I’m somebody who’s picked up a comic book in the past 20+ years.
Luke Cage from the start of his publication has been portrayed as a brown/dark skinned, 4c Afro having man:
Now you finna tell me that this light skinned half-Black almost white passing guy is going to play the character shown above:
Now I personally adore Dwayne Johnson, brutha is FINE (oh dear god is that a peak of pubic hair in the last picture jesus be a biscuit and sop me up), however he should not be playing Luke Cage AT ALL. He is an acceptable non-threatening choice to appease white people who may not be willing to accept a character like Luke Cage. It’s a cop out, it’s erasing dark skinned Black folks out of media AGAIN, and I don’t fucking like it.
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Naw. Michael Jai White is a much better choice than Dwayne Johnson.
Actually Dwayne Johnson is half-black, half-Polynesian.
And, wait, are we seriously, SERIOUSLY arguing over whether or not an actor is “black enough?”
So, apparently a white British guy can play an ethnically Indian character, but a GENETICALLY BLACK actor can’t play ANOTHER black character because his skin doesn’t have the right amount of melanin?
…..yeah, that makes sense, tumblr.
I’m confused how you’re a Tumblr blogger about films and fandom and yet you seem to think literally everybody was just fine with Benedict Cumberbatch playing Khan. You actually missed the entire ongoing backlash over that?
Anyway, even if I had no familiarity with the bloggers above and had never heard of or thought about this issue before (which does happen, when privileged folks live in a bubble) I would assume just based on the fact on that the folks above are objecting to the idea of casting a lighter skinned man as Luke Cage that they were also against the casting of Benedict Cumberbatch as Khan.
But you, you basically made up an opinion that would make them hypocrites and ascribed it to them so you’d have something to shake your head about.
We know at this point that you’re scandalized about the idea that someone can be “not Black enough” to play a certain role on the screen, but the reality is that movies get cast (or in some cases, shelved) because the people making them believe that some actors/characters are “too Black” for “mainstream America”. The conversation above is calling that out and pushing back against it, and to answer your question, it doesn’t seem to have been an argument before you joined in, and no, we shouldn’t be arguing about this.
(Note: I’m kind of guessing you’re white, because of the use of phrases like “genetically Black” and not having any idea that the casting of Khan was widely, roundly, and soundly criticized. If I’m wrong, I apologize for stepping across a line here, but if I’m right, then seriously, this is not our table.)
Yeah…I didn’t know that “colorism” was a real thing.
I thought it was just a solitary case of over-reacting. And for that, I apologize.