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Thousands Protest Rooney Mara Playing Tiger Lily in "Peter Pan" Prequel

Posted: March 21st, 2014 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
Thousands Protest Rooney Mara Playing Tiger Lily in "Peter Pan" PrequelSubmit Comment
It was recently reported that Rooney Mara was in talks to join Warner Bros' upcoming "Peter Pan" prequel, which already has Hugh Jackman on board as Blackbeard, Garrett Hedlund as Captain Hook and Levi Miller as Peter Pan.

The problem is that Mara will play the role of Tiger Lily, a character that Care2 organization says is a Native American princess in the JM Barrie classic. "The casting choice is particularly shameful for a children's movie," stated a new petition. "Telling children their role models must all be white is unacceptable."

That petition has been signed by more four thousand people. It goes on to say: "It stars Mara and two white guys - Hugh Jackman and Garrett Hedlund. Not so multi-racial after all. Tell Warner Bros to stop casting white actors to play characters originally written as people of color!"

"Peter Pan" will be directed by Joe Wright and is set to hit theaters on July 17th, 2015.

Source: THR


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PLASTIC MAN writes:
on March 21st, 2014 at 5:48:04 PM

schooom umpka! Frackish nodie!
KillerCOck writes:
on March 21st, 2014 at 5:50:43 PM

Called it!
PLASTIC MAN writes:
on March 21st, 2014 at 5:51:12 PM

'The presence of African Americans in major motion picture roles has been a conversation since Hattie McDaniel played Mammy, the house servant, in Gone with the Wind. "Through most of the 20th century, images of African-Americans in advertising were mainly limited to servants like the pancake-mammy Aunt Jemima and Rastus, the chef on the Cream of Wheat box."[1] The roles the African-American community are generally offered usually fall into three themes; a tale of rags to riches, thug life, or segregation. "Many researchers argue that media portrayals of minorities tend to reflect whites' attitudes toward minorities and, therefore, reveal more about whites themselves than about the varied and lived experiences of minorities", and though these are one groups (white peoples) opinions it still seems to dominate mainstream media.[2]

Even in today’s movies the roles for an African-American performer fall under similar typecast roles, the biggest movie with African-American leads in 2011 was The Help. In the 2012 Academy Awards The Help was nominated for several categories: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Octavia Spencer also nominated for the same category was Jessica Chastain, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Viola Davis, and Best Motion Picture of the Year. The movie walked away with one win for Best Supporting Actress Octavia Spencer, leaving Viola Davis to lose to Meryl Streep, a 14-time nominee and three-time winner. Octavia Spencer was the only African American to win an award that night, which for the Academy Awards is not a rare occasion.

2012 marked the Academy Awards' 84th anniversary, and through 84 years, only a handful of African Americans have been nominated and fewer have walked away with the golden statue. Other than Octavia Spencer's most recent win, it has been three years since another African American has graced the Oscar stage. Some[who?] speculate that the lack of ethnic wins at Hollywood's most prestigious awards is because most of the voters are older white men. It seems as though[according to whom?] unless the African American actors and actresses are willing to bend to Hollywood pressures they will not be acknowledged by the Academy. "Sidney Poitier originally turned down the role of Porgy in the 1959 film (calling it 'not material complimentary to black people')", but eventually succ*mbed to Hollywood pressure. Years later, Poitier received an honorary 2010 Academy Award for helping to "dismantle the color line in film."

In 1988 during Eddie Murphy's (who was nominated in 2007) presentation of the Best Picture category, Murphy gave an impromptu speech on how he felt that the Academy Awards were racist, stating only three black people had won the award. There are many speculations on why Eddie Murphy lost the award in 2007 to Alan Arkin, one being that Murphy made the blockbuster bust Norbit. Others speculate that it is due to Murphy's comments from 1988. "The troubling thing is that the only two black actors in this year’s Oscar competition are cast as domestics, and would probably not have found meaty, starring roles in other films had they passed on “The Help.” This brings to mind the first black Oscar winner, Hattie McDaniel, who received the award in 1940 for her portrayal of the loyal maid in “Gone With the Wind.” "When criticized for often playing a mammy on film, Ms. McDaniel famously said she would rather play a maid in the movies than be one."
Cannon writes:
on March 21st, 2014 at 5:59:57 PM


How dare they cast a non-Native American to play the character of a completely fictionalized tribe people indigenous to...f*cking Neverland.

