Tuesday, December 2, 2014

JUSTICE

This list is written based on my bias, experience, and observation. This list is what is, and what has been. This list is not what has to be. I disagree with this list. I agree with this list. You will disagree with this list. You will agree.

[NB: I do not know what "white" means. The term is so general and vast that it specifies nothing. Yet we seem to feel we know what it means. "Black" is literally, equally general. Yet it seems to feel more specific.]

White person speaking English in mock English accent: Allowed.

White person speaking English in mock Irish accent: Allowed.

White person speaking English in mock Italian accent: Allowed.

White person speaking English in mock German accent: Allowed.

White person speaking English in mock Chinese accent: Not cool.

White person in media speaking English in mock Chinese accent: Not allowed.

Chinese person in media speaking English in mock English accent: Fine. Who cares.

Chinese person in media speaking English in mock German accent: Fine. We'll laugh.

Indian person in media speaking English in mock English accent: Fine. Who cares.

Indian person in media speaking English in mock Chinese accent: We'll laugh and buy tickets to his next show at Madison Square Garden.

Indian person in media speaking English in mock Indian accent: We'll laugh and buy tickets to his next show at The O2 Arena.

White person in media speaking English in mock Indian accent: Not allowed.

Chinese person speaking English in mock Japanese accent: Arguably allowed because "we're both Asian."

Japanese person speaking English in mock Korean accent: Arguably allowed because "we're both Asian."

Korean person speaking English in mock Filipino accent: Arguably allowed because "we're both Asian." But not both East Asian.

Mexican person speaking English in mock Vietnamese accent: Arguably allowed because "we're both minorities."

African-American person speaking English in mock Chinese accent: Not cool.

Chinese person speaking English in mock African-American accent: Not cool.

Chinese/Korean/Indian/Hispanic/White/etc. person speaking English in African-American accent: Peculiar but arguably allowed if there is no mockery and depending on the person's (pop-) cultural upbringing.

Chinese actor playing Korean character: Allowed.

Japanese actor playing Chinese character: Allowed.

Cambodian actor playing Thai character: Allowed.

Chinese actor playing Chinese character: Perfect.

English actor playing English character: Perfect.

English actor playing Spanish/French/Italian/Greek/Russian/etc. character: Allowed.

Asian actor playing black character on film: Not a thing.

Black actor playing Asian character on film: Does not happen.

Asian actor playing white character on film: Not really a thing. If the actor cast is Asian, then the character would be considered an Asian character/Would read as Asian-Canadian, Asian-American, etc./Will be referred to as "the Asian character"/We are happy to see an Asian in the film.

First Nations/Native American/Hispanic/Indian/Middle Eastern/etc. actor playing white character on film: See above.

Asian actor playing white character on stage (e.g. Miss Julie): We commend the progressiveness.

White actor playing Asian character on stage (e.g. The Engineer in Miss Saigon): We protest.

Asian actor playing Othello: We commend the creative casting.

Black actor playing Hamlet: We commend the progressiveness.

White actor playing Othello: No longer cool. We protest.

White actor playing First Nations/Native American/Hispanic/East Asian/Indian/Middle Eastern/etc. character on film: Greenlight.

Mixed-ethnicity actor playing any role: A whole other story/Enviable/Lou Diamond Phillips.

White cop killing unarmed white teenager: Not good.

Black cop killing unarmed black teenager: Not good.

White cop killing unarmed black teenager: Not good.

Black cop killing unarmed white teenager: Not good.

White cop killing unarmed black teenager and getting no conviction: Not good.

Black cop killing unarmed white teenager and getting no conviction: I'm sure it's happened but I can't recall. You tell me.

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