So, you know Woody Allen, of course. The filmmaker who’s seemingly been a critics’ darling, since the early 70’s; Your typical liberal New Yorker, who also loves to play jazz. But there’s that one thing though. You know what I’m talking about. That one thing that’s been whispered about, or even loudly discussed, ever since Allen’s started writing and directing his own films. And that thing is, the fact that you never see black people in his movies.
And considering that most of his films have been set in New York, one of the most racially diverse cities on the entire planet, how is it that black people are virtually non-existent in his films?
Well that’s not entirely true. There have been a few exceptions. There was Sonia Rolland playing Josephine Baker in “Midnight in Paris,” although she was basically relegated to the background, as an extra with no lines. And there was Hazelle Goodman in his 1997 film “Deconstructing Harry,” playing… take a guess, a prostitute but of course.
And that’s about as much as I can come up with.
So what’s the problem? Why hasn’t Allen had black actors in his films?
Well, he was just recently asked that question in a profile about him, in the New York Observer (HERE). When asked why black actors haven’t appeared in his films, the writer of the piece states that Allen was “horrified” when the subject was brought up.
But Allen has his reasons. It’s very simple. According to the filmmaker: “Not unless I write a story that requires it. You don’t hire people based on race. You hire people based on who is correct for the part. The implication is that I’m deliberately not hiring black actors, which is stupid. I cast only what’s right for the part. Race, friendship means nothing to me except who is right for the part.”
O.K. you want to run that by me again. Talk about contradictory. He doesn’t hire a black actor unless the story requires it but at the same time he doesn’t hire based on race. HUH? I’ve read it a few times already and still doesn’t make sense.
But not to fear because Allen is friends with both Chris Rock, who he once took out to dinner in Rome and Spike Lee “I’m friendly with Spike Lee. We don’t socialize, but I don’t socialize with anyone.” There’s a punchline: “I don’t have white friends either.”
Oh that Woody. Always good for a laugh.
So what do you say about this or you really don’t care? Or is Allen really being upfront and honest about how many filmmakers think. That is unless the part actually calls for a black or POC actor it’s not even on their wavelength. That should not be really surprise anyone should it?
The message is basically if you’re a black actor don’t bother showing up at any casting calls for Allen’s movie. But hey, Tyler is still hiring.
I hate when I see “officer dies” in a news headline like we supposed to feel sad about that. like we supposed to mourn them in some way. all the innocent ppl cops kill don’t get no fuckin headlines. they don’t get no articles in nobody paper about all the good they’ve done. they families don’t get justice. so fuck allat, forreal.
celebrities that get more shit than they should:
- nicki minaj
- miley cyrus
- lindsay lohan
- taylor swift
celebrities that don’t get enough shit:
- justin bieber
- nash grier
- justin bieber
notice how the first list is all women leading the industry. notice how the second list is two teenage boys who think they run shit but they’re hurting people.
has a muslim man ever played abraham lincoln
has an aboriginal woman ever played elizabeth I
has a black man ever played george washington
has a turkish woman ever played eleanor of aquitaine
then why the fuck would you get the whitest white men to play Ramesses II and Moses
This proverb exists in different forms in many parts of Africa
"Until lions have their own historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter" (Igbo, Nigeria).
"Until lions start writing down their own stories, the hunters will always be the heroes" (Kenya and Zimbabwe).
Black/African history has always being taught/told from the perspective of White American/European colonisers. We need to reclaim our history and culture. No more white African Queens, Kings and Gods, there needs to be a true representation of African history and culture in the media.(via beautiesofafrique)