So this is going to be my piss into the ocean that is this topic of discussion and it's going to be blunt as all fucking hell so if you are the overly sensitive type than you have a choice right now to stop reading or toughen up for 10 seconds. Consider that your fucking trigger warning.
So there's no secret that the newest generations of kids, the millenials are a bunch of whiney babies who would rather complain that a white actor from Hollywood is playing a Hollywood adaptation of an anime instead of a Japanese actor, or a white actor is playing a Tibetan character instead of a Tibetan actor. In these instances I'm refering to Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell and Tilda Swinton playing The Ancient One in Dr. Strange. White fucks from across America went to their tumblr blogs and went to their publications to decry the evil white washing and bash these decisions claiming they're as bad as when fucking John Wayne playing Genghis Khan or when Fisher Stevens played an Indian scientist in Short Circuit. Today's 'whitewashing' isn't as fucking bad as those scenarios cause they change the character to better fit the actor they play. The fact they went with a white actor though is simple supply and demand. You have a mostly white audience for big Hollywood movies and that's why you see a mostly white cast from Hollywood movies. Come to fucking Ireland where the entire population is 97% fucking white you'll be looking a good long while before you see a black guy or an Asian unless they're in the background as a passing extra. The same is said for any fucking country in the world producing movies or shows. If you watching a Bollywood movie you'll be equally hard pressed to actually find a white person cause they film in India and have an Indian audience so they'll get the actors that best work for their schedule, you know Indians. Same for Japanese movies, filmed in Japan aiming for a Japanese audience, you'll find Japanese actors or Filipino movies, filmed in the Philippines AM I MAKING MY POINT YET??? People think that Hollywood are doing what's best to represent the world and yet in the same movie they have Chadwick Boseman, an American put on an African accent and be a prince turned king and that's 'fine' cause he's an 'African American' but they ask poor old Martin Freeman to put on an American accent, why, cause he's white? Fuck both of those things equally. Where were the fucking tumblirnas decrying that casting decision? Why weren't they begging for an actual African actor to play an African role? Cause they don't fucking care, not really. They just fucking look at the surface of things, 'oh well, Chadwick is black so it's okay for him be an African cause... well all African's are black.' Neill Blomkamp and Sharlto Copley, both men I was made aware of from District 9 but went on to become bigger things are both white as all hell but are also both South African. If there was a call out to all 'African Americans' to rally behind a cause then Sharlto would have the same rights as the more expected black people to show up. I would say both men but Neill is actually an African-Canadian.
Now, bare in mind that this isn't coming from a 'white' perspective. This is coming from an Irish perspective, and not the Boston Irish who still grow up within the American cultural melting pot. I'm born and raised within the Greater Dublin Area for the last 24 years and in the time travelled to the States, England, Germany, France, Austria, Italy, Spain and the Philippines. Some would say I'm well travelled and I'd say I'm just getting started. I would also say that, in an argument against the big Hollywood movies I don't get equal representation. Where are all the Irish people, that's not fair. Why can't we see more Irish character in bigger production movies. Simple, it's the Hollywood American movie industry. Even the video game industry has only ever put an Irishman in the lead role once as far as I'm aware and he wasn't even played by an Irish voice actor. This is a disgrace. We should be treated more equally, we should be given more roles in the lead position if the tumblrina's mindset was to be believed. But it's honestly not and it shouldn't be. Equal representation is an impossibility in art like this. That's why we don't see argements for more Inuit characters fighting with/against the DC superheroes. Cause those whiney American's and I do believe that it's a largely American thing, they don't think of all people in the world when they cry out for equal representation, it's the 'minorities' that they see day to day. Blacks, Asians and Mexicans should be given more roles, sure why not. It is nice to see a better representated world in tv. It's the very reason Star Trek exists, to show white Americans working with Black Americans, Japanese and Russians. So yeah, absolutely, diversity is a great thing. Cultural inclusion only makes people stronger, learning about and from other cultures does broaden your perspective and give you better knowledge of the world. But this means you have to be open to discussing things about the world. I learned only a few years ago that in the Philippines, the menu of street foods includes eggs that have partially formed duck fetus' inside. And might I say that it was delicious. Now I grew up in a country where the eggs were never fertilised and I watched youtubers, again mostly Americans, eat Balut and react so negatively to it. I on the other hand scarfed it down with no trouble at all. That could just be a difference of stomach strength so I dunno but there's another instance of what's represented from one group of people having nothing to do with my perseption of the world.
All of the above if you're not open to the geniune discussion of speaking openly and honestly about them, I bet would make you super pissed off and offended. Some people would be offended by my choice of vocabulary and completely ignore the message and meaning behind them. But that honestly means fucking nothing. 'Oh did I offend you? I'm sorry if that gave you AIDs. It didn't? Cancer? No. Leprosy?' See getting offended by things means nothing. I said above that Irish people don't get the equal representation in American culture and honestly I'm glad we don't get more. Cause what we do get is lazy stereotypical writing of the hoi ti toity Irishman in a green suit with a pig under our arm and the worst accent imaginable. I am offended by this quite a bit but I don't let it get to me. At some stage I just say 'fuck it' and stop caring cause I know deep down that the people who wrote those lazy character and the makers of Lucky Charms cereal, a cereal that isn't sold anywhere in Dublin, IRELAND, don't mean to insult anybody. They may be using elements of our culture that they know of due to a passing glance and looking only at the surface of Irish people, making them lazy writer definitely and potentially racist sure but they probably never meant a genuine harm to anybody. They probably didn't mean to insult anyone intelligence or culture. It's offensive as fuck but ultimately harmless. This is why by the way I called this post offensive vs insulting. The millenials have proven that any overly sensitve crowd can be offended at anything. But if you let that crap get to you and you take everything that's written with offensive writing or an offensive double meaning that you're going to have a shitty life. Cause at the end of the day none of that shit is directed at you, none of that was aimed to personally attack anybody, no one in the big industries would want to insult their audience. People like Matt Stone and Trey Parker prove that some writers definitely intend to offend and they do so brilliantly but at no stage, not even when dealing with the weird Mormon religion, do they mean to insult the people.
So sure, take offense to things that have a soft spot to you. For me that's my own Irish heritage and the bastardisation of it in American media. But I'm not going to rant and roat about it every time I see a shittily written character or an offensive joke at my cultures expense. There've been times when I laugh with the joke cause despite the offensive to it there's enough truth to just warrant a good laugh. And at no stage will I ever think the writer thought, that Irish dude over there, I'm going to say something to target him specifically and insult him. That shit can only ever be done by the people who know you. People who can insult you are the people who know you the most. And sure people face to face will try to insult you by using offensive things but unless they know you personally all they have for ammo is what they see on the surface. I have long hair and a beard and I hear 'Get a haircut' thrown at me at least once a month. I've heard this once a month for the last 7 years. From complete strangers. At first I took it to heart and felt bad about me having my long hair but quickly I realised I shouldn't give a thundering fuck what a cumstain like that says. They don't know me, they only see what's at surface level and are using the descriptors of my physical body to try insult me. Eventually I just thought so fucking what.
I am absolutely rambling at this stage but again I just don't care. If you did make to this point part of me is thinking why would you do that to yourself, other parts would like to thank you. Ending notes to this would be the world is harsh, if you let every single tiny thing cause you mental anguish you're going to have a really shitty time in life, there is a difference between someone using something offensive and someone wanting to insult you personally or a body of people. Toughen up and take on the world, see everything you can and don't be afraid to ask fucking question for fear of 'offending' people. A quizzical mind will only cause harm to those who refuse to ask questions themselves.