My favorite quote from the article (for those of you who don't feel like reading the whole thing):
[quote]Temuera Morrison, the actor who plays Jango, is a New Zealander of Maori descent. But that didn't get in the way of some members of an eight-person Detroit News panel assembled to review the film.
Â*Â*Â*"He looked totally Latino," says Martina Guzman, a Detroiter who's managing a State House election campaign.
Â*Â*Â*"And his kid," says Wayne State history professor Jose Cuello, referring to the young Boba Fett, "looked even more Latino." <hr></blockquote>
LOOKED? Isn't it weird that a group concerned with racism and stereotypes are, themselves, going solely by looks/appearances?
Here's what's REALLY funny: Jimmy Smits, an ACTUAL Latino (and obviously a "sellout to his people", right?), doesn't seem to be mentioned anywhere, good or bad.
Instead, let's bitch about a character who LOOKS Hispanic. Makes sense...
You're damned if you do, damned if you don't.
If Lucas made a movie with all mainstream caucasion actors (with EVERYONE looking like Harrison Ford, Ewan McGregor, Jake Lloyd, etc.), people would bitch about the "lack of diversity in Lucas's universe...".
THEN, you cast people in MAJOR, pivotal (and coveted) roles who aren't white, and the very same people bitch even more!
What the hell do you want?!?! Again, I'm even further convinced that some people simply wake up every single morning of their lives, looking, and expecting, to be offended. That's their whole reason to exist, it seems. Then they can get on a soapbox or pulpit, grab a little media attention, feel aligned with something bigger than themselves, etc.
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