The casting for the movie adaptation of the terrible '80s entertainment property Jem and the Holograms* was announced a while back. It caused some anger and lots of stress for black women. Unfortunately for the sistahs, a small supporting character in Jem was black in the original cartoon. They cast an "awfully light" (their words) actress to play a black girl. Oh damn, the sisters are angry. The extra kicker is that Aurora is half black, so we once again see a mixed race black taking a spot that would be set for a black, but goddamn, these mixed kids keep stealing their spots. She is the daughter of the actor who played incredibly annoying "Michael" from LOST and his white wife.
The irony of this small bit of casting is that these sisters do not see the flip side of this. If any white were to be angry over a black actress taking a role that had been set up as white decades or iterations ago, they would be laughed at by the media and smeared as racist or unhip. Do these black ladies not remember the following?
Denzel in Pelican Brief
Idris Elba as Norse God Thor
Sam Jackson as Nick Fury
Wesley Snipes in Rising Sun
Jaden Smith as the Karate Kid
I could go on and on. Honestly, these insertions are worse because the context and the incredibly small slice of America that is black America. The Annie reboot had a black girl getting adopted by a rich black guy. That set up alone clued me in on it being fiction. Denzel played Gary Grantham, a reporter who busts wide open an environmental case involving dead Supreme Court Justices. The black guy in Thor was playing a comic book version of a Norse god. Nick Fury was white since the dawn of his time in Marvel. Rising Sun's lead was a cop named Peter Smith who was attempting to learn Japanese during the book. Snipes got cast. Jaden Smith as the Karate Kid, c'mon man.
These are leads in most cases and reboots of well known properties. Black women sad over some not super black actress being cast as the third level side kick in a terrible '80s cartoon adaptation is hysterical. It is a crappy movie. Apply your Af-Am studies degree language elsewhere. Clean up your community. Are there bigger concerns for blacks right now? Are there no socioeconomic issues to address that your wisdom could help? Is there a jump in murders in your matrilineal and matrilocal communities? Leadership means leading, not just the leadership level paycheck.
This casting is nepotism, ladies. It also is a product of that black status thing. Maybe if Harold Perrineau had married a black woman instead of needing his "Mom, look! I made it!" white wife, little Auroroa would look dark enough for all y'all. If Brazilification continues sisters, this is going to be more and more the norm. Just be thankful they did not make your precious sidekick Hispanic and substitute in a white little Latina.
*Jem was terrible but my sister was a fan so I knew of it. Jem's storyline was ripped off for the Hannah Montana live action show. The only thing good about Jem was the theme song, which is weirdly sung in a sexy, sultry manner.