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We don't live in a post-racism society, folks.
I mean, come on – yesterday, a homeless woman very pointedly told me not to eat my dog! Granted, she was probably nuts, but this is happening on much larger scale than crazy ladies and my evening walk with my dog. Last week, it was announced that Joe Wright – the director behind critical hits like Atonement and Pride and Prejudice (as well as critical misses, like Anna Karenina) – had cast Rooney Mara as Native American character Tiger Lily. Now, that's just plain wrong.
Many fans are petitioning for a recast, yet some don't seem to mind – and even go so far as to liken the situation to Michael B. Jordan's upcoming turn as the Human Torch. Luckily, Whedonverse actress Felicia Day is setting people straight; she has some wise and cogent words on why Tiger Lily and the Human Torch are not even remotely the same situation:
Most lead characters and lead actors of movies are white ... Across 100 top-grossing films of 2012, only 10.8% of speaking characters were Black, 4.2% were Hispanic, 5% were Asian, and 3.6% were from other (or mixed race) ethnicities. Just over three-quarters of all speaking characters are White (76.3%) ... Bottom line, actors of ethnicity don’t get a lot of work to begin with. And that very fact creates a scarcity in the number of actors of different ethnicities to choose from when casting ... In what instance can you point out a role where a Native American actress has a chance to be a lead in any movie? Almost none ... The opportunity to give a leading role that could be a Native American, a possible protagonist role that the audience could relate to and live the story through, to a white actor, is kind of s**tty and backwards to me.
But you know what the worst part of this whole debacle is? We're not moving forward: whitewashing is not something we left back in the days of ultra-racist filmmakers like D.W. Griffiths and grossly distorted stereotypes like Mr. Yunioshi. No, it's still a pervasive problem that continues to flood all avenues of pop culture – films, music, television – even celebrities. Remember when former DWTS star Julianne Hough thought it was okay to don a little blackface to portray her favorite Orange Is the New Black character?
Just last summer, J.J. Abrams cast whiter-than-white actor Benedict Cumberbatch (he and Rooney Mara could probably go head-to-head in a Caucasian-quotient contest) to play Khan Noonien Singh, a role originally played by Mexican actor Ricardo Montalban. How telling is it, that in some ways, 1960's Gene Roddenberry was more progressive than present-day Abrams? And a little more than month ago, Katy Perry shamelessly appropriated Egyptian culture in her latest music video – and that's after dressing up like a "geisha" at the VMAs. Oh, and let's not forget that at the beginning of this year, well-loved sitcom How I Met Your Mother (or, as dubbed by Twitter, #HowIMetYourRacism) employed some tasteless (not to mention tin-eared) yellowface.
It's hard to believe that we're still seeing this kind of ignorance and blatant whitewashing in this day in age. Well, at least we can still hold out hope for a recast.
It’s the classic fairytale: Boy meet girl. Girl poses nude in boy’s magazine. Boy falls in love with girl. And after an attempted wedding, breakup, and reconciliation, boy and girl tie the knot in a New Year's Eve wedding. Okay, okay. Maybe it’s not your typical fairytale, but for new bride Crystal Harris Hefner, life is pretty magical right about now. 86-year-old Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner married 26-year-old Crystal Harris Monday night in an intimate ceremony at the infamous Beverly Hills mansion. And guess what? The bride wore pink!
Pink wedding dresses seem to the hot new thing in bridal couture these days, and Harris looked lovely in a blush mermaid gown designed by Romona Keeveza. The Femme Fatale lingerie shop owner tweeted a full-length mirror shot of the body-hugging strapless gown early Tuesday morning.
But that’s not the only peek we got into the Hefners’ big day. The bride and groom took to Twitter to share oodles of details from their New Year's Eve nuptials.
The couple exchanged their vows underneath an arch of pink, purple, and white flowers at the bottom of the mansion’s iconic double stairway surrounded by a small group of family and friends.
Harris also revealed the playlist that set the tone for newlyweds’ romantic evening. “The harpist and flutist did an amazing job last night. They played 'As Time Goes By,' 'Because You Loved Me,' 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow' and 'Chasing Cars.' They continued to play through the night as guest arrived for the big annual NYE party,” Harris tweeted.
After the couple exchanged their vows it was time to party! According to Us Weekly, Hefner and Harris joined their guests — including Rascal Flatts’ Joe Don Rooney, Gene Simmon and Jon Lovitz — at the joint wedding reception/annual New Year's Eve bash. The party, which lasted well into Tuesday morning, was done in an Art Deco theme, and Jazz singer Brenna Whitaker graced the party with multiple performances.
Despite the couple’s rocky past, Harris stresses to Us Weekly that their marriage will last through better or worse. “When the wedding didn't work out the first time, it was because of me. I needed to explore out there and take the time away [from Hef and the Mansion]. The time away really helped make me realize that where I'm meant to be is here with Hef," Harris says. "Our relationship is better than it ever has been before. I'm very happy and Hef's very happy and we're excited.
In fact he was so excited, the magazine tycoon was the first to tweet out the debut picture of Mr. and Mrs. Hefner. "Crystal & I married on New Year's Eve in the Mansion with [brother] Keith as my Best Man. Love that girl!"
What do you think of the new Mr. and Mrs. Hefner? Were you a fan of Harris’ pink gown? Bunny hop on down to the comments and share your thoughts!
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[Photo Credit: Elayne Lodge/Playboy; Twitter (5)]
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Pop idol Justin Bieber recently sparked controversy when he poked fun at the prince and suggested he should try taking hair loss drug Propecia to stave off baldness, which has blighted the males in his family, but Dr. Asim Shahmalak insists the heir to the throne's receding hairline is no laughing matter.
He suggests Propecia could halt the royal's problem, but it would not restore his lost hair.
Shahmalak, who runs the Crown Clinic in Manchester, England, tells WENN, "He would have to take Propecia for the rest of his life and it would not help him to grow new hair."
And he doesn't think Bieber's idea is a great one: "Around two per cent of patients who take Propecia suffer side effects,
such as the loss of libido."
But the hair doctor has urged the prince to do something or risk becoming completely bald on the top of his head by the age of 40.
He adds, "Prince William has been losing his hair since he was 25. His hair loss is even worse than his father's, and obviously his grandfather Philip is bald too. That is a strong family gene.
"Prince William has quite fine light brown hair. To restore the hair on the top of his head to a reasonable level of density, he will need at least 3,000 or 4,000 hair grafts where hair is taken from the back of the scalp and moved to the top of the head. This is similar to the treatment which (British soccer player) Wayne Rooney had."
The candid footage will screen during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ presentation of Hollywood Home Movies II: Treasures from the Academy Film Archive on 17 October (09) at the Linwood Dunn Theater.
The event is already sold out.
A spokesperson for the Academy says, "The Academy Film Archive houses a wide variety of such films and will present a selection of excerpts including footage of Marlene Dietrich, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Judy Garland, Paulette Goddard, Betty Grable, Alfred Hitchcock, Harpo Marx, Edward G. Robinson, Ginger Rogers, Mickey Rooney, Jimmy Stewart, Esther Williams and Loretta Young."
Hollywood Home Movies II is being presented in conjunction with Home Movie Day, an annual international celebration of amateur films and filmmaking.