Michelle Rodríguez: Minority Actors Should “Stop Stealing” White Superheroes


Not everyone is on board with diversity casting for traditionally white superhero roles.

Michelle Rodriguez, who will soon be seen in Furious 7, told TMZ that minority actors deserve their own characters, rather than playing white characters.

“Because of this whole ‘minorities in Hollywood’ thing … it’s so stupid,” said the 36-year-old actress, whose mother is from the Dominican Republic and father is Puerto Rican. “Stop stealing all the white people’s superheroes. Make up your own.”

Rodriguez was also asked about a reported Internet rumor that she may appear in Warner Bros.’new Green Lantern film, slated for a 2020 release, to which she replied: “That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.”

On Saturday, Rodriguez posted a video to Facebook explaining her remarks, apologizing “if [they] came off rude or stupid” and saying her quote about “stealing” was taken out of context.

In the video, she added: “It’s not about taking Catwoman or Superman or Green Lantern … and trying to make them fit to whatever cultural background you are. I just feel like it should be more creative than that, and I think that people need to stop being lazy.”

Diversity in TV and film has been a hot-button issue lately, with #OscarsSoWhite trending after this year’s slate of Academy Award nominees was comprised only of white actors.

Several roles that were initially conceived in comic books as white characters have been recently played on film by black actors, including Samuel L. Jackson embodying Nick Fury in the Marvel films and Michael B. Jordan as the Human Torch in the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot.

For the original report go to http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/furious-7s-michelle-rodriguez-superhero-778430

One thought on “Michelle Rodríguez: Minority Actors Should “Stop Stealing” White Superheroes

  1. These characters were created amongst a culture that prided themselves on being racist, misogynistic, and homophobic. Thus they were made white males as a reflection of this and had nothing to do with who they actually were as a person. Switching the races and genders to reflect the current attitude changes is welcome because its fixing a tainted legacy. and she also has no clue what she’s talking about because there’s a comic version of a Latina green lantern who’s story is pretty fucking awesome.

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