“Mr. Sulu, remind me to never piss you off…”
i’m scared, spock. help me not to be.
i know sulu is obviously the coolest guy on the enterprise and all but seriously, in the new movie? HE WAS SUPER SUPER COOL. DEFINITELY THE COOLEST.
science blue, engineering red, and command yellow
Just FYI Khan was supposed to be from northern India and yet he was played by Ricardo Mantelban who spoke with a Latino accent so it’s not like they got his race right the first time either (ﾉ´ヮ´)ﾉ*:･ﾟ✧
A) There were immigration restrictions on Asians during the fifties/sixties. This means it is entirely possible that they may not have actually been able to find an Indian actor to play the role.I can’t find the source where I originally read this, so never mind. If anyone has a link please let me know so I can have all my receipts.
B) So yeah, they fucked up in the 60s. But there’s this magical thing called progress, which means that by now we should be able to get it right. There is no dearth of brown actors in this day and age. There is no lack of great Indian actors. There are many who have the acting chops and are of the right race to play Khan.
C) At least Montalban was a POC playing a POC. There is a major distinction between that and a white person playing a POC.
D) Cumberbatch is a white man playing a POC. There are already so few roles which are written/given to POC and the number has now been significantly lessened.
E) Khan was genetically engineered to be a better human. He’s stronger, smarter, faster than any other human, including the white male protagonist. He was genetically superior to all others. And he was a POC. This, written in the 60s, was earth-shatteringly progressive. It is still progressive today, as most heroes are still white. Having such a vital character taken from the ranks of great roles for POC (of which there are very few) is incredibly upsetting and problematic.
F) Usually when POC are cast as villains they are thuggish, dull, and ineffective. Khan was none of these things. He was sympathetic. He was complex. The role of Khan is a great one and it is absolutely important that he was specifically written to be a POC.
G) Star Trek was ground-breaking for providing major roles for POC actors in a time when there were few. Uhura and Sulu, a black woman and an Asian man, were main characters. Martin Luther King Jr actually spoke with Nichelle Nichols and asked her to remain on the show when she wanted to leave because of how important it was that there was a prominent black female character on television. Star Trek was a show about racial progress in the media. It was about moving forward. Casting Cumberbatch as a character who should be played by a POC is a step backwards.
H) There’s some really gross history between India and Britain, which adds to how problematic it is that a British actor was chosen to play an Indian character. So not only has Khan been whitewashed, he’s been whitewashed in an historically despicable way.
I) Stark Trek: Into Darkness was distributed by Paramount Pictures, the same studio responsible for whitewashing the Avatar: The Last Airbender movie adaptation.
Representation is important and it is incredibly hurtful that so many people do not see how important Khan as a character of color is.
representation is important
Star Trek - Leonard McCoy (2013)
They look like marines. I’m not all that comfortable with that.
I am flipping out with glee because this makes me think Mirror!Verse which is just alksjklflsf *clawsface*
GDI Karl your face;;;
You lot do know what starfleet actually is?
condescension is my favorite~ (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:･ﾟ✧
Why does there have to be arguing about racism in Star Trek
Seriously can’t we just realize that hey maybe they should pick an actor based on their TALENT and not their SKIN COLOR and just enjoy the movie
Because if Hollywood picked actors based on talent rather than skin color, a POC leading man or lady wouldn’t be the rarest fucking thing on the planet. Like, do you get how asinine of a statement that is? For example, Uhura is black. It was a tremendously important role for POC in the sixties, and more than that, it informs the character. It’s part of her background, and in this continuity especially - which is literally, biologically identical to the prime continuity, and only branches because of the events of the 2009 film - it’s important to remain true to the original vision. Uhura is black, and so they cast a black actress. It’s not that fucking hard.
Khan’s background informs him even moreso than Uhura’s, and given the film’s own continuity, the only excuse for casting the whitest man that has ever graced the screen is pure, undiluted whitewashing. It’s not about talent, okay? You don’t think there aren’t a thousand Indian or even POC actors out there that could have performed circles around Benedict’s cold, dispassionate interpretation - which, by the way, lacked all the subtlety and charisma that is so defining of Khan as a character? You don’t think it’s a PROBLEM when skin color is only overlooked IN FAVOR OF white people?
That attitude is what privilege looks like.
No, it’s not okay.
This is not the future Gene Roddenberry slaved to create.
“I believe in you.”