Just Say No *Updated*
Now...I know you need a paycheck. I know you've got bills. I know you want to work out your childhood traumas with some fame therapy. And while I feel you and understand you, I still have to tell you: boo-fucking-hoo. Get over your damn selves, you shiftless attention whores.
You can't have your cake and eat it too. You can't say you want to represent your skinfolk, and then turn around and take roles your skinfolk don't want to see you in. And if you can't get decent roles, then maybe showbiz in America ain't for you. Maybe you should go to school, settle down, get a damn day job and learn to survive like the rest of us. Fuck...some of you already have a decent amount of money. Retirement at this point wouldn't kill you.
Especially since some of you are wealthy enough to bankroll your own damn films. Will and Jada showed us this when their son wanted to be a movie. They made it happen. They even got Jackie Chan to go along with that ish. So I'm not understanding why POC actors and directors can't mine the wealth of modern POC literature and create something meaningful, something powerful.
Where are your priorities? Have POC become so desperate for a Hollywood paycheck that we're willing to throw out every last shred of dignity, self-respect, and common sense? Seriously...is it worth it? Do you beam proudly when you see yourselves on the big screen? Are you still proud when fellow POC cringe in the movie theater at the sight of you? When the blogosphere's ablaze with wrath and the online new articles are having a WTF moment, are you still proud?
I'll tell you why. Because actors like Keanu don't open white minds to the aesthetics of POC. They just make white folks (most of which don't know his father is Asian and don't really want to hear that part) think "oh look...white folks can be 'exotic' too! Why cast all those 'other' people when we're already so diverse-looking?"
Kid yourselves not, children; there's a reason why we have sayings like, "They want all of the dark and none of the nigger."
I made an additional point about this on the Narrative which I need to relate here. Notice that in films, etc. where Asian-Americans are doing the writing, directing, casting and basic funding, the primary cast isn't white, nor even passe blanc. They're Asian, and unmistakably, unapologetically so. The same thing happens with black films. The same again with Latino films. Fuck...when Robert Rodriguez filmed El Mariachi for $7000 - his first film ever - he filmed that shit in Spanish and originally intended to release it Mexico only. See a pattern? Any pattern at all?