Can Scarlett johansson and Writers Portray any Culture?

Can Scarlett johansson and Writers Portray any Culture?



hey everybody what's up it's Phil from Zaid comics I am the co-creator in writer of a magic cop a graphic novel relaunching next month August 2019 and I am just one half of the two best-looking brothers and all comics and today we're coming at you with a controversial topic here getting into some comic book talk and movie talk with Miguel ScarJo Scarlett Johansson recently came out in an interview talking about some of her films and the controversial roles she picks and how she feels about it and I kind of wanted to compare that to some comics and how writing comics writing characters in portraying characters kind of correlate a little bit wanted to throw that to all you guys so let's get right into it switch over here so ScarJo talking about her movies I actually saw some a really cool movie that they talked about in here under the skin I watched this this past weekend pretty cool if you guys haven't checked it out really interesting the the cinematic way that I mean you'll know what I'm talking about if you see it it's it's freaky but it was very enjoyable but she's talking about the controversy but the behind who she's portraying of course everyone loves her as Black Widow and the Avengers films but she was in that ghost in the shell' movie which I did not see not a huge anime fan I heard it wasn't that good some people liked it though but people though there's a huge controversy about her being cast as this anime character this manga character from ghost in the shell' and and and yeah I know nothing about the movie the anime but I do know I have a Japanese friend that is a big fan of the anime and well I don't I have a friend Brazilian friend that has a Japanese friend so it's a friend to a friend that enjoys the anime and the Brazilian friend asked the Japanese friend what they thought of this this whole uproar about Scarlett Johansson playing this this character from ghost in the shell and the Japanese friend said isn't that character white in the anime so so the perception in culturally is kind of weird seemingly the us here in America are in this big uproar about scarlet playing this character but to my knowledge in Japan they they think that this character is Caucasian I don't know I'm not I mean anime freaks me out you know I'm not huge I talk about Hannah Mae and that's you know I get shivers on my back it's it's not for me I'm a huge comic fan you know I respect the medium for people that like it sometimes a rag [Applause] so she also talks about this movie that she was gonna put it was like a biopic she was gonna portray a trans masculine male as we see right here in the film rub and tub it seems like she withdrew from it and basically this this part of the interview she's saying that she wants to be able to portray any character she's an actress she's an act or and she should be able to portray any character that someone hires her to portray I mean that's kind of the definition of an actor right you're acting as someone as you are not and you're convincing an audience that you are that that character and a lot of people got pissed off about this you can't you shouldn't all that stuff and and I mean actors have been doing this forever literally you're you're portraying someone you're not someone you've never met most of the times so most the times they're fictitious they're not even real and everyone got pissed off about this I mean no one made a stink when Jake Gyllenhaal you know portrayed a a gay cowboy and Brokeback Mountain that is what actors do even if it's uncomfortable for them they get in that mindset they embody that character and the method actors like like Mickey Rourke the guy they get down into it they become the embody that character and and yeah so here's a tweet when trans people are allowed to play any person when a predominant rule stop being right washed then Scarlett can have a moan well sir or madam I show you Exhibit A this right here character named Jericho from DC Comics this is an article talking about Titans the big show at the DC Universe network streaming service that you could you know subscribe to Titans did a pretty good first season and they're coming back for a season 2 which strong things should be coming back for season 2 you know what I'm saying but uh the character Jericho if you're not familiar with that character he is the son of Deathstroke maybe you'll be you know more familiar with him he's been in Batman video game has been a lot of you know animated series stuff like that so Deathstroke son Jericho is a gay character he's going to be in the second season of Titans and cast as this character is an actor by the name of Chawla man now if you guys don't know channel an is I did not know who Chellam man was but when this news broke I learned that Chama man is a deaf trans man who's both Chinese and Jewish so I mean that's if if they want more diversity I don't know if we give it to them but Chama man is a trans man playing a gay man on this show so all of Skaar Jose haters should be happy that there is a role out there and it is being played by a trans man a member of the LGBT community for Titans season 2 so I think Scarlett can moan a little bit and I wanted to talk about this because I wanted to compare it to me being a writer and writing comics and comic book characters and stuff like that but you guys didn't know I am an actor I am a thespian just as Scarlett Johansson in high school I portrayed the wizard from The Wizard of Oz yeah that's right even before that I was when I was a child I played one of the members of the lollipop guild in The Wizard of Oz now who I asked you has been in The Wizard of Oz twice and been the smallest member and the biggest member that's me right here in fact I still have the hat the Brandon my brother made to portray professor Marvel and the wizard insert picture of me in high school wearing the same hat and I'm a thespian I am a 100% thespian through and through I had the certificate I think I did go through this this number is ingrained in my memory I did went through the weird cultish ceremony on the stage of my high school where we each had candles and we lit the candles and I don't know if I'm a thespian or I sold my soul to the devil one of the two so I know a thing or two about acting and I think actors since it's in the word since before you know Shakespeare actors have portrayed characters that they are not and I think it's a way to put yourself into another culture shoes and other people's shoes new characters shoes I when I was in high school I was not a 70 year old balding man with with white hair but I did portray one professor Marvel yes and it was a fun time but I want to want to you know compare this situation the story to story telling as writers because writers kind of get a little flak about from this also in recent times writers not being of the cultural background of their characters and this has gone on forever since you know before the problem one that sticks out to me is Stanley when he was writing the Falcon one of the first african-american superheroes Jack Kirby when he was you know portraying or drawing the creating Black Panther and even you know Luke Cage was super popular on the neck from that his Netflix series and the defenders the Power Man very prominent black comic book character it was not created by african-americans so you as writers we learn to step outside of ourselves out of our cultural backgrounds and into other cultural backgrounds to tell stories that we want to tell that hopefully connect with that background and everyone else because we're trying to write stories that connect with everybody and not a specific type of person of any belief but you know putting those characters in there because we have a story to tell with them and I've felt kind of backlash even just talking to my friends people I know about characters that I'm excited about that I've created that I've written scripts for that I'm actually working on currently that I you know can't specifically identify with their cultural background there's gender and and they say oh you better be careful you know you don't want to make anyone mad you better do your research and it's kind of discouraging hearing that and I want to tell them like oh you know listen to this this is really cool about this character I have this story that I'm really excited about and they they're you know kind of jarred by it and then it you know takes me back out you know I I guess it's best to wait to get the stories out and see how they're you know received but you can't let people like that stop you from creating or you know pursuing your art and your passion because then you're just failing yourself and you know I'm not gonna let them do that in ScarJo you know it's hard she's in the limelight she's in the spotlight but she's an actress she's a professional she's hired because she has a big pull on her name to sell some tickets and she's passionate about the work she's doing she should do it now let's talk more about comics and another situation that relates to all of this and this is a comic book writer by the name of Christopher priest he was interviewed and pointing out some issues he has as a comic book writer dealing with the big two companies Marvel and DC owe a quote excerpt right here so I got a call from DC and they want to talk to me about doing a cyborg comic and I gave them the standard stump pitch I don't want to be a black writer when did I become a black writer I used to be the guy that wrote spider-man Deadpool Batman why am i no longer qualified to write those characters he says he's seemingly being typecast after a black panther so yeah I mean this is similar to that but kind of an opposite reaction the big company is trying to put this african-american writer who's written so many characters and they're trying to fit him into this small box saying oh yeah we got a job for you you can write Black Panther and you know that the company's doing that because they want to be like oh we got a black guy to write Black Panther and for priest sees it he points it out and he doesn't like any of it and it's stupid it's kind of the virtue signaling in the comic industry right now oh we have Iceman Iceman now is homosexual so we're gonna get a homosexual guy to write Iceman and after that tanks and gets canceled a few times then that writer is we don't want him to write anymore maybe because he wasn't a good writer in the first place or maybe for some other reasons but we want you know these specific people to write these specific characters and if you're a good writer same thing if you're a good actor you should be able to create write act anything and I think that's where ScarJo is coming from that's where Christopher priest is coming from and that's where I'm coming from people have been doing it for years and right now is it's it's a time where people are are fitting these characters these these writers and actors into boxes just to check mark them off for their company not because they really care about anything they don't care about real good stories they care about being polluted politically correct now I made this video because I wanted to compare those two aspects of writing comics acting and what we could do to you know make things better for for stories stuff like that I wonder what you guys think do you agree with me do you disagree with me do you think ScarJo should shouldn't be playing Black Widow because she's not Russian I mean what do you think do you think I looked super cute when I was in high school or and learn that a Wizard of Oz hat you tell me in the comments below hit that like button button if you want to see me wear that hat more in these videos tell me that too and if you guys haven't subscribed please subscribe bringing you some awesome content we just got over a hundred subs super excited and a month before we launched a magic cop which is which is 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3 Comments

