Why I have opened the window!

Amerykah has turned a corner and we should all turn with it. I have thoughts ideas and suggestions but I also have patience and desire for us to be whole and one. I have been speaking a lot lately of the human condition and the generations of Black Americans. i will entertain any and all conversation as long as we can be respectful and grown up. Let the healing begin......

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Twilight's Wolf Pack is culturally correct!

Earlier this month I posted a blog about getting actual Iranians to play a Persian character in the upcoming “Prince of Persia” movie. Well today Sci-Fi Wire released news that the upcoming sequel to “Twilight” the teenage vampire love story “New Moon” has added a group of Native Americans to the cast.

Hollywood has a long history of placing white actors in roles as other minorities which kind of require us the audience to buy into the fantasy. As a black man who thinks there is an entire stable of black actors that are highly underused and underrated I have never understood this practice.

In the movie the new cast members Chaske Spencer, Bronson Pelletier, Alex Meraz, Kiowa Gordon and Tyson Houseman along with Taylor Lautner from the first movie play the wolf pack, part of the tribe of Native Americans that lives in Forks, Washington. While the werewolf aspect of the story is only hinted at in the first story, it takes center stage in the second with the wolf pack siding with humans against a group of evil vampires.

I applaud Summit Entertainment for their choice and I for me personally this might be a deciding factor in me actually going to see the movie and not just reading about it online.


Anonymous said...

hey...i just discovered your blog and im absolutely adoring it...
and im glad that native americans are getting proper treatment in the new twilight movie because they are the most underrepresented in america

however theres the whole 'avatar: the last airbender' thing as well...a series created based off of asian asthetics, traditions and ideals thats being turned into a movie with an all white cast...plust there was this incredibly insensitive quote by jackson rathbone of twilight (jasper) saying that it was no big deal and it was all a matter of a ponytail and getting a tan...seriously?
keep up the good work...ill link you on my blog once i get it back up


Anonymous said...

and replacing jesse mccartney with dev patel from slumdog millionaire as prince zuko just isnt enough