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Racists who hate Michael B. Jordan’s role as Johnny Storm should check Hollywood’s history of whitewashing

Fri., Feb. 21, 2014 1:22 PM EST
by A.R. Shaw

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Michael B. Jordan is catching backlash from racists who are upset over his upcoming role as Johnny Storm in the film Fantastic Four. The role of Johnny Storm has always been portrayed as white in the comic book series and in other previous films.

Some of the racists comments on Twitter include,”I know Michael B. Jordan’s a great actor. But he’s black and Johnny Storm is white”; “Not racist or anything, but having Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm is dumb”; “Why is Michael B. Jordan playing Johnny Storm, the character is white” and “Is anyone gonna talk about the fact that Michael B. Jordan is black, he can’t be Johnny Storm.”

The racism that has been aimed at Jordan is appalling. But while Jordan has received backlash for playing a white super hero, it’s highly likely that those who are upset weren’t outraged at Hollywood’s history of whitewashing.

Several examples of white actors playing minorities include, Johnny Depp’s portrayal of an American Indian in The Lone Ranger; Angelina Jolie’s portrayal of a black woman in A Mighty Heart; Jim Sturgess’ portrayal of an Asian-American in 21; and Jennifer Lawrence’s portrayal of a “non-white, with dark, olive skin” in The Hunger Games.

Furthermore, white filmmakers are often hired to create black-themed films without hiring black writers or producers. Recent examples of this include The Help, 42 and the upcoming Get On Up, the James Brown bio pic.

So while it may seem strange for a black man to play a white character in a movie, Hollywood is known to blur the lines in the favor of the majority when it comes to race.

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  • Kawayne Robertson

    Fuck them crackers. We deserve a black superhero

  • https://www.facebook.com/shakera.elrington Kera

    He’s gorgeous and I’m sure he’ll do a better job than any white person!

  • Jordan D. Johnson

    Now they know how we felt when they changed the Green Lantern’s race.

    • Elise Velazquez

      Technically a race would be like humans, not nationality…

      • Jordan D. Johnson

        Race has to do with appearance. Nationality is your nation of origin. Get it right.

        • Elise Velazquez

          Ok you do have me there, I just always use race for that not apperance. As for Green Lantern though Hal Jordan was the first human Green Lantern. That’s why in the Green Lantern movie there is no mention of John Stewart because he becomes a Green Lantern after that.

          • Jordan D. Johnson

            But the Green Lantern that society has known and accepted for years has been the African American one. So, it is outrageous for some people when the race of an iconic figure is suddenly switched, especially from black to white or vice versa.

          • Elise Velazquez

            The comics started with Alan Scott (white) in 1940, followed by Hal Jordan (white) in 1959, followed by Guy Gardner (looks white) in 1968, followed by John Stewart (black) 1972, followed by Kyle Rayner (looks white) 1994, followed by Simon Baz (lebanese) 2012.

          • Elise Velazquez

            The Green Lantern DC Comics Database http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Green_Lantern

            Forgot to put it in my previous post

          • Jordan D. Johnson

            I’m not talking about who came first, last or in between. My assertion is that the black Green Lantern is MOST RECOGNIZED in American society as the real Green Lantern. Save the names and dates; they are irrelevant to this conversation.

          • Elise Velazquez

            So all the kids that watched the Justice League that have Hal Jordan as the Green Lantern with they will recognize John Stewart?? I highly doubt that. Until I did my research on Green Lantern I also knew John Stewart as Green Lantern but once I learned there were others as Green Lantern I didn’t look at the color of the skin, I looked at the super hero as just that a super hero part of a league full of Green Lanterns that can be humans or a bunch of different species of Aliens. Older people that grew up reading the comics won’t recognize John Stewart as “The Green Lantern” he’ll just be one of the Lanterns.

          • Jordan D. Johnson

            You’re deviating from the focus of the debate. My argent is that the black Green Lantern is more recognized by my generation as the real Green Lantern. Your and my initial assumption was that the Green Lantern was intendedly black (regardless of what we later discovered, that’s what we believed). Similarly, in Hunger Games, Rue (correct my spelling if it’s wrong) was portrayed by the author as a girl with darker skin; however, several fans overlooked this detail and we’re shocked to see a black actress playing Rue in the film. They recognized Rue as white and we’re outraged to see her portrayed as anything else, especially the most contrasting race. The same scenario applies to this situation.

          • Elise Velazquez

            I love love love The Hunger Games. If they think Rue was white they obviously didn’t read the books. The books describe everyone’s physical description even to the skin tone except for Cinna. He is the only one that never had his skin color described which left it open for who they used in the movie. You did spell her name correctly by the way.

            I’m probably part of your generation & I stopped recognizing just John Stewart as Green Lantern. I recognize all of them as the real Green Lantern cause all of them at one point or another were a Green Lantern

          • Jordan D. Johnson

            Exactly, they overlooked that part of the reading unfortunately. Thank you for holding a respectful debate with me. I respect your opinion and I respect you as a person regardless of your ethnicity and nationality. It is rare that I debate with people who are intelligent enough to stray away from slanderous statements and stick to those of fact and reason. Best regards.

          • screw you

            you’re right. Facts are irrelevant to your irrational racism

          • Jordan D. Johnson

            I haven’t said or implied anything racist. You can use that term as a crutch if you want to but understand that my only argument is that the black Green Lantern is more recognized in my generation (by more than just black people) as the real Green Lantern.

          • Travis

            Nathan Fillion is the real Green Lantern.

          • Jordan D. Johnson

            Not at all.

          • Travis

            Why is my assertion of a “real” GL an opinion, but yours is a statement of cultural identity?

          • Jordan D. Johnson

            No, mine’s an opinion too. There’s no difference; my argument is that more people of my generation recognized the black Green Lantern as “real.”

    • Deacon Fisticuffs Parker

      Gf

  • You are all racists

    chastizing racism in an article only to have the comment section filled with racist comments. Good form internet.
    Also they never changed Green Lantern’s race. Hal Jordan has always been white, and John Stewart has always been black. There are several characters that go by the super hero alias of Green Lantern

  • Le sigh

    The problem I have with this is there are a lot of black super heroes. If Hollywood is so concerned with diversifying comic book movies, why not make a movie that has a black super hero rather than changing the stories people have come to know. Also, automatically labeling people that have an issue with Jordan being cast as Storm as racist is incredibly ignorant. Shame on the author of this article.

  • Lyric

    Can’t wait to see Micheal B. Jordan SHINE!!!!!!