Idris Elba As The Possible New James Bond Is Associated With Blackwashing, That's Not A Thing
10 de agosto de 2018Ariel Rodriguez
Blackwashing is not and can never be a thing. Why? Because if it were, it would be due to reverse racism, and we all know that doesn't exist either. Think about Idris Elba as James Bond, for example.
Since Daniel Craig declared he was done with playing James Bond, a lot of rumors about other actors taking the legendary character started to spark. Perhaps the most sounded back there was Tom Hiddleston who assured that no one had approached him on the matter but had could be a part he’d like to interpret. Well, as we know, Craig, later on, said he had spoken in an outburst and that he would return to one more film but who will take the torch? For years the rumor of Idris Elba being a great candidate has been around sparking all sorts of opinions. On the one hand, there are tons who believe he has all it takes to renovate the famous 007, while others with really lame postures rhetorically claim that why should a black person interpret a clearly white character. Throughout the Internet, a lot of these people have been talking about something they call blackwashing (which has been applied to the case of Elba as Bond) and trying to make it a thing. Spoiler alert it’s not and this is why.
Hunger Games (2012)
Fantastic Four (2015)
Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017)
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Troy: Fall of a City (
Anna and the King of Siam (1946)
Black Narcissus (1947)
The House of the Spirits (1993)
Batman Begins (2005)
30 Days of Night (2007)
Dragon Ball Evolution (2009)
The Last Airbender (2010)
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)
The Big Wedding (2013)
Exodus: Gods and Knights (2014)
Doctor Strange (2016)
Death Note (2017)
Accusations of blackwashing usually happen when a book, comic, or video game is adapted into a film (or there's a remake) and its fanbase feels offended by the director's casting decisions. But it can even happen with plays, like when Harry Potter and the Cursed Child announced they would cast a black actress as Hermione; some fans weren't happy, but J.K. Rowling herself spoke out to defend the casting decision. It's important to cast actors of color that represent the place and race of the characters because movies are the screen in which the world sees itself. Plus, it's important to see heroic and brave images of characters of color, so everyone has a role model to follow and a hero of their own race. For a very long time, Latinos and black people were only cast as thugs and criminals, and this created negative cultural stereotypes around the world. So, there's nothing wrong about giving a white role to a person of color, since it promotes diversity and and contributes to better representation in film. People doubted about casting a woman as the new doctor in Doctor Who, and it's actually shouting a lot of mouths just as I know Idris Elba as James Bond will if the rumors are true.
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