Tiffany I’m extremely disappointed in you. This is a joke to you. You’ve been through anger management, you’ve been through your grandmother getting her lights turned off to buy you a swimsuit for this competition, and you go over there and you joke and you laugh? This is serious to these girls, and this should be serious to you.
You’re not sick of being disappointed, if you were sick of being disappointed you’d stand up and you’d take control of your destiny. Did you know that you had a possibility to win, did you know that all of america is rootin for you, do you know that? and then you come in here and treat this like a joke? you come in here and look at that and say “I can’t read that” you read 10 times better than half of those girls over there, and you come in here with a defeatist attitude.
This is not… this is not… Be quiet Tiffany, Be quiet. What is wrong with you? STOP IT
I HAVE NEVER IN MY LIFE YELLED AT A GIRL LIKE THIS. WHEN MY MOTHER YELLED LIKE THIS IT’S BECAUSE SHE LOVES ME. I WAS ROOTIN FOR YOU WE WERE ALL ROOTIN FOR YOU HOW DARE YOU. LEARN SOMETHIN FROM THIS. WHEN YOU GO TO BED AT NIGHT YOU LAY THERE AND YOU TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOURSELF, BECAUSE NOBODY’S GONNA TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOU. YOU ROLLIN YOUR EYES AND YOU ACT LIKE THIS BECAUSE YOU’VE HEARD IT ALL BEFORE. YOU’VE HEARD IT ALL BEFORE. YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE THE HELL I COME FROM, YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I’VE BEEN THROUGH. BUT I’M NOT A VICTIM I GROW FROM IT AND I LEARN.
TAKE RESPONSIBLITY FOR YOURSELF.
To those who say that whitewashing in Hollywood isn’t a thing:
- Irene from the movie Drive was Latina in the original novel, and her name was Irina. Carey Mulligan, a white woman, was cast in the part without an audition.
- The movie A Beautiful Mind is based on a true story. In real life, however, Alicia Nash, John Nash’s wife, is from El Salvador. She was portrayed in the film by Jennifer Connolly, a white woman.
- 30 Days of Night was based on a comic book miniseries. In the comics, however, the main character, Eben Olemaun, is an Inuit man. Futhermore, the town of Barrow, Alaska is described as being 57% Native American, 22% White, and yet in the movie, only one Inuit character was featured. You can’t tell me that all of those Caucasian extras were hired on acting ability, they don’t even talk.
- The movie 21 is based on a true story, in which most of the participants of the casino scam were Asian-American. In the movie, however, the main characters were white, and the Asian-American characters were poorly developed and badly written.
- They cast a white kid as Goku in Dragonball.Seriously. That happened.
- Dastan from Prince of Persia should have been, shocking, a Persian guy. Or, more specifically, probably Iranian. He was instead portrayed by Jake Gyllenhaal, who is white. Nobody in the movie was actually Middle Eastern, if I’m not mistaken, and the movie took place in the middle of the goddamn Persian Empire, where there probably weren’t a whole lot of white people walking around. Just sayin’.
- In Isaac Marion’s book Warm Bodies, Nora was half-Ethiopian. In the movie, she’s white.
- Every single person in the goddamn The Last Airbender movie should have been Asian. The entire series was based on Asian mythologies, borrowed heavily from Asian culture, and should have been immensely culturally diverse. Instead, all of the main characters were white, except for the villains. The characters who hailed from the Fire Nation, particularly Prince Zuko, Commander Zhao, and General Iroh, were portrayed by Indian people.
- Katniss Everdeen, Gale Hawthorne, and a large portion of the other inhabitants of the Seam were described as being “olive-skinned, black-haired, and gray-eyed.” Katniss and Seeder, the Tribute from District 11, were described in the books as having similar skin tones, and Seeder was portrayed in the movie as a black woman. Even then, the casting call sent out for Katniss sought out a Caucasian actress. They didn’t even consider women that actually fit the description of Katniss from the books.
But, I mean, the best actor always wins out, right? Whitewashing is a myth, right, it doesn’t actually happen.
- Angel Coulby, a black woman, was heavily criticized for portraying Guinevere in Merlin, a character traditionally played by a white woman. She did audition for this part.
- Donald Glover, a black man, received ridiculous amounts of scrutiny and negative attention for being linked to the part of Peter Parker, a traditionally white character.
But it’s their talent that matters, right?
Nobody’s criticizing Benedict Cumberbatch, especially not after learning that he was basically duped into accepting the part of Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness. Dude’s crazy talented. He’ll probably win an Oscar for something or another eventually.
The crazy talented Indian actor who could have played Khan, a Northern Indian character, and received mainstream exposure and a possible launchpad for his career, however? He won’t.
11:08 PM EST
Like, ugh, sorry for the sap but I’m at a really happy place in life right now and I need somewhere to let out my built up excitement. hhh
One of my boyfriend’s friends pulled me aside at a party last night to tell me that when we initially met a couple of months ago, she started talking to me a lot because my boyfriend (before we started dating obviously) was too nervous to know how to start a conversation with me so she took it upon herself to play wingman and get me to talk about myself and my interests etc. so I’d be comfortable around them. And how she really liked me even back then, and how she was glad that I finally ended up with my boyfriend.
And the whole time she was telling me this I was nodding and “aww”-ing and shivering my ass off because I went outside with them during a smoke break. But inside I was like sobbing rainbow tears and puking kittens and I should be writing an essay but I keep thinking about how sweet that conversation was and aghhhh.