Get a life, losers.

Sleuth1989 writes:
on March 21st, 2014 at 6:06:27 PM

Honestly if you're going to cast someone to play an Indian I'd say Mara. LOL She has interesting facial features that allow me to believe she could be in multiple racial roles.
Cannon writes:
on March 21st, 2014 at 6:11:42 PM


@Sleuth

I don't know. If ask me, Rooney and her (hotter) sister both look like a couple of Irish girls through 'n' through. But I have no objections with her playing the role in question, mostly because I have no interest in the film as a whole anyways.

SoftimusPrime writes:
on March 21st, 2014 at 6:15:20 PM

"Tell Warner Bros to stop casting white actors to play characters originally written as people of color!"

I bet these are the same double standard *ssholes who have no problem whatsoever with people of color being cast in roles of caucasian characters.
minkowski writes:
on March 21st, 2014 at 6:19:06 PM

Sure. As soon as they do the same for The Torch with respect to Michael B. Jordan.
minkowski writes:
on March 21st, 2014 at 6:20:01 PM

But these people aren't racist at all. Nuh uh.
SoftimusPrime writes:
on March 21st, 2014 at 6:31:09 PM

Interestingly enough, if you Google the article, many other outlets have left out the following petition quote all together.

"It stars Mara and two white guys - Hugh Jackman and Garrett Hedlund. Not so multi-racial after all. Tell Warner Bros to stop casting white actors to play characters originally written as people of color!"

Could it be because it kinda sorta sounds RACIST?!
Cannon writes:
on March 21st, 2014 at 6:34:56 PM


Whatever. Just bring back Bob Hoskins as Smee.

minkowski writes:
on March 21st, 2014 at 6:41:49 PM

"Telling children their role models must all be white is unacceptable."


Why? Are there a lot of black and "Native" American role models? I really can't think of many who did anything some white person didn't do as well or better.






Oh boy. Can you imagine the wars this nation will fight with itself when white people are the solid and vanishing minority?

I'm so glad I'll be long dead by then.
Cannon writes:
on March 21st, 2014 at 6:47:18 PM


So, I guess no black James Bond then, right? I mean, that would be a textbook double standard, right?

minkowski writes:
on March 21st, 2014 at 6:50:23 PM

Since when is anyone from Peter Pan a role model?

Micheal Jackson, perhaps, but other than mutant albino man-children, anyone else?
TheAmicko writes:
on March 21st, 2014 at 7:21:23 PM

Well said Mink! I was thinking the same. So funny how its all the rage to speak up against whites playing ethnic roles... It being racist and all. But when it's the other way around (which is the fad right now) it's just so great and versatile. I want a white black panther, a gay black spiderman, and Woddy Harrelson to play Obama... In the Obama movie bound to happen after he leeaves the post.
minkowski writes:
on March 21st, 2014 at 7:30:01 PM

@TheAmicko: thank you for your kind words, but I disagree when you say it's a fad. Doesn't seem to be that way. Seems to be a way to diminish and disempower white people as a means of elevating non-whites, who use accusations of "racism" to gain power and influence under the rubric of "equality", which, per Animal Farm, means more "equality" for them.

But they don't want true equality. They want power, and the only way they can do this is by devaluing, and destroying, white culture.

Hence, this news.
BadChadB33 writes:
on March 21st, 2014 at 8:09:06 PM

So much for a white Blade.
BadChadB33 writes:
on March 21st, 2014 at 8:41:40 PM

So much for a white Blade.
Sleuth1989 writes:
on March 21st, 2014 at 9:12:32 PM

@Cannon
I know but Mara has shown she can go through a transformation so I'd buy it. Beside, as you pointed out. It's on a fictional, magical island called Neverland for crying out loud. Not like you'll find a lot of good young Native American actresses to play the role. At least Mara is a good actress.
John1017 writes:
on March 21st, 2014 at 9:31:39 PM

I like Zoe Saldana, but she may be slightly too old to play a young princess.
Donyae 420 writes:
on March 22nd, 2014 at 12:23:22 AM

@Plastic Man welcome back, you made a badass point and I'm going on youtube to see Eddie give his speech.
hellsing writes:
on March 22nd, 2014 at 4:55:18 AM

yeh focus on there race not there actual talent yeah smart move there
TheAmicko writes:
on March 22nd, 2014 at 5:01:12 AM

