Studio Exec Who Called You Racist For Not Liking ‘Fantastic Four’ Refused to Make Invisible Girl Black
If you remember when 2015’s Fantastic Four was being marketed, there were some objections to Michael B Jordan being cast as the Human Torch, a traditionally white character previously played by Chris Evans, objections such as “Why is he black and his sister isn’t?” or “This movie is terrible regardless of the races of the cast, I want my $12 back.”
Now writer-Director Josh Trank says that he pushed for the Invisible Woman, the Human Torch’s sister, to be black as well but was met with resistance from the studio.
“There were a lot of controversial conversations that were had behind the scenes on that. I was mostly interested in a black Sue Storm, a black Johnny Storm, and a black Franklin Storm,” Trank says. “But when you’re dealing with a studio on a massive movie like that, everybody wants to keep an open mind to who the big stars are going to be….When it came down to it, I found a lot of pretty heavy pushback on casting a black woman in that role.”
Trank expressed regret that he did not stand up to the studio on the casting issue. “When I look back on that, I should have just walked when that realization hit me, and I feel embarrassed about that, that I didn’t just out of principle,” he said. “Because those aren’t the values I stand for in my own life, and those weren’t the values then or ever for me. Because I’m somebody who always talks about standing up for what I believe in, even if it means burning my career out, and I feel bad that I didn’t take it to the mat with that issue. I feel like I failed in that regard.”
There’s a lot of speculation about why the studio was so adamant the Sue Storm be white despite casting a black actor as Johnny Storm with no explanation as to why the siblings are different races, but I’m pretty sure I know the reason; Sue Storm is the girlfriend and eventually wife of Mr. Fantastic and the studio didn’t want an interracial couple at the center of what was supposed to be a tentpole film.
The problem, however, is that the studio seemed to be behind a guerrilla marketing campaign calling anyone who didn’t want to see it a racist because they cast a black actor in it, much like the marketing of other terrible movies like 2016’s Ghostbusters or Captain Marvel. Yeah, the racist shoe is on the other foot now, isn’t it, giant movie studio who pretends to care about social issues to improve your public reputation?
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Kailyn Lowry has not exactly been lucky in love.
In fact, we've seen several of her relationships crash and burn, thanks to the magic of reality television.
A handful of Kailyn's former loves have appeared on Teen Mom 2 -- Jo Rivera's been there since the beginning, of course, since he's the father of her first child, Isaac.
Jo and Kailyn weren't right for each other and there have been several times that they weren't even nice to each other.
We saw her date that guy Jordan for a while, remember? She ended up cheating on him with Jo.
Not too long after that, she started seeing Javi Marroquin, and they even got married.
They had one child together, Lincoln, and then they decided to end things.
Things got a little messy here, because Chris Lopez entered the picture before the divorce was finalized -- she recently admitted to cheating on Javi with Chris.
She got pregnant with Lux, then she and Chris did this whole thing where they'd be together for a little bit, then they'd hate each other for a while, then maybe they'd hook up some, then they'd be in love again before starting the whole cycle over.
It's been exhausting to watch, we can't imagine what's it like to actually experience.
During one of her breaks from Chris, she got romantic with a friend named Dom Potter, but that was short-lived.
That happened towards the end of 2017, and since then, it's seemed like she's been pretty stuck on Chris.
So stuck that she's currently pregnant with his child. Again.
Despite the pregnancy, they're currently on bad terms.
We think, anyway. It's kind of hard to keep up with these two.
But based what Kail said in a new interview, it's probably pretty safe to say that things have never been worse between them.
The interview was done with a couple of her friends who have a new web show, and the whole thing was a series of "woud you rather" questions.
The first question was "would you rather have six kids or six dogs?", and our girl Kailyn didn't hesitate for a minute -- "Six kids, easy," she answered.
"At least a child sh-ts in a diaper" was her argument.
Another question was "would you rather never find love or be broke forever?", and again, she was quick to answer.
"Never find love," she said. "Easy. I don't have love now, never had it. Don't know what that is. Never experienced that."
Most of the questions were pretty typical for this kind of game -- "would you rather have no arms or no legs?", that kind of thing.
But the last question was "Would you rather spend one night with your most hated ex or live on the street for a week?"
Kail was able to answer this question more quickly than any other one. She actually said "no" after the first half of the question!
When she heard both choices, she confirmed that she'd rather sleep on the street for a week.
