Every Single Word.
I have previously discussed how rare it is to see People of Colour in leading roles in major films and TV series. I’ve highlighted and praised shows like the short-lived Selfie and Fresh off the Boat for going against the grain to have art reflect the multicultural world that we live in.
Since having raised those issues, I want each of you to think about the movies you have seen and the number of times you have seen minorities with speaking parts in the movies, let alone minorities at all. Dylan Marron, an actor and writer, has created a YouTube series boiling down movies to only show Every Single Word spoken by a person of colour. It’s sad to see that most of clips end up being less than a few minutes, exemplifying how rare speaking roles are for people of colour. It is dangerous to become apathetic about these issues.
Into the Woods
Marron told Mashable that, “The fantasy genre is one of the most unacceptable to me. You’re asking me to believe in magic, you’re asking me to believe in fairy tales…you are not beholden to any history accuracy.”
The Fault In Our Stars
In this John Green adaptation, there is only one person of colour, Ana Dela Cruz, who’s speaking parts make up less than a minute of the entire film. Marron reiterates that the film tells a universal story about love and loss, but then uses “whiteness as the default race,” as if people colour cannot take part in these universal stories. This is where the true harm lies.