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Co-Screenwriter of 'Noah' Explains Why There Are No Black People Or POC In The Film

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by Sergio
April 14, 2014 9:10 AM
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Noah

O.K. let’s see if this makes sense.

No doubt, one of the most talked about films so far this year is Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. The film has gotten its share of rave reviews, though there are those who have major problems with it. However, one cannot deny that it is truly an ambitious, unique and original film - the kind of risk-taking movie you wish Hollywood would make more of, like they used to.

However, there is that one thing; That one thing that stuck out in my mind when I saw the film: “Hey, where are the black folks or people of color in the film?” 

If this film had been made back during the epic "Biblical film" era, in the 1950s, well then, yes, you would expect that.

But even Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments has black people in it. So, here we are well into the 21st century, and Noah is populated with nothing but white people, many who speak with British or Australian accents.

Well, in a new interview on the website The High Calling (HERE) the co-screenwriter of the film Ari Handel, who wrote Noah with Aronofsky, was asked about the lack of diversity and addressed by saying:

“From the beginning, we were concerned about casting, the issue of race. What we realized is that this story is functioning at the level of myth, and as a mythical story, the race of the individuals doesn’t matter. They’re supposed to be stand-ins for all people. Either you end up with a Bennetton ad or the crew of the Starship Enterprise.”

He goes on to say:

“You either try to put everything in there, which just calls attention to it, or you just say, “Let’s make that not a factor, because we’re trying to deal with everyman.” Looking at this story through that kind of lens is the same as saying, “Would the ark float and is it big enough to get all the species in there?” That’s irrelevant to the questions because the questions are operating on a different plane than that; they’re operating on the mythical plane.”

Really? That’s the best he could do? Why not just say, we just didn’t want to be bothered? I would have bought that.

So let me see if I understand this. In other words, if we put black people or POC in the film, then people would notice it, and that would have been like really, really distracting, taking people out of the film. So instead, we got a whole bunch of white British, American and Australian actors to represent all mankind, because it‘s just a lot easier?

And, furthermore, putting people of color in the film would have somewhat diminished the biblical Noah, making it look, God forbid, like some kind of Star Trek movie?

Sorry I’m all confused here. I was thinking that, if you want to represent all mankind in a film, then wouldn't it make sense to have a cast that did actually represent all of mankind, in every color and hue, instead of having an all white cast, and telling audiences to just squint their eyes, and pretend that he’s another race, because it's all just a myth after all? So black people can't be mythical too? Nope, I guess we're too real, too urban.

Am I wrong here, or is Handel? You tell us.

See related post: Revisiting That 'Narrative Exhaustion' Thing Thanks To Ari Handel's Explanation For The Lack Of P.O.C. In 'Noah'

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  • Bee | August 28, 2014 9:55 PMReply

    Noah co-stars Jennifer Connelly, whose mother was Jewish, and Logan Lerman, who is 100% Jewish. Surely they can play Old Testament characters.

  • Mason | August 26, 2014 1:12 AMReply

    And to idiot from earlier...Europeans actually have a much higher percentage if Neanderthal DNA compared to those of African decent. They have 1-2% and we (Caucasian) have over 5%. So they are more evolved technically. Just research the human genome project.

  • Mason | August 26, 2014 1:09 AMReply

    If those are his words then you are right. You can't even overreact to a statement so ignorant.

  • Barry | August 25, 2014 9:20 AMReply

    Who cares! The film was ok. It wouldn't have made it better or worse. Just like most films.

  • knova | August 25, 2014 2:09 AMReply

    "as a mythical story, the race of the individuals doesn't matter"

    Then it shouldn't have mattered if some of the characters were played by nonwhite actors.
    And the thing is, it does take a certain amount of effort to end up with an ALL white cast. He's relying on the unspoken idea that it's the other way around--€” that it would take undue effort to get a diverse (or even halfway accurate to the time and place) cast. Which is false.

    I can't even get into the idea that the default human--€” the "everyperson"--€” has to be white or people (white people, I assume??) will be distracted and/or unable to relate. Wow. So gross.

  • knova | August 25, 2014 2:08 AMReply

    “as a mythical story, the race of the individuals doesn’t matter”

    Then it shouldn't have mattered if some of the characters were played by nonwhite actors.
    And the thing is, it does take a certain amount of effort to end up with an ALL white cast. He's relying on the unspoken idea that it's the other way around— that it would take undue effort to get a diverse (or even halfway accurate to the time and place) cast. Which is false.

    I can't even get into the idea that the default human— the "everyperson"— has to be white or people (white people, I assume??) will be distracted and/or unable to relate. Wow. So gross.

