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Old September 13 2010, 03:22 AM   #34
Pilot Ace
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Re: Nikita: "Pilot" - Sept. 9 on The CW - Grading & Discussion

Christopher wrote: View Post
I don't have any "agenda."
Your previously vocal negative reaction to the casting of The Last Airbender led me to believe otherwise. You do seem to care very deeply about casting in film and television in regard to ethnicity.

The fact that you took one to two sentences out of my entire reaction to the show and responded with a hefty paragraph only about that tiny note of pause also makes me believe otherwise.

Christopher wrote: View Post
And I never said I "ignored" the ethnic difference, I just don't see it as overwhelmingly more significant than the other differences I mentioned. For instance, in college I knew two really gorgeous young women, both around the same height, both with huge smiles, high foreheads and cheekbones, and sleek, leggy figures, and I thought of them as looking a lot alike, even though one was a green-eyed strawberry blonde and the other was a fairly dark-complexioned African-American. To me, that difference was outweighed by all the similarities. Conversely, the way I perceive a given woman's appearance can be radically altered just by a change in her hairstyle. In high school, I had a hopeless crush on a girl for two years, knowing it was hopeless but unable to move on because I just found her so beautiful, but then she got a perm and I lost interest. In other cases, I've had trouble recognizing actresses when they change the style or color of their hair.

So ethnicity is simply not the overriding factor in the way I perceive people or the differences between people. It's just one element in the mix and not always the one that looms largest in my perceptions. That's not a political agenda, it's simply the way my brain processes the appearance of other people. All I was doing was offering an alternative perspective on the question under discussion. Discussion means exploring an issue from multiple angles, examining all its possible facets. If you feel threatened by the existence of alternative points of view, that says more about your "agendas" than mine.
I certainly respect your personal reaction to people's physical characteristics and their impact on perception.

However, I don't think yours is the majority reaction. It's possible I'm wrong.

I, personally, do not hold as much weight to hair and the like because they can change so readily. They are fleeting characteristics. People grow their hair out, get it cut, put on some pounds, work out, all the time. I've seen people go through dramatic changes in relatively short times. You say you've experienced the same thing.

Skin color, ethnicity, and an outgrowth of those two, facial structure, seem to be much more constant to an extent as a decent way to form a snapshot of a person and differentiate them from others. I certainly don't put the effort into differentiating between specific, drilled down groups... I don't have the eye for detail to tell what portion of Europe or Africa a person's lineage hails from... But, I know people who can and are relatively good at it. The wider net I cast works for the snapshots I need.

Maybe because I come from largely Caucasian communities across the board (neighborhoods, schools, work place, etc.) that's how I've come to be. However, given how often race and ethnicity are brought up in media and the like I tend to think that the majority reaction is similar or has at least been crafted in a similar way.

I felt threatened because I've seen you hone in on ethnic discussions in the past and it was the only criticism you had about my large reaction... And I only wrote one sentence about it (two if you stretch it out).

Ethnicity is a touchy subject in America and it doesn't take much for someone to label you as discriminatory. Which I am not.

At least not based on ethnicity. I like to think there are more important things about people to like and dislike and act accordingly in how you interact with them.

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