I don’t watch a lot of movies anymore. In fact, you can say I find myself being like most Americans binge watching television shows on Netflix one season after another.
The stigmas behind each culture betrayed on screen started to turn me away from popular movies. It’s really hard to explain right now, but not every girl who is blonde is dumb or can’t drive. Not all brunette’s are single. There are thousands of African Americans who are struggling to help support their family, and their are Latinos who are your neighbors who are trying to make it the best of their lives. Stereotypes are terrible, and I wish they did not exist.
I could say the same thing about religious cultures too. Not all Christians go to church on Sunday. Muslims do not intend to hurt everyone. People should be loved. I thought about this today when I was reading New York January 2016 magazine’s interview with Michael B. Jordan and Ryan Cooler, and at first I didn’t want to read it because it was Hollywood. But as a writer who wants to write screenplays, I kept reading anyways.
Near the end of the article, I was struck by Coogler’s comments about how Hollywood scripts characters. Here is what He said:
“‘I used to get crushed the I was younger and would watch movies about young people,’ says Cooler.’And I’d be like, No-that’s not us. Or reading articles about the millennial generation-people making general statements about us. Again, no. Wrong. Just hire us, bruh. Hire me and let me work.’ ” (New York magazine, page 68)
Jordan continues and this is where I had to read what he was saying twice, and then I understood.
“‘The majority of roles out there are written not by us’-meaning young black people-‘so if [most writers’] only interactions with someone who looks like me is from stereotypes, what you see on TV, then those are the types of roles that are going to keep getting written. Also, I don’t have to go out for every role thats written black. I want to out for the role thats written [with race unspecified]-I’m going to make that role black regardless.'” (New York magazine, page 68).
When I first began writing, I was writing with the view that I was comfortable with. caucasian, female. Now, I have begun breaking out towards multicultural roles after doing research and hanging out and interacting with different people. It helps so much to write from different views, but you first need to gain the insight first.
If only Hollywood would give the minority actors, screenwriters, and musicians a chance, I believe the world would see that life is not as it seems.