5 Incredibly Insulting Defenses of Nerd Racism


‘It Ruins the Authenticity’

Some people are actually arguing that casting Black actors for characters that were once white will ruin the authenticity of the original story. This argument is problematic for many reasons. The races and appearances of these fictional characters have been changing for years, but no controversy was ever sparked until they were changing to Black. For example, there wasn’t much fuss when Lynda Carter, an actress who has a Hispanic mother and an Irish father, was cast to play Wonder Woman, an Amazonian warrior whose Greek mother carved her out of clay. Needless to say, every actress after Carter who played Wonder Woman had a different cultural background, but there was no argument that the constantly changing ethnic backgrounds of the women were ruining Wonder Woman’s authenticity. Even more recently, Star Wars fans criticized the trailer for the upcoming film for the appearance of what seems to be a Black stormtrooper. While many argued that the Black man ruined the authenticity of the film and the overall image of what a stormtrooper is supposed to be, these criticisms ignored the fact that stormtroopers were originally of Maori descent to begin with.

5 Replies to “5 Incredibly Insulting Defenses of Nerd Racism”

  1. One thing about #5 ‘So Why Don’t You Make Black Characters White?’ is like when whites call BET and Black History Month racist. People who make these arguments ignore the fact that Blacks don't the get the recognition they deserve while their race gets the abundance of exposure in all categories

  2. My only disagreement would be the mention of comic fans only ranting and raving about changes when a white character is made white. Comic fans rage over any changes, ie: kryptonite not existing in the new superman, bane being whatever he was instead of Mexican in the new batman series, deadpool beings turned into whatever the fuck he was in the wolverine movie, or every single change to the fantastic 4 OTHER than a black human torch in the upcoming film. And those are just a few examples, not all comic nerds are racists, we're just a stickler for proper representation of comic lore lol. IDC what race the characters are personally, but cmon…bane was a fucking luchadore not a terrorist lol

  3. Um about the Black Johnny Storm and white sister ther are people who have twins one white and one black So why is it so far fetched

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