Another Nomination For The Double Standards And Hypocrisy Hall of Fame…

The nomination isn’t for the actress above, exactly, but for the progressive, race-obsessed, anti-white Hollywood culture that she is part of. That’s Ana de Armas, and she’s Cuban, not that there’s anything wrong with that. She’s been cast as Marilyn Monroe in a new Netflix movie, not that there should be anything wrong with that, either.

“I do want to play Latina. But I don’t want to put a basket of fruit on my head every single time,” she told the media. “So that’s my hope, that I can show that we can do anything if we’re given the time to prepare, and if we’re given just the chance, just the chance,’ she added. ‘You can do any film — Blonde — you can do anything.”

Got it. She can do anything, and other Hispanic performers can do anything, but white performers—you know, like Marilyn Monroe, can’t. If a white actress plays someone like Ana de Armas, that’s “whitewashing,” and taking away a role from a minority actress. Systemic racism. But if an actress “of color” is cast to play the white-as-you-can-get Marilyn, that’s great. It’s just a matter of whether actress can do the job.

White voice actors, like those on “The Simpsons,” have been bullied into accepting the political correctness edict that they can’t even provide voices to animated characters who aren’t “white like them.” Tom Hanks, once a sensible sort, recently said that non-gay actors shouldn’t play gay characters in films. Of course, gay actors play non-gay characters all the time.

It would be admirable if de Armas had the guts and integrity to point out that casting opportunities should be equally applied to all performers, but that’s asking too much, apparently. I would still like someone to ask her how she reconciles her “we can do anything if we’re given just the chance” ethos with the current double standards/

There is no conceivable description of these “rules” other than discrimination, and the justification for it, ironically, is “equity, diversity and inclusion.” This is an indefensible double standard, and if white (and non-gay) performers put up with it, they deserve to lose parts, income, and careers.

They will have already lost all self-respect.

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Pointer: Other Bill

11 thoughts on “Another Nomination For The Double Standards And Hypocrisy Hall of Fame…

  1. If it weren’t for double standards, leftists would have no standards at all. (But we’ve heard that before.)

    Thanks to you, Jack, and OB for pointing us to this recurring entertainment hypocrisy yet one more time.

    Speaking of which, Jack (since you’re plugged into the world of theater), I’m a relative newcomer here, so I don’t know if you addressed any issues between Actors Equity and the Hamilton producers who basically said, in an employment ad in NYC, that whites need not apply. If you’ve addressed it, please point me to the appropriate location.

    Thanks,

    MB

    • I didn’t, because there’s nothing unethical or discriminatory about it. The playwright wrote the characters and conceived of the show as consistent with an all “cast of color” concept; it was valid, and it worked. White performers aren’t permitted by contract in most of the roles in “Porgy and Bess” either. It’s more ethical to openly say, “Don’t bother auditioning if you’re white” than to not state it but only cast blacks, islanders and Hispanics. I’ve never heard of a law suit based on a director’s racial or ethnic choices one way or the other, and I don’t think one could prevail.

  2. I think we’ve raised recent generations to have their primary “sharing” arsenal consist solely of turn-taking, at the expense of collaboration, cooperation, consensus and compromise. As an overly simplified example, I’ll say that instead of teaching kids how to invent games that let more than one child have fun with only one toy, we’ve taught them only to “take turns.”

    Turn-taking implies limited resources (zero-sum game). And it always leads to people trying to finagle a longer turn (if it’s my turn to ride the bike, I’m going to make sure I’m 3 blocks away when my turn ends so I can ride it longer). Also leads to a “I can do whatever I want when it’s my turn” thought process: If I give the bike a flat tire and you have to spend your turn fixing it – so what? And turn-taking is an entitlement mentality: everyone is entitled to a turn.

    I started thinking about this when commenters pointed out the other day that the democrats only have a two-year window to pass their desired legislation: i.e. their “turn” is about to end, and they can do whatever they want while it’s their turn. But it fits here, too. The reason that “actors of color” can play white roles, but not vice-versa, is because it is “their turn.”

    The reason it was okay to only consider black women as Supreme Court nominees is because it is “their turn.” And the reason it is okay to oppress white men? Well, it’s their turn to be oppressed. There’s no motivation to do better or be better. No need to learn from what it felt like to be oppressed and work to not do that to someone else. When it’s “your turn” to be on top, you need to make the most of it.

    It’s not all gloom and doom. There are some people who don’t see everything as zero-sum (say what you will about Hamilton, but Lin Manuel Miranda wanted more roles for actors of color so he wrote them). And turn-taking is still a valuable childhood lesson. I’m happy to stand in line at the grocery check-out if it means I don’t have to elbow my way through a crowd to get to the cash register.

    But not every resource or asset is appropriately divided by taking turns – and it’s unethical to treat them as if they are.

  3. I can think of some times when guilt by association fits, but, this ain’t one of them. And, that’s aside from the fact that “The Daily Mail” is not exactly trustworthy. In this case, at least, the report seems pretty straightforward.
    Ana said that (as an actor) “We can do anything.”
    That’s a sin? How? Oh, yeah, she didn’t simultaneously denounce Hollywood’s wokeness.
    Okay, I can accept that some, by occupation, or predisposition, or endorphin deficiency, are compelled continuously to seek out ways to be offended and angered, a ‘casus belli’.
    But, here?
    Ana’s talking about the opportunity she has as a Cuban to play a white character, and, she says, that’s what actors do. They play the part. Heck, irrevalent, but looks to me that she’s a white Hispanic anyway.
    If a black can play Hamilton, and if the director can be praised for casting by race to suit an artistic notion, then there is no legitimate reason to criticize Ana.

    • You don’t see the obvious disconnect here? Who is “we”? It isn’t all actors. It’s a double standard by color. Ethics requires one rejecting unfair and unjust practices that harm others even if they benefit you. Did you read the post? Here, I’ll quote the key part: “Got it. She can do anything, and other Hispanic performers can do anything, but white performers—you know, like Marilyn Monroe, can’t. If a white actress plays someone like Ana de Armas, that’s “whitewashing,” and taking away a role from a minority actress. Systemic racism. But if an actress “of color” is cast to play the white-as-you-can-get Marilyn, that’s great. It’s just a matter of whether actress can do the job.”

      Of course she’s right about the way it should be for all actors, but she knows damn well that it isn’t that way for all actors. So she shouldn’t pretend it is. I have no problem with Tom Jefferson saying that liberty is an unalienable right, but if he says it while he’s keeping slaves, then he’s a hypocrite.

  4. I just saw an audition notice go up for Herr Schultz in Cabaret locally, which specifically requested a male-presenting, Jewish actor for the role. So you have to be the same religion as the role, but gender is optional. The world is upside-down.

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