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Monday, April 4, 2016

Hamilton's "Controversial" Casting Call, Batman v Superman Fandom, and White Male Rage

Has anyone else noticed the increasingly popular trend of white male rage on social media? Whether it's white male movie fans who've actually said that Hollywood is "prejudice against older white male characters," white male critics who just hate the idea of anyone else having an opinion, and (most recently) white men who are vexed about the Hamilton musical casting call for "non-white actors," the Internet has become a strange place. And all of it seems to be on account of something called white male oppression.

I know, that's an odd and uncomfortable concept to swallow given the fact that it's completely fabricated and oxymoronic (or really, just moronic). But it gives white men yet another platform that they otherwise weren't a part of: exclusion. And that was just the basis of Sunday night's epic episode of "Cinema in Noir." You see, in just the last week, a white male critic at Variety was in his feelings because negative reviews (many from white male critics like himself) were devalued, resulting in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice seizing the #1 slot at the box office two weeks in a row. And on the Broadway side, members of the Actors' Equity are outraged over Hamilton's search for diverse casting, saying each role "should be open to anyone" (read: white actors should not be excluded in anything ever, even though non-white actors are excluded all the time. Sigh). White male rage is real, y'all. And it is baffling.

You can listen to the full episode here, which also features Shaun Lau's (No Totally! podcast) take on Asian representation in the second season of Daredevil:


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