It is NOT about rejecting or minimizing anyone else's Blackness or American-ness, or descent from slavery.)
He was getting at a first principle/foundational question of authenticity.
And, yes, further scarcity of roles for African-American DACS is valid too
Is it valid for people to push back against an icon of their history, culture, & seminal ethnicity being portrayed by an outsider who condescendingly disregards representation of this history, culture & ethnicity?
She might've even looked into the data of casting non-Americans as Americans in prestige dramas. For *context*
✅ Who you? 👀 Who's on the masthead? What are you grounded in? H/t @breakingbrown
✅ What is the narrative? How is it being framed & sourced?
✅ What is being included & why?
✅ ***What is being left out & why?***
Noticing how we're systemically being replaced by other Blacks in prestige media, institutions & public discourse.
Recognizing framing and narratives.
There's a reckoning afoot.
She might've even looked into the existing research to contextualize Cynthia's allusion to lack of opportunity for Black Brit women…
And smile and nod while you spit the bones in my direction?
This is about the larger media narrative. For example…
Harriet would be "honored"? 🤔
✖️reducing people voicing valid concerns to "trolling"
✖️Missing info about Cynthia's pattern of dismissing African-American identity
✖️Abundance of info on Cynthia's achievements & potential
✖️False equivalence & various other fallacies
The piece sub-head: "The Diaspora is real."
This is a strawman. It also tells you a lot about how the article will be framed.
More of the above. It's a typical Buzzfeed tweet with captions "article", so I'll leave it there.
The article itself is about Sam Jackson's comments. Various biases and fallacies.
HOWEVER, this is a thoughtful piece worth engaging. The writer isn't a "professional writer" yet she did her homework and offers digestible UK industry insight
Rather than the film announcement illuminating the life of Harriet Tubman, the conversation is about Harriet's progeny "attacking" the (disrespectful) person who will benefit from playing her. Oh what a web we weave.
✖️Centering Cynthia, her talent & EGOT potential as the sympathetic cause
✖️Fallacious & completely ahistorical comparisons that dismiss the discrete legacy of DACS
But once again, the headline: Cynthia is centered as being "punished". No mention of her disrespect
However, positions Erivo as victim simply "caught in the crossfire." She's not.
She wasn't forced to accept role.
Nor forced to tweet/RT disrespect for DACS.
Both were choices.
Sounds truthy but isn't. Studios' financing & risk confidence, public appetite for similar projects are finite resources.
The writer touched on many social media exchanges. Very doubtful she didn't come across receipts of Cynthia's past tweets
My initial read missed major oversights by the author.
Harriet is "an influential individual of British history"?
This is what happens when you prioritize your bias over facts & honoring legacy. #HarrietDeservesBetter
"*Black* is not a shared lived experience" - @blackcowork
Read & reflect:
(I only realized on my 2nd read that my tweets are linked)
Thanks for opening up yet another avenue of conversation, @VilissaThompson.