No, no, seriously, this is about me!

I have been an actor for more than 20 years now, and throughout that time there has been an ongoing discussion of diversity. Is there enough diversity in Hollywood? How many people of colour and women are enough? Does diversity sell? First it was: why are there no black films at the Oscars? Then, at the 2017 Oscars: wow, there are so many black movies at the Oscars; I guess the diversity issue is fixed?

As important as diversity in storytelling is, there is a deeper concern than representation. There are stories that must be told but that are all too often erased, even within narratives about race, or about gender.

Thandie Newton. Uhn huhn.

We don’t just need more black women in movies. We need intersectionality, now
Thandie Newton
Not all black people are men; not all women are white. Too often the distinct and different stories of women of colour are overlooked or erased

“I am a biracial getting on middle aged woman. Where are those headline roles for me?”

No, seriously, that’s it, that’s all there is here.

27 comments on “No, no, seriously, this is about me!

  1. I thought intersectionality was about getting more middle aged white men to play the roles of young, attractive, black women who get their tits out.

  2. If you are going to repeat threads I might as well repeat comments:

    “She is getting on a bit and moviegoers want to look at attractive young women.

    The men for obvious reasons, the women because they want to identify with an attractive younger woman character–esp if they themselves are past the flush of youth and beauty.

    Equally nobody wants to look at the old and clapped out as that estate will arrive for all of us soon enough without paying to see the decrepit trying to carry the movie.”

    If most people want to see the elderly and middle-aged they can look in the mirror for free.

  3. We shouldn’t be surprised when people whose entire career is an appeal for public attention turns out to be cynical, selfish and manipulative in presenting their own desires as a public cause.

  4. Too many black footballers in the premiership. No women. Barely any middle class origins.

    We need change to be more diverse.

  5. “There are stories that must be told but that are all too often erased, even within narratives about race, or about gender.”

    So, fucking tell’em, then. Get a Red camera ($10K), find a few actors who want to help you and make a movie. Reap the profits when a massive audience turns out for it.

    Because there’s an untapped market, right? The producers in Hollywood have looked at this and completely missed a goldmine of a story about a schizophrenic black woman who had to be restrained by the police, and accidentally died in the process.

  6. ‘In 1991, when Anita Hill came forward to accuse her former boss, US supreme court nominee Clarence Thomas, of sexual harassment, too many people saw the issue as “race v gender”.’

    Only ignoramuses saw it that way: Thomas is black; Hill is black. Ms Newton is making it up as she goes along. See ‘intersectional feminism.’

  7. getting on middle aged

    Kind of you, Tim. I think she advertises Oil of Ulay or something, so she’s definitely arrived at middle age.

  8. Didn’t she just have a leading role in ‘Line of Duty’?

    There is another way forward, and that’s to write the script. I’d pay to see a good story regardless of the race of the actors in it, or of the characters depicted – but not one where some middle-aged bint is ranting that life isn’t fair..

  9. I saw her in Line of Duty: she wasn’t much cop. 🙂

    She played the part on one note: a scowl.

    It was pretty fine whodunnit though.

  10. What’s the average length of an actor’s career? (Male, female, black, white). Six weeks? Six months? How many make it to six years before reality sets in?

    So the ungrateful bitch moans about only having a twenty year career but not being a star.

    Oh dear. How sad. Never mind.

  11. I’d never heard of Thandie Newton and just looked up her Hollywood resume…

    The fact that she isn’t getting headline roles isn’t because she’s a bi-racial middle-aged woman. Her resume strongly suggests she isn’t getting them because she’s always been, at best, a supporting actress. The obvious conclusion to draw is that the issue is one of talent, rather than race or gender.

    Then again, what middle-ager wants to publicly admit they don’t have the horsepower required to win the race?

  12. Dennis – Vaguely remember her from a couple of films as being somewhat attractive (like a poor man’s Halle Berry) but with all the sexual dynamite of a bowl of cold porridge.

    She’s no Alesha Dixon.

    To her credit though, at least she’s only spouting polite feminist/blackist bollocks, and not the spittle-flecked Full Retard kind poor, deranged Ashley Judd descended to.

    Wikipedia says Mrs Newton has 3 kids, that’s probably why she seems more grounded than the genetic dead ends raging against the Patriarchy that never put a baby in them.

  13. Dearieme: “I saw her in Line of Duty: she wasn’t much cop.

    She played the part on one note: a scowl.”

    Well, I disagree – thought she was excellent, her control conveyed deep underlying emotions and made it all the more effective when she pulled various rabbits out of the hat, in for instance the interview scenes. .

  14. To her credit though, at least she’s only spouting polite feminist/blackist bollocks, and not the spittle-flecked Full Retard kind poor, deranged Ashley Judd descended to.

    Boy, talk about damning someone with faint praise!

  15. @mike fowle, June 10, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    Dearieme: “I saw her in Line of Duty: she wasn’t much cop.

    She played the part on one note: a scowl.”

    Well, I disagree – thought she was excellent, her control conveyed deep underlying emotions and made it all the more effective when she pulled various rabbits out of the hat, in for instance the interview scenes.

    Agree with Dearieme.

    She may, as you say, have been “excellent”. However, she didn’t need to act.

    She played herself: a miserable, lying, manipulative, selfish, “I’m the victim of…”, control freak harpie.

  16. “I saw her in Line of Duty: she wasn’t much cop.
    She played the part on one note: a scowl.
    It was pretty fine whodunnit though.”

    You’ve got to be kidding. That series was utterly dire. Even worst than the last one. I don’t know why everyone raved about it. (I only watched it to please my wife.)

    Good production values, sure, and some good acting, but ludicrous and unbelievable plot. One of the most over-rated series on TV.

  17. All this minority stuff is garbage anyway. If women or blacks or latinos or gays want to be in movies, then they are free to make their own. But that’s not going to achieve the goals of cultural Marxism, so instead they try to destroy existing cultures and industries, not create new ones.

  18. ‘As important as diversity in storytelling is’

    How much better Macbeth would have been if Macbeth was a black disabled rights activist and Lady Macbeth was in a burka and spoke with a massive lisp

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