If you haven't read this excerpt from a recent interview by Woody Allen for the New York Observer, it goes like this:
Earlier this year, in an effort to derail Ms. Blanchett’s Oscar campaign, a couple of anonymous complaints turned up in the tabloids about Mr. Allen not using black actors. He’s horrified when I bring up the subject. We talk about the new generation of wonderful black actors like Viola Davis and wonder if they’ll ever be cast in a Woody Allen film. He doesn’t hesitate to respond: "Not unless I write a story that requires it. You don’t hire people based on race. You hire people based on who is correct for the part. The implication is that I’m deliberately not hiring black actors, which is stupid. I cast only what’s right for the part. Race, friendship means nothing to me except who is right for the part."
What Allen is really saying is that his characters - who people consider deep and layered with a multitude of emotions - can't be played by anyone who's not White - because I guess Allen just feels that if you aren't White you can't be neurotic, funny, quirky, elated - basically all human emotions.
But as we all know - that's a load of complete and utter Diane Keaton.
It's like the site I still lament - Stuff White People Like - which basically tells people that doing certain things - like listening to NPR, is only for White People (because you know, they have a hold on everything...).
So is Woody also saying that People Of Color are kind of like sub-humans who just aren't evolved? I mean if Allen would have to write something specific for let's say some Black and Asian American characters does that mean that no one talks in complete sentences and the main story lines are between a basketball court and a Chinese delivery place?
If I didn't already not get Woody Allen, I don't get him even more.
And To Make Matters Worse
Who even thinks about trying to defend Woody Allen on this?
Here it is straight from the HuffPost.
Yeah - we all know the studios have issues, but ummm Ricky Boy - that doesn't excuse what Allen said and the inherent White Privilege and Racism of it all (and I wonder how many White teachers who school kids of color have the same mentality when it comes to subjects or mannerisms).