I have always felt that the self-inflicted ghettoization by minority filmmakers, gay filmmakers, comedians, female filmmakers etc. fuels that very thing that they oppose: marginalization.
What I mean is this: I totally understand that oneís sexuality or ethnicity defines their lives (to some extent). But the most important thing as storytellers is to tell a compelling story, and if that story sucks it shouldnít get a free pass just because it was made with good intentions. I even question the intentions at this point .Take Valeria Lusielli, a Mexican writer who almost exclusively writes about immigration. She has taken on the mantel of ďmigrant writerĒ but is white, the daughter of diplomats, studied in private schools and lives in New York. Isnít that cultural appropriation too?? What does she know about indigenous migrants that I donít just by spending a year doing heavy on-the-field research?
This is going to be an unfocused ramble because itís early and I ran out of coffee - but I really like it when people step outside of their skin, literally and figuratively. Thereís a wonderful news report about a young, poor black man who somehow fell in love with Italian Opera and has decided that his dream is to become an Opera singer. Hell yeah!
You can find emotion and humanity in anything and thatís exactly why we do what we do- to live vicariously through others; to connect; to quench our curiosity.
Shakespeare never traveled outside of England- and yet he wrote about Denmark, Italy, Ancient Greece etc better than most historians.
Imagine if Shakespeare were alive today and he decided to focus on his experience as a working class writer in Stratford on Avon: 30 plays of Elizabethan kitchen sink drama void of imagination .
Point is: itís on the artist to subvert his or her own stereotype. If youíre a black man, why not make a KICK ASS movie about entitled white pricks on wall st ??
And if youíre a white woman, why not make a KICK ASS movie about black teenagers in 1960s Detroit?
Isnít that exactly how people get over these societal/racial barriers? By putting themselves in ďthe otherísĒ shoes?
Originally Posted by GucciGhostXXX
Ha! 1,000,000% agree!
Inclusion is not REAL inclusion if you're only allowed to play your mutha-fukkin stereotype. WHAT???
For example: Idris Elba IS the modern day Bond. Period! And don't make it racial. Do not mention his race through the entire movie. And no... "How do we make him do BLACK sh!t." That would be actual progress.
Do you meet a black executive (not that I ever have) and discuss their blackness? NO! It's irrelevant. Same reason I HATED Black Panther (seriously? Black people chucking spears... again? No!).
No apologies for my position on this....