Everyone who is going crazy and is upset about Rooney Mara is totally messed up. Calling her racist, in today’s society that is everyone’s favorite word. Lots of people use or call others racist it seems like more than ever. How is Rooney racist ??? She’s a actress and a damn good one have you seen her movies?? She was in talks for the role and she was picked for the part what’s wrong with that? So she auditions for a part and is picked because she fit the role in the casters eyes. If they had native Americans audition for the part she out preformed them. So if that happened then we should dismiss the person who acted best just cause she’s white? That’s wrong because if you perform best and get pushed to the side that is not fair to the actor or actress. Today there is so much concern to hire minorities in all professions today. So much so that in some jobs minorities are picked just for the fear of being called racist or sued for discrimination. That probably doesn’t apply to Hollywood the same way but in other jobs it happens. That is wrong the best people for the job should be hired despite their background or color of there skin.
Oh Rooney Mara doesn’t need this movie she’s so well off. Wow people just cause she is a Hollywood actress and wealthy we attack her for it. How many people want to do well financially in life ? Why do we attack others for being wealthy ????? Lots of people condemn the wealthy and it makes me sick. People work hard and get rewarded. Rooney’s acting is amazing she works hard and is phenomenal at acting. So people seek her out based on her performances and skills what’s wrong with that ? Nothing is wrong with it !
So everyone pissed off about her playing the role of Tiger Lily stop attacking Rooney.
By the way Rooney is part of Faces of Kibera that’s a part of the Uweza Foundation which goes to Kibera a slum neighborhood that is in the city of Nairobi that’s the capital city of Kenya. She is president of the foundation and sits on the board.
I have a major problem with both sides of the argument.
First, and I think most importantly, it’s very important to know that Hollywood (using this as a blanket term for the Film Industry in the United States) is incredibly nepotistic, thus making it difficult and sometimes impossible for people to break into larger roles. From what I observe, this doesn’t seem to be a secret in Hollywood. Moreover, decisions in the industry are seldom made because an actor “fits the role” or on the basis of merit. Sure, she probably had decent acting chops in the audition, but that’s not the whole picture. Obviously, in such a capitalist industry, we are compelled follow the money. Mara is attractive and a talented actor and will no doubt do what she does best: attract. I wholly disagree that if this film is, in fact, true to the original story (not even sure how true it is to begin with, more on that later), she is the best racial fit. This problematic depiction seems to be part of a larger trend in Hollywood to whitewash characters of color. I completely agree with this. **Also it’s part of Hollywood’s mission to objectify and marginalize women, but that’s another post!
I don’t think the backlash towards her taking of the role is undeserved, for the most part, and it absolutely has nothing to do with her having any modicum of success, talent, or money, as the OP argued.
HOWEVER: looking at the first few responses to this post, I am disgusted. Most importantly—I feel this doesn’t necessarily negate the larger issue these individuals are abysmally hinting at—the responses are completely antithetical to any equality movement I would ever want to be a part of. “You’re stupid and don’t matter”. I’m going to border on crassness for a moment because I’m baffled at the sheer hypocrisy of the comment: Get your fucking act together. Figure it out: before you speak, consider if it’s a worthwhile thing to waste precious Internet space on. Does it have value? Does it effectively promote tenets of egalitarianism? Spoiler alert: it doesn’t. If you want to make a difference, give a damn. Do not hesitate to educate, but make sure you embody the supposed principles by which you stand before you pass such harsh judgement. Maybe it’s because I know the guy who posted this personally that I can state for a fact he is not intentionally trying to be “racist”, however I understand that his perspective—while utterly contrary to mine—is part of a larger, systemic problem. Again, while I disagree, I feel it is my job to educate him in a respectful manner. We must attack the systemic problems and educate individuals who may be ignorant or overlook (not always intentionally!) the larger problems at play.
And here’s why I’m not going to jump to any conclusions and call anyone racist before the facts are out: This Hook film is supposed to be an adaptation. I have absolutely no interest in the film whatsoever and don’t plan on watching it either way, but a quick Google search and multiple, credible sources corroborate the important fact that this film is an adaptation. That’s important, artistic license and such. Perhaps the role of Tiger Lilly has been rewritten. We just don’t know all the facts yet. If a rewrite is the case, then I think it’s unfair to condemn Mara’s choice to audition for the role and commit to her role. If you want to call someone racist to meet your daily “social justice” quota, point the finger at the director/writer (whoever that is, I can’t really be bothered to look it up at the moment).
I feel parts of the social justice movement on Tumblr can be very acidic and ineffective at times. Don’t jump to conclusions. Don’t assume that an imagined throne of ethical “righteousness” makes you infallible. We really need to be informed citizens, consider all of the facts; consider all of the perspectives, be educators, and get more people on “our side”. We are not in any position to alienate a single person. We can’t be petty gossip columnists. Lord knows, we’ve got enough of those.
I feel both sides of the argument can learn from this. Let’s be friends.