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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Where Are All The Great Female Antiheroes of Color?

I know there's been a lot of talk about female antiheroes and the lack of complex roles for women, but it seems to be even more of a challenge for actresses of color. On top of how difficult it is for them to make waves in Hollywood, especially in roles that aren't stereotypical, they must also contend with the backlash they receive from audiences who are uneasy with the idea of an actress of color portraying a character of moral ambiguity. It's a thin line to cross that usually results in seeing actresses of color marginalized in a smaller variety of roles.

So I posed the following question to my fellow Cinema in Noir co-hosts today: where are all the great female antiheroes of color? Needless to say, we were hard pressed to come up with many. But we did come up with a few notable ones, including Coffy, Gail and Miho from Sin City, and the lovely ladies on Orange is the New Black. It sounds like Jada Pinkett Smith's upcoming role as a kickass mob boss on a new Batman-inspired series, Gotham, may be in the running soon as well. Who are some of your favorite female antiheroes of color?

We also discussed race-bending and Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm in the upcoming Fantastic Four. We mentioned this on the show a few months ago when Jordan was still "in talks" for the role, but go deeper into the topic on today's podcast. I'm still concerned about the fact that they are attempting this movie again when the last two were so, so bad (and also featured Latina actress Jessica Alba as a Caucasian Sue Storm, but nobody cared about that). But anyway, while fanboys debate among themselves, Michael B. Jordan is counting his dollars.

Missed the show? Listen to the full episode here.


Brittani Burnham said...

Latina Jessica Alba wouldn't have been so bad if they didn't try so hard to make her look "white." The blonde hair and blue contacts were awful. (So was her acting, but that's another story)

This is a good point though, I can't think of any outside of Sin City.

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