@mink. I couldn't agree more with what you say. Forget the wrong use of the word fad. That you say it's to deminish and disempower the whites and white culture is very well said and very insightful. I agree. To sad that people just can't se that's what's going on (well maybe a couple on here). It pisses me off!!
TheAmicko writes:
on March 22nd, 2014 at 5:09:04 AM

And the only reason it id starting with comic book movies is that the have an excuse "it's okay because it's a fictional universe and we can play with it" we will se it more and more and in other genres!
SACdaddy writes:
on March 22nd, 2014 at 6:46:46 AM

Once again i see all of the reverse racism whiners completely missing the point of the argument. Still complaining about hypothetical black Spider Man and the new black Human Torch. These protesters are mad because the Tiger Lily character was Native American not just another generic part that happened to be played by a native American. It's not like Spider Man or the Human Torch who have been traditionally portrayed as Caucasian but actually have nothing in their story restricting them or predisposing to that particular race.

Michael B Jordan is not whiting his face to play the human torch, but they are casting a white Mara and attempting to pass her off as Native American. Hollering for a white Black Panther or a white Malcolm X is just as misguided as casting Mara as an Indian (in both senses of the word :) Frankly all this is why RDJ's role in Tropic Thunder is so f*cking hilarious and why White Chicks is so creepy. It's also why most of Cloud Atlas' outstanding narrative accomplishments will always be overlooked. Having one race black-faced (for lack of a better word) as another is just too weird and unnecessary in most cases. And Hwood has been doing it for decades. Sometimes it works (Pacino -- Scarface/Carlito), sometimes it doesn't make much impact (Ben Affleck -- Argo), and sometimes it's just dumb (Depp -- Lone Ranger, and no it doesn't matter that he's an 8th native American).
SACdaddy writes:
on March 22nd, 2014 at 7:03:05 AM

In other news Brad Pitt is leading contender for one of the detective roles in the next season of True Detective.

Can't wait!!!
SACdaddy writes:
on March 22nd, 2014 at 7:04:16 AM

http://www.independent.ie/entertainment/tv-radio/brad-pitt-being-lined-up-to-replace-matthew-mcconaughey-in-true-detective-30102668.html
TheAmicko writes:
on March 22nd, 2014 at 8:14:53 AM

SAC... Seems to me you are missing the point. It's quite simple. If you make a original character who always has been white and is written as a white character... If you make him black or whatever... Just to satisfy your diversity quota in Hollywood. It's disgusting! We have it here to but Americans are the best at these double standards. I can't explain it better since my English isn't strong enough. But I thought it was very simple and clear. Maybe you can take this Mink?
SACdaddy writes:
on March 22nd, 2014 at 1:40:23 PM

Once again you've missed my point. If there is nothing in the character's story that restricts him or her to a specific race then it's not that big of a deal to me if they change the ethnicity to try something new or to reach a broader audience. IMO this is an acceptable risk the film maker can take with a reboot of old material.

That is not the same as casting a person from one race to portray a different race like they are doing with Tiger Lily. They still want to pass her as Native American but cast a white person.

Let me ask you this, if you never saw Spider Man, why would you assume he was white? He's parentless, raised by his aunt and Uncle, and resides in an urban part of the country. He talks a lot of sh*t, is very athletic, and is broke all the time. These are not traits that are beholden to one race. His name is pretty generic and so is his job. He's intelligent and takes a lot of pictures, so would you be ok with an Asian playing him in a reboot?

The point is that Peter Parker is a broad enough character to not be defined by one particular race.

Hwood has been putting white actors in traditionally colored roles ever since the invention of film. Some of the casting choices were just signs of the time but many of the choices were made with quality and profit mostly in mind. Casting Charleston Heston as a Mexican detective or Uwl Brenner as the king of Siam may have had some racist motivations behind it but it's nearly impossible to think that the studio wasn't mainly thinking of the financial boost casting a very popular leading man could bring to the production. Point is that might be exactly what studios are doing now. I still think its funny that none of you complain when Denzel is cast in a "white" role. Not one peep about him being The Equalizer. Why does he get a pass...oh yeah because he's arguably the best actor in Hollywood and the parts he takes can really be played by anyone even if they were written with a white person in mind.
TheAmicko writes:
on March 22nd, 2014 at 2:58:43 PM

No i get what point you are trying to make. I just tried to clarify The reason som of ud is sick of this. Therefore i mentioned the ethnic quota by Hollywood. Your reasoning for a Black Peter Parker (the whitest name in history) is just nonsense. He is writen AND portrayed as a white man for many years now. Would you say the same thing about Superman? The reason they cast Mara in this case (as someone on here already mentioned) could maybe have something to do with The fact its hard to find a good native american actress to portray tiger lily. And her looks... Cheekbones etc. Is unique and could remind one of a native american. So you miss The point why people are tired of blacks (only blacks btw) are being pressed into white roles to make a quota and to wash their hands.
SACdaddy writes:
on March 22nd, 2014 at 3:11:43 PM

Lol maybe with a white person playing the role Tiger Lily will actually be allowed to speak in this movie.

