This is why I don’t blame Cumberbatch himself for taking the role: by all accounts, at the time he signed the contract, he didn’t know his character’s real identity.
(Actually I try not to blame actors in general for taking parts, unless they’re in a position where they can pick and choose their roles, Johnny Depp. People gotta pay the rent, after all. I save my side eye for when they’re actively stupid, like Jackson Rathbone saying all he needed to play Sokka was a tan.)
That is a thing I did not know! Yaaay I have a reason to be less irritated with Cumberbatch, which is nice, because I’m spending too much time irritated with JJ Abrams-related things lately.
I was disgusted to find this out, to be honest. The whole thing continues to smack of JJ knowing he’d done a bad thing, giving no shits, and actively undercutting the ability of fans/consumers to make an informed decision about their purchase.
Yeah, I don’t have a beef with Cumberbatch on this—it’s Abrams I’m not happy with here.
I love Kickstarter. I think that’s clear to people who know me by now? I love it. There’s a dude named Brad Muir and he works at Double Fine and I love the games they make, so much. But before Kickstarter, every time a Double Fine game came out I was a little worried it…
This seriously pisses me off because TWO men of the “correct” ethnicity/race were asked to play the role of Khan. I don’t remember their names because this back when Into Darkness was in casting yo but they BOTH DECLINED.
So there’s a HUGE difference between “well, we asked the best in the business and they both said no, so we should go with another actor of the ‘incorrect’ race who is also very well suited for the role” and doing what the Hunger Games did which is literally only let white girls audition for Katniss.
When actors decline there is fuckall you can do. It’s shitty, no doubt, that Khan ended up being white, but BC did a great job in the role, while knowing he was third choice. I won’t begrudge him for taking it, and I won’t begrudge the casting crew for going with him after their best actors declined.
In one recent study, more than 100 university psychologists were asked to rate the CVs of Dr. Karen Miller or Dr. Brian Miller, fictitious applicants for an academic tenure-track job. The CVs were identical, apart from the name. Yet strangely, the male Dr. Miller was perceived (by both male and female reviewers) to have better research, teaching, and service experience than the luckless female Dr. Miller. Overall, about three-quarters of the psychologists thought that Dr. Brian was hirable, while only just under half had the same confidence in Dr. Karen. The same researchers also sent out applications for the position of tenured professor, again identical but for the male and female name at the top. This time, the application was so strong that most of the raters thought that tenure was deserved, regardless of sex. However, the endorsement of Karen’s application was four times more likely to be accompanied by cautionary caveats scrawled in the margins of the questionnaire: such as, ‘I would need to see evidence that she had gotten these grants and publications on her own’ and ‘We would have to see her job talk.’
Cordelia Fine, Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference (via cockchomp)
Aa an initial reaction… This kind of seems like a terrible plan so far as the logistics of executing it at an anime convention and at that particular convention center and the typical in and out behaviors involved at this particular con. I’m really hoping the elaborate on this because it seems like the potential for a clusterfuck is high.
What do they mean by “points of entry”? Panel rooms? Dealers hall? The convention center itself with more than a dozen multi door entrances spread all over the convention center (that I can think of offhand) used frequently by attendees, staffers, roving unbadged attendees, etc. None of these are really low traffic and bottlenecking them to one or two doors given how bad the heat gets during AX?
How thorough will these bag checks be? At what size does a bag necessitate checking? Does this mean theere will be a limit on what bags can be carried? Cosplayers (a major presence at AX) tend to have props that double as “bags” and aren’t designed to be manhandled by a stranger nor removed from the cosplayer’s body without major disrobing.
What are these checks looking for? What is going to be prohibited?
What is the policy if a prohibited item is found?
Do you really think 2 weeks notice and only on Twitter is a sufficient announcement?
So far whomever runs the twitter account has not clarified this at all.