  • Bridget D says:

    Love the hat, Love your reviews. Love that you are you. Great words of encouragement. 👍👍👏👏

  • Bridget D says:

    I totally agree, I think society has lost their minds. They dont realize how insulting it is to categorize people for only certain categories and act like they are doing something great or complementary. Just because they THINK it's the right thing to do. We are all much more then what our eyes see. And should be excepted as so. Anything opposite of this is just insulting.

  • 4 O'clock Vintage says:

    It seems to me that the same people that are outraged that red haired or white "ginger" characters are being changed to black characters are also supportive of a white actor playing any race. It seems one should either want full character consistency, be neutral, or want diversity. It shouldn't depend on which race, religion, sexuality, or gender a character is being changed to.

    Scarlett Johansson had to clarify herself:
    " I personally feel that, in an ideal world, any actor should be able to play anybody and [a]rt, in all forms, should be immune to political correctness. That is the point I was making, albeit didn’t come across that way,” Johansson’s statement read.
    “I recognize that in reality, there is a widespread discrepancy amongst my industry that favors Caucasian, cisgendered actors and that not every actor has been given the same opportunities that I have been privileged to,” she said. “I continue to support, and always have, diversity in every industry and will continue to fight for projects where everyone is included.”
    https://www.vox.com/culture/2019/7/16/20695075/scarlett-johansson-casting-controversy-response-political-correctness

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