Superhero Diversity: What Michelle Rodriguez Gets Wrong About Hollywood Casting

Michelle Rodriguez at San Diego Comic Con 2013. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0)
Michelle Rodriguez at San Diego Comic Con 2013. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0)


(The Washington Post)—“It’s so stupid. It’s like, stop stealing all the white people’s superheroes. Make up your own, you know what I’m saying? Like, what’s up with that?” – Actress Michelle Rodriguez, to L.A. paparazzi over the weekend, in remarks that went viral (she later posted a “what I meant was” video)

Michelle Rodriquez doesn’t get it. But she doesn’t have to. Not everyone gets the comic-book thing going on in pop culture right now.

But while listening to her paparazzi-enabled denial of being involved in a Green Lantern franchise reboot, I realized that Rodriguez couldn’t give a damn about comic books and the movies inspired by them — and how their creators and guardians are trying to make them slightly more diverse than, say, the Academy Awards (which only occasionally show respect to comic-book films; see: an Oscar for Heath Ledger’s Joker performance).

So a Puerto Rican/Dominican actress is telling minorities to stop trying to “color in” white superheroes? And she’s saying that minorities should just make their own superheroes?

As Ledger’s Joker said: “Where do we begin?”




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