Tuesday, July 9, 2013
It's interesting that in today's society playing "redface", a white dressing up and playing a Native American, is still considered acceptable. I was going to post something about this a few weeks ago. But the Paula Deen scandal pretty much stole the spotlight. I was going to let it go but I was attacked by white people on another forum over this. From what I can tell, most white people think it's perfectly fine for a white person to play a Native American. I find this so odd because most white people would agree that to play "blackface" would be incredibly racist. Why do white people not understand that "redface" isn't acceptable either? On the other forum all I got was, "Depp's part Cherokee". Like that counts. Tonto was not 1/16 or even 1/8 Native. He was Native all the way. I just don't see why people can't see this is wrong. And I'm not attacking Johnny Depp as I like him as an actor. It's just that when a role calls for a full-blooded Indian, cast an Indian. It's just that simple. The problem is that Native Americans are not as vocal as say black people are with regard to this crap. I don't want to go into it here but many Indians did whatever they could to fit into white society. I'll just end it here. Oh, and just for the record even if I was offered a role to play a native I would turn it down because even though I'm mixed I don't look native enough. I would not be able to properly portray a full-blooded because I'm not full-blooded. I would turn it down in hopes that a real, full-blooded native could play the role. But that's just me.