Always a silver lining to be found right??? :)
SACdaddy writes:
on March 22nd, 2014 at 3:29:44 PM

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/03/20/is-rooney-mara-too-white-for-tiger-lily-peter-pan-s-history-of-racism.html

Just to show how long this debate has been going on.
SACdaddy writes:
on March 22nd, 2014 at 3:40:59 PM

@theAmicko: So where is this Hollywood nigga quota out there that you speak of? Wherever it is its not working very well. Until you can prove there is an actual effort for Hwood to recast every white role out there with black people this is just all racist speculation. Frankly it's fear plain and simple. The same fear that led us to separate water fountains, Jim Crowe laws, and several centuries of stupidity.

SACdaddy writes:
on March 22nd, 2014 at 4:06:35 PM

"If you make a original character who always has been white and is written as a white character... If you make him black or whatever... Just to satisfy your diversity quota in Hollywood. It's disgusting"

Funny how that on the very few occasions that blacks have taken white roles it's just because Hollywood is attempting to fill some mythical racial quota, but on the countless many occasions whites have been cast in roles for people of color no quota ever seems to be mentioned as motivation. I wonder why....

TheAmicko writes:
on March 22nd, 2014 at 4:19:34 PM

If you think evereything the eye can't See... Or everything not written down isn't real... Well that seems like stupidity to me. It's clear as day. Don't now about your country.... But in mine there is a actual race minority quota put on our firms... Meaning they need to hire so and so many immigrants. Just so we can look good and seem diverse to the world. Open your eyes! Don't be naive. Off course the same thing goes on in Hollywood. Hollywood being the number one place to keep up appearance no matter what. Over and out!
minkowski writes:
on March 22nd, 2014 at 4:35:11 PM

What TheAmicko said.

And if black people feel compelled to demand that their mugs appear in every American movie, perhaps they need to start their own Hollywood just to give deliberate lie to the fact they're only 13% of the American population, and not the 51% they imagine.
capsule writes:
on March 22nd, 2014 at 5:02:35 PM

The problem I have with casting Michael b. Jordan is that his on screen sister is f*cking white...either make them both black or white, that's f*cking changing the storyline and seems so forced it's ridiculous. He obviously is f*ck buddies with the director, so ya f*ck that.
BlackDynamite writes:
on March 22nd, 2014 at 5:06:08 PM

People will find anything to protest. Its not as if this Peter Pan film will be a defining cinematic moment of this generation.
SACdaddy writes:
on March 23rd, 2014 at 7:29:32 AM

Lol ok let me get this straight. Keep the character's race as they were originally written....unless you have a perfectly good white person in need of a job. Then the race of the character is meaningless...right?

Oh and whatever you do don't let a black person get any parts unless it's written specifically for a black person or Denzel is involved. Yeah this doesn't sound racist at all.
SACdaddy writes:
on March 23rd, 2014 at 7:44:46 AM

@capsule: I've expressed the same beef on the Fantastic Four thread. Siblings from 2 different races is just strange and unnecessary to the story. But why is this Jordan's fault? Sure the director likes working with him but he can't find a viable black actress to play his sister??? This makes the director and the studio look stupid and pretty shallow. I would argue that making MBJ a star might be the only agenda the director is pushing considering he's still ending up with a 99% white cast.
Curbcooler writes:
on March 24th, 2014 at 2:52:05 AM

TheAmicko:
That's because there are already so few lead ethnic roles in mainstream movies even though minorities make up the majority of ticket buyers now worldwide (idiot).
Curbcooler writes:
on March 24th, 2014 at 2:54:52 AM

MINK:
What is so-called White Culture?! All you have is another post that clearly shows how envious of a black people you are . According to you by Black and minorities getting more power there doing it by lowering the valuhility of white people. haahhhh!!!

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