Friday many of my students were at the convention. some of my students and I had a serious discussion about Ms Chastain’s over-the-top plea for diversity in film. To the best of my ability the following is a thumbnail account of her speech.
“Who is she?”
“Who cares to see her?”
“If she really FEELS that way, maybe she should refuse to be in her next movie. (me?) I mean, let a person of color take her place.”
“Yea, she sounds like a fake”
Have you ever seen her in a movie? Would you go to a movie to see her? (me)
Because she does not look like you? (me)
“No. She looks like she has a stick…”
So, what did she accomplish? (me)
“Nothing. She just was trying to be great or something. Tell her to stop being in movies if she is so worried.”
The times might be a-changing but teens are not a-changing. Teens vote with mom and dad’s wallet. Teens want good entertainment and nothing less. Teens are not interested in anyone’s agenda but their own.
So, to sum up: 1- teens like good films (unless it is a really hot guy/girl in said film. In which case all bets are off)
2- teens don’t go see a film due to diversity (they really don’t care. And these are teens of all types in this room)
3-teens think if you really meant this you would stop acting and let persons of color take your place
4-Even if you did allow a person of color to take your place, they still will probably not go (you look too serious)
5-teens would not go see a film based on race (unless it is a Tyler Perry joint or has a Wayans brother in it)
The topic was deemed silly and we moved on to H. P. Lovecraft. He was deemed to be way scarier than Chastain.