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A great solution to this would be not using a racist caricature as the villain. >
In the Iron Man comic books, The Mandarin is a Chinese exile bent on revenge. In Iron Man 3, he’s Ben Kingsley — decidedly not Chinese. “It’s less about his specific ethnicity than the symbolism of various cultures and iconography that he perverts for his own end,” Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige says.
Here’s a first look at the character — thoughts?
On the one hand, I like the acknowledgement that this character specifically perverts iconography and that’s part of the reason why he’s a bad dude. But this also kind of smacks of classic Orientalism, which is way less than cool.
my initial reaction is pretty viscerally negative, just based on casting.
the only way this might be anything like alright is if they overtly acknowledge it within the movie:
Mandarin, being an Asian villain from comics’ Golden Age, is a horrendous racist characature. They’re possibly trying to avoid this by casting a non-Asian actor, buuuut this could still be pretty awful.
there’s ways it might not be awful, but you know, probably not.
Funny how that thought never seems to cross the mind
Why is Ben Kingsley all the Asians?
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Happy April Fool’s Day!
Take a Drink Whenever
- A gun is fired
- Iron Man flies
- The suit malfunctions
- Tony Stark puts the suit on or takes it off
Take a Drink When You See
- The word “Stark”
- Someone drinking
- Something explode
- A hologram or heads-up display
Take a Drink When Someone Says
- “arc” or “reactor”
Chug Your Drink Whenever
- Someone says, “I am Iron Man.”
TRIGGER WARNING FOR IRON MAN AND ALCOHOL PLEASE.
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Is this as dirty to anyone else as it is to me?
Does Tony ever have to be asked to get out of any other sweet tasty rings?
and this is why we can’t have nice things
March 29, 2012: