This story over on Movieline caught my eye yesterday: “Where Was The Outrage For The Social Network’s Race-Blind Casting?” As I clicked the story open, I sighed a little bit, knowing it was probably some non-controversy ginned-up by Harvey Weinstein or something, just the latest in a neverending salvo of politicized Oscar-related attacks.
But…no. Nothing. The story was, in fact, not inspired by any new development. Nobody complained. Nobody protested. Nobody slipped anonymous quotes to entertainment reporters. It was seemingly just a blog post on the extremely timely subject matter of “two white Englishmen [cast] in the roles of a Brazilian and an Indian American. Folks got worked up into a lather over The Last Airbender this summer; so where’s the outrage now?”
That’s a fair question, wondering where the outage is now, when the controversy should be at its height. Except “The Social Network” opened on Oct. 1, and this story was posted on Jan. 9, meaning a whopping 100 days elapsed between the film’s release and this author deciding he was quite frankly fed up with people not complaining about this.
It is a very, very weird thing to read: in essence, it’s a rebuttal to a complaint that has yet to be lodged. Weird. I wonder if the author had some quota of posts they had to fill yesterday? In completely unrelated news, it gave me fodder for a post, so, kudos. [Movieline]