurately.

Also I don't think I've ever seen a legit middle-eastern character on TV, in a movie/show not about the middle-east. The closest are Indian guys who are frustrated because people keep calling them terrorists... But I mean Iraqis, Iranians, Afghans, Pakistanis, Palestinians, etc walk, work, and live amongst us as friends every day. Wouldn't it be politically healthy if we showed that on TV too? I mean come on... at least cast a Saudi Arabian guy. They're practically allies.

So... in conclusion... it's really cool that you notice these things. Hopefully the more people that do, the more the chance that the bigwigs in Hollywood actually take that into consideration, since after all TV is such a huge factor in society's perception of the world.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: December 4th, 2010 02:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
The only show I know of in reason memory that even comes close is the CW's NIKITA. The second of two reasons why I love the show so badly - the first is that it's headlined by two female leads - is that the lead (and title) character is part Asian.

It's hard not to be cynical. Sometimes I wish I could just switch my brain off and not notice things - like the way the two Asian women were killed off on Vampire Diaries, or the way that Bonnie's plotlines are always circumvented to serve the purpose of the White characters; or the way they take more time to develop Caroline's story than they ever do to Bonnie's; or all the creepy racial undertones of only Black witches/warlocks... I wish I didn't notice these things - I'd certainly enjoy my shows more. But I do. *sighs*
sunlit_music From: sunlit_music Date: November 27th, 2010 06:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Answer: This movie is set in 1890-91. Black people weren't invented until 1926.


They definitely shouldn't have erased black people from the film. It's saddening how people just keep on making characters of colour invisible without caring. It just gives me the impression that filmmakers believe PoC don't matter and can't achieve anything.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: December 4th, 2010 02:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
It just gives me the impression that filmmakers believe PoC don't matter and can't achieve anything.

Not just the filmmakers, mind. The audience has a responsibility as well. How many reviews of Holmes even mentioned the monochromatic casting? It's a vicious cycle. As long as the audience keeps condoning - and actively supporting this - then Hollywood will keep churning it out.
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