gmalivuk wrote:You're begging the question by assuming it's risky in the first place.
No, I'm stating a possibility. Providing an alternative theme to your racist theme. I have no way of knowing if HP is racist or not. I state though, that the relative makeup of that cast is a poor indicator. And that the race breakdown of the cast is what you might expect from a casting director trying to balance the cast with an eye on the makeup of society overall.
gmalivuk wrote:Yes, that might be how producers and publishers and bookstores rationalize their racism, but it doesn't mean it's true.
Your default is that what you see indicates racism. My default view is that if what you see is racist, or sexist, speaks more to what happens off camera and to the demographic you chase than what you see happening before your eyes.
gmalivuk wrote:Edit: If it is such a risk, why haven't other shows with PoC characters in interracial relationships failed? If TOS wasn't successful because of Uhura, why didn't I Love Lucy fail? Why is Elementary so successful, beating out even Game of Thrones, if audiences are really put off by a WoC main character? It's too bad no one watched the Last Airbender with all its canonically nonwhite characters, so the movie version had to be all Caucasion to be so much more well received...
TOS didn't fail just because of one black cast member however in the years when it was made, you can be sure some members of a captive audience didn't watch it because of it. Desi Arnez looked white, nuff said. Had he been of Mayan descent you may have see a less successful run. Lucy Liu brought an established brand to the table. An consider that they chose the safe course, what if Holmes had been a blond female and Watson had been a Chinese male? And the show is more popular than Thrones simply because it is more accessible. I suspect if Thones was to air as is on commercial TV it would blow Elementary out, assuming that mommies and daddies allowed the babies to watch.(disclosure, I watch neither, I have seen more than enough pablum)
gmalivuk wrote:I'm not talking about tokenism, either, and you can't change that just by declaring otherwise.
Then I'm not sure what your point is. We have long since passed the point where we need to count heads, race wise(although I bet that casting directors do so) for background characters.
In 1968 a movie called Guess Who's Coming to Dinner ran. It was about an interracial couple, black male and young blond. Great movie. Made lots of money. Look at the awards it won, 2 Oscars, 9 nominations, nominated for a bunch of Golden Globes, and won two BAFTA's. Sidney Poitier might as well have been invisible(he was the guess who). King was assassinated that year. That is racism.
gmalivuk wrote:But it's also simply not true, as I pointed out previously with the top-grossing actors and movies. If people just enjoy white actors more, why is Will Smith in more of the top-grossing movies than anyone else?
Because he has good numbers. They would put a rutting Billy Goat in the lead if they thought that they could make money. But no movie is representative of anything other than the demographic it is targeted at. Was Star Wars racist?