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Old June 1 2013, 01:40 AM   #278
Nerys Myk
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Re: Klingons in STID--why do they look like [SPOILERS]?

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The actor playing him was European. So he must be European.
No. Or is this one of those outdated practices from the 1960s that we like, as opposed to the ones we don't like?

Using "classical" racial classifications
And why exactly would we be using discredited classifications?

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That's why nuKhan is European, right?
Actually, he only looks European because Section 31 made him look that way for some inscrutable purpose.

One of these things is not like the others.
Truth be told, I would have preferred that an Indian actor played Khan, if that character was going to be used. My main objection to your original comment was the use of the term "Caucasian" to describe Khan's race ( and term race in general), when it applies equally to Montalban, Cumberbatch and any hypothetical Indian actor. Then I watched as goalposts were moved and words were defined. The point that Cumberbatch isn't an Indian could have been stated without using either term, as I just did.

Yes, the writers used a dose of Handwavium to make Khan look like Cumberbatch. Cumberbatch is a great actor, so it might be a good trade off.

Though I do find the nebulous standards of "spot on casting" to be curious. "Europeans" and "Africans" tend to be one size fits all, but others require an exact match.
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