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  •  You're not reading into it (10+ / 0-)

    too much. Not at all.

    I was saying just yesterday in another thread that my 13 year old (black) daughter is a huge fan of mainstream films/TV shows/games. These are the posters/characters that decorate her walls;

    Luke Skywalker
    Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker
    Percy Jackson
    Harry Potter
    Ron Weasley
    Indiana Jones
    Jimmy Neutron
    Gordon Freeman

    There are no black women on her walls because black women never get to save the world or play the lead action hero or be part of anything geeky. I hope she will continue to see herself as the hero and the lead but sometimes I worry. A bold and crazy film maker could come up with the most awesome female badass hero as the lead character tomorrow but how much money will it make?

    Exactly. People aren't willing to risk losing money on a film with a black female version of Indiana Jones. Mainstream America will interpret it as a "black film", it will be marginalized and no one will see it.

    The normalization of white (and male) is a huge problem in our world. Getting back to The Walking Dead (of which my daughter is the BIGGEST fan), I don't like how the woman was used as a breeder and experiment and then killed off. It's the same with the Star Wars story; a woman is given a big enough role in that so she can give birth and conveniently die and then be out of the way for her children and their faaaathaahhh to take over the story.

    Anybody who claims that there's nothing wrong with white straight men dominating Hollywood is usually a white straight man. Women, blacks, gays, etc have had a really tough time in Hollywood. Look what Bruce Lee had to go through to break his way into film in the USA.

    "It's not enough to acknowledge privilege. You have to resist." -soothsayer

    by GenXangster on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 03:11:08 AM PST

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    •  Get her into Avatar. (0+ / 0-)

      The second series, Legend of Korra, is very popular and stars a young woman of color (heritage loosely based on Inuits.)

      Is this just math that you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better?

      by ConfusedSkyes on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 06:49:55 AM PST

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    •  Show her Strange Days since she's into (0+ / 0-)

      science fiction. Angela Bassett plays an awesome character in it. She's not the lead--Ralph Fiennes is--but she's the female lead role and she's heroic and a very active agent in her fate and the movie plot. I'm not a WoC, so there may be stereotypical aspects to her portrayal that I didn't pick up on, but from my perspective she's one of the best black female characters in a movie.

    •  Oh, and Firefly! (0+ / 0-)

      I actually have a LOT of issues with Firefly, but Zoe is another decent black female action character. And unlike Strange Days, if your daughter gets into Firefly, she can actually find Zoe art.

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