“The second one, where Benedict Cumberbatch played Khan, I thought was unfortunate. Benedict Cumberbatch is a wonderful actor. I love everything that he’s done, but if he was going to be playing that character, J.J. should have made him an original character that’s singular to him. Because the Khan character first appeared in our TV series, “Space Seed,” and Ricardo Montalban was sensational in our second movie – he was the title character, The Wrath of Khan, you know! The other thought that Gene Roddenberry always had in the back of his mind — and that was his philosophy — was to embrace the diversity of this planet. Khan was created as East Indian character. The name is East Indian. We needed a big-name star who was a wonderful actor as well. Ricardo is Latino, but he brought his spectacular charisma and made Khan a singular, iconic character. It’s really owned by Ricardo Montalban, and to cast a white, British, wonderful actor, and name that character Khan, is really not understanding Gene Roddenberry’s philosophy. But I enjoyed the action-adventure parts of the second movie, Into Darkness.”
— -George Takei absolutely nailing discussion of whitewashing
George Takei is awesome, okay. I really, really love how he presented this by centering the issue on whitewashing, not Benedict Cumberbatch (who wasn’t even told what character he would be playing when he signed the movie contract). I don’t particularly consider myself a BC fan - though so far I’ve enjoyed what little work of his I’ve seen - but I was pretty disturbed by how the dialogue back then tended to be split between people either being horrifyingly racist, or wantonly trashing BC under the guise of attacking racism, in a way that only riled up his fans and derailed the discussions - by ironically diverting attention away from the race issue they were allegedly concerned about, and onto the apparently pressing question of whether or not some white guy had an ugly face and stupid name.
tl;dr George Takei = <3
…I also realise that this blog has featured a disproportionate amount of Star Trek actors. I will aim for greater diversity in future. >_>
I take no solace or joy in this man’s passing. We will not dance upon his grave, nor stand vigil at his funeral holding “God Hates Freds” signs, tempting as it may be.
He was a tormented soul, who tormented so many. Hate never wins out in the end. It instead goes always to its lonely, dusty end."
(on the news that Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps is dying)
"Some people are displeased that Rayon, in particular, is just another trans sex worker role; another trans addict; another "mystical adviser/comic relief." And another role where the trans person is punished in the end. Those are indeed overrepresented portrayals, and there should be more balance — soon!
But I have known people like Rayon. She is not a made-up grab bag of random hateful attributes. She’s a portrayal of an uncomfortable segment of the trans experience that a few TLGB folks would rather be erased rather than discussed. I think many of the haters hate Rayon because she isn’t beautiful, she isn’t passable, she isn’t gender-binary, she isn’t 2014-political. And when I see that elitist hypocrisy, I’m inclined to push back.
It’s hard being trans, even more so in the era and circumstances of Dallas Buyers Club. I’ve known plenty of trans sex workers, self-medicators, wise teachers, hilarious weirdos, and people taken before their time due to violence and lack of health care. I’ve known trans people very much like Rayon, and maybe if some people got up from their remote activism -devices (computer screens and smartphones) and left their ivory towers and privilege bubbles, they’d meet a few people like Rayon face-to-face too.
Then they could see that a human portrayal of this real segment of the trans community is a good thing, even if it’s by a non-trans person.”
- Calpernia Addams
(From 2009) Morgan Freeman was disappointed to learn that his local high school in Charleston, Miss., still held separate proms, one for black students, one for white. So he offered to pay for a single prom that both could attend.