May 20th, 2002

JOY

I'm sure I don't have to point this out to most of you

But this is perhaps the stupidest and most hypocritical thing I have ever heard: Jango Fett, while played by a non-hispanic, portrays negative stereotypes of hispanics.

Latino critics in particular charge his latest Star Wars epic, Episode II: Attack of the Clones, toys with American paranoia about Mexican immigration with its cloned army of swarthy lookalikes who march in lockstep by the tens of thousands, and ultimately end up serving as Darth Vader's white-suited warriors...Temuera Morrison, the actor who plays Jango, is a New Zealander of Maori descent. But that didn't get in the way of some members of an eight-person Detroit News panel assembled to review the film. "He looked totally Latino," says Martina Guzman, a Detroiter who's managing a State House election campaign.

The article goes on to accuse him of being Arab as well. Apparently, to this woman, all brown people look the same.

If I were Mr. Morrison, I'd be pissed.

I'm Armenian by heratige, and therefore olive-skinned. But since my last name ends in a vowel and I have a North Jersey accent, people tend to assume that I'm Italian. I'm not necessarily offended by this: I can see how the error is made, I have no problems with Italians, but Italian I am not. But no one has ever accused me that any of my actions reflect poorly on Italians, and if they did, I would not take it lightly.

This article speaks volumes. Everything from the "New Hope was too white" to "Attack of the Clones was both not diverse enough but featured too many brown people" to Sam Jackson's minor-yet-ass-kicking character didn't have enough lines...it's a masterpiece of modern hypocracy.
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