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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Cinema in Noir": Mindy Kaling's Controversial Comments on Diversity, A Q&A With Director Rodney Evans And Shemar Moore on All-Black Casts

This last week has been the week of foot-in-mouth comments from various actors of colors, and we discussed all of it on tonight's "Cinema in Noir" podcast.

First off, Mindy Kaling, creator/writer/star of "The Mindy Project," was recently celebrated in the Hollywood issue of Entertainment Weekly. While the piece gushes over all her accomplishments, which is certainly justified, some of her comments rubbed audiences the wrong way. You may remember this post I wrote about Kaling's lack of diversity and distance from anything racial unless it's in a mocking way. The actress responds to similar criticism by saying the following:

"Do people really wonder on other shows if female leads are dating multicultural people” she asks. “Like I owe it to every race and minority and beleaguered person. I have to become the United Nations of shows?"

This is one of those cases where it's not exactly what is being said rather than how it's being stated. The ladies and I dissect her comments in a segment you won't want to miss.

We also chat with Rodney Evans, director of the upcoming film, The Happy Sad (in theaters Friday).
He discusses the stereotypes of depicting sexuality in films and how his film crosses the gender, race and sexuality barriers. A really interesting chat for sure.
Also under our They Said What? segment is Shemar Moore, who recently stated that all-black casts are more difficult to market. He tells Shadow and Act, "If every character in the movie is black, it’s going to be looked at as a black movie and that might alienate other people from going to see it."

This isn't an altogether false statement, but folks are up in arms about it so of course we had to talk about it.

Oscar winner Rita Moreno spoke out about how Hollywood has failed to cast Latino actors and actresses in 'award-worthy' roles in an upcoming PBS documentary detailed in a Huffington Post piece. And we can hardly disagree with her. While there are certainly talented Latino actors out there, many are not being used to to their full potential.

Speaking of which, the always more-your-money actor Diego Luna makes a brief appearance in the number one movie in America, Elysium, which Rebecca reviewed on the show. Rebecca also enlightened us to the fact that the film's star Matt Damon was playing a Latino actor. Um, what?

I also reviewed In a World... right before we went into our film/TV news of the week.

Missed the show? Catch it online here.

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