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Representation Matters

by go Inspo | 11 months ago

The title says it all.

Earlier this year, we saw the 9th highest grossing movie of all time, Black Panther, bring communities together.  There was an outpouring of support for this majority all Black cast to be represented in a  blockbuster superhero film.

This was more than a movie as we discussed in a previous write up – this was a movement.  This was a shift in conventional thinking and an opportunity to prove that a minority cast can make money in the box office.

It was a success but how it was a success was phenomenal.  In our current times of social media, communities came together, theaters were bought out, and change was made by supporting an entertaining and wonderful film.  The #BlackPantherChallenge caught on…

Now this week and weekend, there’s another big film attempting to accomplish a similar goal.  Crazy Rich Asians is the first film in 25 years to have an All-Asian cast since The Joy Luck Club.  Much like Black Panther, the Asian communities are rallying in going to the theaters.  Some even buying out theater showings.

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The why this is happening is so simple.  Representation matters.  Kids seeing people that look like them on the big screen help to inspire a new generation that they can follow the same path – how they have a chance to be an actor that will be on a movie screen or a director.  The importance of this is significant and the director, Jon M. Chu, understood this so he turned down a huge payday from Netflix to make it released on the big screen.

In fact, box offices successes like this help greenlight other productions with all-minority casts such as Mulan that’s in the works to be released in 2020.

This is a positive thing for everyone and times have changed as we haven’t seen this kind of movement to support minority films in the past such as critically acclaimed Slumdog Millionaire.  At least not to this degree.

If you’d like to see more diversity in Hollywood, we encourage you to support these films.  There are extremely talented people of all ethnicities and backgrounds who have amazing stories…it makes you wonder what we’ve missed out on during those 25 years between these all Asian cast films and other stories that never made it to the big screen.