Over the weekend, actress Michelle Rodriguez came across TMZ’s camera people in Hollywood and when asked if she was taking over the Green Lantern role, she gave an interesting reply.
“That’s the dumbest thing I ever heard,” she the reporter. “I think it’s so stupid because of this whole minorities in Hollywood thing. It’s so stupid. Stop stealing all the white people’s superheroes. Make up your own. What’s up with that?”
That comment was met with a ton of backlash online, especially since people have complained about Hollywood’s lack of diversity. Many people felt that as a Latina, Rodriguez’s comments were asinine and problematic. Rodriguez posted a video on Facebook to clarify her comments.
“I guess it got taken out of context, because a lot of people got offended or whatever,” she said. “What I really meant was that ultimately at the end of the day, there’s a language. And the language that you speak in Hollywood is successful franchise. And I think there are many cultures in Hollywood that are not white that can come up with their own mythology. I think it’s time for us to write our own mythology.”
On one hand, we all know Hollywood is lazy. So turning a white superhero character into a female or non-white character is the easy way out, and doesn’t require Hollywood to actually ‘make’ something new. Hollywood is known for reinventing the wheel with remakes, reboots, and stealing from other countries.
But on the other hand, until Hollywood actually gets some type of originality, I’m all for reboots and remakes using women and people of color in the roles. But don’t hold your breath for Hollywood to all of a sudden become filled with originality. Until then, we’re stuck with Rodriguez playing the same type of roles, in a black tank top.
Image Credit: Michelle Rodriguez Twitter