The problem is that our educational system belches out new graduates who have been indoctrinated into rigid and often absurd ideas about right and wrong, They quickly fill the culture with those ideas and their freedom-stultifying emanations. The ideas act like viruses: if you don’t diagnose them and wipe them out, our very minds are at risk.
Here is an example, by mere coincidence, concerning casting ethics, the same topic as the recent post about how some African-Americans seem to want to discriminate on the basis of skin shade, at least when it comes to casting movies. (Who knew?) I was reading Entertainment Weekly on an airplane, as I only read Entertainment Weekly on airplanes, and this whole issue (The “Batman v. Superman” issue) struck me as being written by 22 year-olds. In a review of Tina Fey’s latest bomb (“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot”—“WTF,” or What the Fuck, get it?), reviewer Leah Greenblatt wrote this…
“And its more than a little disappointing that the two major Afghan supporting roles are filled by obviously non-Afghan actors….”
Leah doesn’t bother to explain why it’s a little disappointing; she just assumes it’s obvious, as in, “What? They didn’t hire real Afghans to play Afghans? I’m outraged!” Meanwhile, a young impressionable reader who assumed that a film reviewer has some expertise in such things, would absorb this heretofore unknown standard of decency and take it as cant. Contagion! This is how the political correctness virus eats our brains.
There is no reason on earth why it is disappointing that Afghan characters were played by American actors. None. It is a nonsensical notion. This is an American movie, and professional actors in the US average less than $4,000 a year. There are enough talented actors of every ethnic background capable of playing characters of every other ethnic background. That’s why it’s called acting. What bizarre, warped, foolish notion was planted in poor Leah’s brain to suggest otherwise, who did the planting, and what was their rationale? Is it disappointing when Hamlet isn’t played by a Dane?
One of the Afghans was played by Alfred Molina (above, with Tina) a Hispanic-American actor of note. I thought we were trying to find ways to employ more Hispanic and black actors, and now I find that Afghan roles are off-limits, only to be played by all those superb, underappreciated, Afghan movie actors you see in unemployment lines and soup kitchens everywhere.
This kind of virus can’t be battled by vaccines. What has to be done is to challenge these knee-jerk, nice-sounding, facile and completely batty waste-products of leftist indoctrination and to confront them on the spot, just as Leah’s editor should have done. Shine a glaring light on it: Okay, Leah, explain why Afghan characters should be played by Afghans without sounding like a lunatic. You can’t.
You know, we don’t have to elect Donald Trump President to deal with this crap. That’s like dropping an atom bomb to cure the flu. All we have to do is to stop accepting such foolishness as worthy of deference or respect, and show the political correctness-addled that once they leave the campus echo chamber, these concepts are not only useless but culturally, creatively and intellectually destructive. Salvation is nigh once they find out that the warped view of life they have been indoctrinated into believing doesn’t work in the real world, or in this case, even in Leah’s chosen field. A film critic who thinks that characters should only be played by actors who share their fictional ethnicity! Wow.
It’s more than a little disappointing that the job of film reviewer in an entertainment magazine is filled by someone who obviously knows nothing about acting.
Oh, I forgot to mention: in the film, which is an adaptation of an autobiography, Tina Fey plays a character that was supposed to be male, gender-changing characters being one way to improve the number of female roles in Hollywood. Leah sees nothing untoward in this.
Had the character originally been a male Afghan, however, Tina would be out of luck if Leah had her way.