While talking about it, one of her friends said that she doesn't hate any of her exes, and Kailyn said "You don't? I don't hate any of them. Just one, maybe two. One girl and one guy."
"I hate them," she continued, before correcting herself with "Hate is a very strong word. Dislike ... am annoyed by."
Her friend pointed out that the question never said that you'd have to sleep in the same bed as your ex, but she stuck to her guns, saying that being homeless for a week "would build character."
She never mentioned any names, but it shouldn't be too hard to guess who she's talking about here, right?
For the female ex she hates, we could see it being Dom Potter -- she did say some pretty nasty things after their breakup.
As for the male ex, that's a little more complicated.
She's usually on pretty good terms with Jo, so he's out of the running.
She could be talking about Javi, although they both attended a football game of Lincoln's today, so they might be getting along right now.
Our money would have to be on Chris -- if we had to guess, we'd say that he's her most hated male ex.
And not only does she hate him, she hates him so much that she'd rather spend an entire week living on the street than spend one night under the same roof as him.
Guess this drama is going to drag on for a bit longer, huh?
J.K. Rowling is responsible for the most popular book series of all-time.
But the author is anything but popular on social media at the moment.
On Saturday afternoon, the 54-year-old writer posted an opinion article from a global health website titled "Creating a More Equal Post-COVID-19 World for People Who Menstruate" to Twitter.
She then shared her confusion and apparent annooyance over the phrase "people who menstruate."
"I'm sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out," Rowling wrote for her first Tweet on the topic, adding:
"Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?"
The DevEx article in question outlined the "many gendered aspects of the pandemic, including increased vulnerabilities to gender-based violence during lockdowns, and the risks faced by primary caretakers."
The article explained that an estimated 1.8 billion girls, women and gender non-binary persons menstruate.
The article added:
This "has not stopped because of the pandemic" and still require the necessary "menstrual materials, safe access to toilets, soap, water and private spaces in the face of lockdown living conditions that have eliminated privacy for many populations."
So, where's the controversy here?
It lies in Rowling stating for her official record that only women menstruate... ignoring transgender individuals in her critique of this article's premise.
Survivor's Zeke Smith, who was outed on Season 34 as a transgender man, for example, replied to the author as follows:
"Hi! I'm a man! I menstruate! Stop being an a--hole!"
Others on Twitter also slammed Rowling’s comments as “anti-trans” and “transphobic” because transgender people, non-binary people and gender-nonconforming people can also menstruate.
But Rowling only doubled down on her stance.
"If sex isn't real, there's no same-sex attraction," she wrote.
"If sex isn't real, the lived reality of women globally is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives.
"It isn't hate to speak the truth."
Rowling went on to say that she respects trans people’s right to live comfortably -- and later struck out at people calling her a TERF, which stands for a trans-exclusionary radical feminist.
"I respect every trans person’s right to live any way that feels authentic and comfortable to them."
"I’d march with you if you were discriminated against on the basis of being trans.
"At the same time, my life has been shaped by being female. I do not believe it’s hateful to say so."
Rowling continues to hear it from all corners and critics, however.
The LGBTQ rights organization GLAAD responded to Rowling’s remarks by saying the author has aligned herself with an ideology that “willfully distorts facts about gender identity and people who are trans.
"In 2020, there is no excuse for targeting trans people.”
GLAAD also listed numerous Black trans organizations for people to make donations and concluded by saying people should check out “Percy Jackson” author Rick Riordan if they need a summer read.
Yup, the organization threw shade at Harry Potter.
Rent alum Anthony Rapp also took to Twitter this afternoon to express his frustration over Rowling's message:
"She has such a powerful voice."
"Why is she using that voice to die on a hill of transphobia? It is damaging and sad and makes zero sense. Is it really her belief that trans women somehow threaten her own selfhood?"
"What is she so f-cking afraid of?"
Rowling, meanwhile, has come under fire for voicing similar opinions in the past.
In December, she garnered backlash for supporting a researcher who lost her job after saying a person cannot change his/her biological sex.
Despite the controversy Rowling's tweets stirred in this case, though, she went on to defend herself and her beliefs.
"I've spent much of the last three years reading books, blogs and scientific papers by trans people, medics and gender specialists," the author wrote on Sunday.
"I know exactly what the distinction is.
"Never assume that because someone thinks differently, they have no knowledge."