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Diversity – Again!

Posted in International by Karthick RM on November 23, 2017

As far as diversity goes, I find movies like Baywatch, Fate of the Furious, Central Intelligence, Ocean’s Eleven etc a lot more genuine, down to earth in their approach to race and representation. While ‘people of color’ are given key, even lead roles to play, its not an in-your-face sort of cynical gesture towards diversity. The colors of the human community are a given fact in such movies, neither frivolously celebrated nor condescendingly patronized. On the other hand, politically correct crap reaches its nadir in Superhero movies, especially the Marvel ones where you know that the inclusive gestures are just calculated market strategies to reach out to a growing non-White audience (much like the decision of Barbie to manufacture faceless dolls in hijabs). Funniest among all of this was to see Idris Elba thrown at us as a Norse god in the Thor series. The argument for this was that when Ben Kingsley could play Gandhi why not this? The counter-argument would be to suggest that a ‘person of color’ be cast as Himmler, or even Hitler, in a future movie on the Nazis. Why not? To deny that POCs can be evil is also a sort of race fetishization. And if history and myth can be re-written to suit fragile postmodern senses, one must give full scope to the several ridiculous manners in which representations can be made.

On a more poignant note, the highest subversive point of the Hollywood multiculti left will be when they let a Black man play the role of Batman. That is what we need the most in the Trump era.

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