leeandlow submitted to medievalpoc:
The Diversity Gap in the highest grossing science fiction and fantasy films. Sad, right? You can see the full study here.
from the infographic:
Among the top 100 domestic grossing films:
- only 8% of films star a protagonist of color
- of the 8 protagonists of color, all are men; 6 are played by Will Smith and 1 is a cartoon character (Aladdin)
- 0% of protagonists are women of color
- 0% of protagonists are LGBTQ
- 1% of protagonists are people with a disability
Lee & Low interviewed me about racebending as part of understanding this infographic.
Very sad that Medievalpoc got so much backlash simply for sharing this image.
There are zero women of color protagonists. ZERO.
That is a disgrace
How is it that in a film whose premise rests on the idea of reimagining the past, present and future, we still end up with a blonde white woman with flashing blue eyes as the stand-in for what personifies evolution and supremely fulfilled human potential? At one point the Ape-like Lucy and Evolved Lucy meet face-to-face as Evolved Lucy does a bit of time-traveling. Their fingers touch, and we see them deliberately posed to mimic the famous Creation of Adam painting, and in that moment I saw what I suppose we were supposed to see: humanity at its beginning, and then humanity at its end, at its most perfect. Blonde, white and blue-eyed.
I can’t accept that. I can’t accept that there was only one black woman in the entire film, who delivered one line and who we never saw again. I can’t accept that the bad guys were Asian and that although in China, Lucy’s roommate says, “I mean, who speaks Chinese? I don’t speak Chinese!” I can’t accept that in Hercules, which I also saw this weekend, there were no people of color except for Dwayne Johnson himself and his mixed-race wife, whose skin was almost alabaster. I can’t accept that she got maybe two lines and was then murdered. I can’t accept that the “primitive tribe” in Hercules consisted of dark-haired men painted heavily, blackish green, to give their skin (head-to-toe) a darker appearance, so the audience could easily differentiate between good and bad guys by the white vs. dark skin. I can’t accept that during the previews, Exodus: Gods and Kings, a story about Moses leading the Israelite slaves out of Egypt, where not a single person of color is represented, casts Sigourney Weaver and Joel Edgerton to play Egyptians. I can’t accept that in the preview for Kingsman: The Secret Service, which takes place in London, features a cast of white boys and not a single person of Indian descent, which make up the largest non-white ethnic group in London. I can’t accept that in stories about the end of the world and the apocalypse, that somehow only white people survive. I can’t accept that while my daily life is filled with black and brown women, they are completely absent, erased, when I look at a TV or movie screen.
Rp from @afeministlens These are the trends I am gonna be working on avoiding all up through into 2015. #femmefashiontips #stopshaming
Bringing together images for this toolkit including this one “I don’t know what my son’s sexual orientation is going to be and because I don’t know, I am about the business of creating a world where he can express himself in ways that are healthy and where he is safe to be who he is. ” The image is of Junior Burchall and his son Amari. It goes on to say ‘What if someone you love was denied access to employment, housing, or public services because of their sexual orientation? Bermuda’s current Human Rights act would not protect them from such discrimination. It’s time to include.#queer #black #african #caribbean #allyship #thepeopleprojectto #juniorburchall #publicintellectual #homeschooler
Gazing at @charmacita ‘s beautiful face and contribution from @vivekshraya ‘s #whatiloveaboutbeingqueer while working with @johncaffery & Kusha to update #thepeopleprojectto’s previous Pro Homo toolkit hosted by @artreachtoronto. It needed to be expanded as our collective knowledge expanded and now we are calling it Kaleidoscope a contribution from @mastress_kiley_may to reflect the infinite possibilities of us. #queer #trans #2spirit #kaleidoscope #torontoartscouncil #toronto #lgbtq #turtleisland
Rp from @afeministlens Injustice anywhere threatens justice everywhere. #freepalestine
#stonewall45 #queernyc #transnyc #nyc #femmesinfitteds #femme Grateful everyday for the life saving work done by my Trans & Queer elders who have made it possible for us to be here.
Tagging along behind the boys @chase7512 & @mrmilan714 as we head down #Christopherstreet to the pier for their 90s inspired shoot #transnyc #queernyc
Nona Hendryx just sang at my husband @mrmilan714 to never leave me. #lifegoalsachieved