Whatever happened to just casting blind. Whoever was best for the role got it. See a chunk of Brit TV and uh...Grey's Anatomy (which gave us the trifecta of awesome that is Sandra Oh, Chandra Wilson and Sara Ramirez).
Speaking of Ramirez. Was there much in the way of controversy when she played what's essentially the pastiest/whitest woman on the planet in Spamalot? Or does she get a pass because it's Spamalot?
And why is there anger over the casting in Avatar (I know I was annoyed. Need some little wushu-trained kids in there!) but people were totally behind the fellow from Community playing Spider-man? Is it because Shylaman's "blind casting" excuse was so ridiculously blatantly a lie?
And I say this as someone who WAS angry about the Avatar casting and supportive of the Spider-Man casting. I mean if we're supposed to be moving towards a post-racial all cultures are our culture world how do we stomach the inherent hypocrisy of that?
Has the late hour just made me obtuse and offensive?
A colorblind society might be the long term goal (Is it really? I'd go for something more along the lines of a society where all cultures are equally respected and every person is free to pick and choose what aspects of these they identify with - is that the same thing?), but it's not here yet, and acting like it is can be very destructive imo - the odds are still stacked.