Lying Media Bastards

March 31, 2008


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Number one box office draw this weekend, is the movie “21″. It’s based on a true story of a group of MIT students who use their math skills to scam casinos and make lots of money. Unfortunately, it seems that the ringleaders of this scam were all Asian-Americans, but these three characters miraculously become white on the silver screen. Even worse, the students’ ethnicity was integral to their plans. They felt that young white guys blowing a million dollars at the casino would look suspicious, while rich Asian youths with money to burn would seem less so, due to stereotypes of rich foreign tourists. They were going touse these stereotypes to their advantage. Meaning that to the filmmakers actually had to change the plot of the film so that they could successfully whitewash the Asian characters. That’s how important it was to them to make sure the main characters were white.

Of course, this is because movie studio executives assume that the predominantly white American movie audience wants to see white people on screen instead of characters from other racial groups. Are they right to think this? Or can white audiences get behind films with casts where whites are a minority, or absent altogether?

Posted by Jake on March 31, 2008 1:05 pm

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    Well, and one of the fellows in a radio interview last week also indicated that they brought in 5 million split among 20 different people over a 7 year period. So, unless people read the book upon which the film is based, there are many other changes for dramatic effect that were made by the filmmakers. Clearly it is not intended to be a documentary, which is too bad because it would probably have been more interesting as such.

    Comment by Christine Taylor — March 31, 2008 @ 1:50 pm

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