On Television, Cinema and Race

Paleocon wrote:

Wondering when someone will remake Triumph of the Will or Birth of a Nation.

Oh it's happening. Fans of the original probably won't be pleased, though.

Roots was just remade too.

Loved the new Roots.

Loved the BET speech.

For Tarzan I'm not really upset over the white savior. I can understand the complaints though. The racist comments over the review were to expected. I think IGN does a disservice to the users by not moderating the comments.

Re: Tarzen and IGN: One of the most dastardly racists in that comments section, CrazyWes, a white guy from Canada says things like:

CrazyWes wrote:

Maybe it was because the natives WERE too primitive. It's called a complete lack of technology and military tactics/experience. Seriously, look up the Anglo-Zulu war. The fact a white dude hops in to help them, regardless of skin color, speaks a lot about Tarzans character.

It's bigots like that, who can't even grasp the fundamental meaning of the Great White Savior Trope, that really disappoint. That said, I did learn some interesting history on Tarzan from the comments section.

And it takes a simple two clicks to get right to his Facebook profile. I wonder if he voted for Trudeau.

Chairman_Mao wrote:
Paleocon wrote:

Wondering when someone will remake Triumph of the Will or Birth of a Nation.

Oh it's happening. Fans of the original probably won't be pleased, though.

Beat me to it. Talk about race bending.

Holy crap, this is pretty amazing.

http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/fx-d...

In the 2014-15 TV season, only 12% of FX’s directors were women or people of color, according to DGA statistics.

Though many networks, particularly in cable and streaming, have similarly spotty track records, FX’s was the worst, and a 2015 Variety article drawing attention to widespread inequality in the hiring of directors prompted the network to take action.

At the moment, 51% of the directors booked by FX and FXX are men and women of color, or white women.

“We set a goal that wasn’t incremental but quantum, in terms of what we wanted to achieve,” FX CEO John Landgraf said in an interview with Variety. “Part of it is, if you’re going to go from a laggard to a leader, try to get to something you can actually achieve and sustain that looks like real change.”

MrDeVil909 wrote:
“We set a goal that wasn’t incremental but quantum”

Umm...

That's a nice boost! What do the writing teams and showrunners look like? In television, the writers and producers often have far more of an affect on the show than any individual director.

iaintgotnopants wrote:
MrDeVil909 wrote:
“We set a goal that wasn’t incremental but quantum”

Umm...

Yeah I think the guy needs to crack a dictionary open before he uses that one again

On the other hand, good for FX for actually doing something about that particular problem.

Why 'Mafia III' Should Tackle Race Head On
Just a heads up, there is a couple instances of a racial slur there.

Knew it was Walker before I finished reading the headline. Great piece.