  • ladiej | August 24, 2014 7:04 PMReply

    that person doen there who says black people dont have brains is a idiot! History and the Bible reveals that the caucasians were the people throwing the rocks from the caves of northern Eutope when POC wrte kings and Queens,,,You being the descendants of japeth,.not the blood line of jacob whom God gave his covenant not the red twin Sarah bore for issac are any other yellow haired unclean curse people!!!! look it up in the bible
    leviticus..Gods people are the twelve tribes of jacob .not Esau or Cain.. learn your history biblically or otherwise begote oprnong your stupif mouth!

  • Barry | August 25, 2014 9:23 AM

    The bible is also a fairytale.

  • ladiej | August 24, 2014 6:49 PMReply

    who really cares anyway,,..that movie was complete garbage! It was so far away from the real biblical story of noah it was pathetic, ..this is why there were no blacks or POC in the movie...he was depicting what they meaning EDOMITES...wished it vould have been...simply them.,,,,it was purly fictional...nothing biblical about it becaue to tell the truth...the true story they would have had to use black people and other people of color!!!!! the movie was garbage!!!!

  • truth | August 24, 2014 6:32 PMReply

    Yes only casts of all blacks are aloud that is ok.

  • truth | August 24, 2014 6:28 PMReply

    Noah was not black. The black people then were the less developed ape creatures. Which they still are today. Whites, latino and asian are the cromamith more advanced. Black people have smaller braines then all races this is proven with science. They were throwing rocks until tje 1800s.

  • Barry | August 25, 2014 9:25 AM

    I'm white. You're an arsehole.

  • truth | August 24, 2014 6:22 PMReply

    The movie was sapostoo reprezent a time when life was better with less crime, more inteligence and better life.

  • Mighty Me | August 25, 2014 1:04 AM

    You have some nerve ha ha, snort. For someone claiming that White People, and other ethnicity's are superior, you should first check your spelling. "The movie was sapostoo reprezent"? You don't seem to possess the intelligence to realize that the red lines beneath the words that you have trouble spelling, are there to correct you... Or, is that just ignorance that I'm detecting? Care to weigh your brain? Furthermore, don't believe everything that you read, it's a clear sign of gullibility.

  • keke | August 23, 2014 9:51 AMReply

    This movie was far from the bible. It put me to sleep twice when those boulders, I reckon were fallen angels. It was an awful movie. It was not what I had expected.

  • Mama Mia | August 22, 2014 11:20 PMReply

    It's obvious why. Denzel wanted too much money to be Noah, Wesley Snipes was still on probation and couldn't leave the country, they wanted Ice Cube he was too busy shootin' Barber Shop 8 and Will Smith wanted his son to play Noah... and all the other characters too, he's sooooo cute :-)

  • Oh Brother | August 22, 2014 11:16 PMReply

    Oh brother, so where's the Indian guy, the guy from India, the Chinese guy, I didn't see any Latin guys in there either, don't forget the Yanamamo? At what point does the "What color they are" end?

  • mf | August 13, 2014 2:08 PMReply

    Holy crap!!! When will this end? Lets not be so damn sensitive about every little thing. I am Latino and we have our own separate issues but I must admit that I've never heard any other Latino say: "Oh my God there are no Latinos in that movie" We don't care! We can enjoy movies that have only African-Americans, only Latinos or only whites (did you notice how I didn't capitalize the word "white"? Nobody ever does but you don't hear whites complaining about that). Just enjoy the movie and don't stress about the fact that you don't see anyone in the movie that looks like they can be related to you. Part of what makes this world interesting is the different cultures, customs and looks that people have. Movies have helped me learn about white culture, African-American culture, Jewish culture, Asian culture, Indian culture and Native-American culture. I saw a Chinese movie about their creation mythology and I never even thought about the lack of racial diversity in that movie. I just enjoyed it and learned about something new. I know that there is no one out there preventing Latinos like me from making movies. If that was the case maybe I would have a problem. I know that things aren't perfect in this country but when you come from an oppressive place with no human rights you really get to appreciate everything this country has to offer. I promise you that there is no other place on earth as good as the United States. We made a minority (African American Man) the President of this country. And to prove an even bigger point, we were OK with the fact that he has a Muslim name even after we had just experienced a terrorist attack my Muslims. We are truly the best nation in world history. Again, it is much easier to appreciate these things when you have lived in other parts of the world. Peace, Love and Appreciation. If you were born in the USA then....My God, you have half the battle won already. I know that a lot of bad, depressing stuff has happened in this county's history but lets keep our eyes on the prize. We are lucky to be alive NOW!

  • Barry | August 25, 2014 9:35 AM

    Well said, mate. Well, most of it. Believe me, most countries here in Europe have it better than the USA. I don't have to pay for college or hewlthcare :) But, the post was very well said. Ehat was that Chinese movie called? It sounds interesting.

  • Noah | August 13, 2014 2:28 AMReply

    There are no black people in this film because they couldn't find any black people stupid enough to be in such a horrifically bad movie.

  • Curtis | August 18, 2014 11:17 AM

    You are as out of touch as you probably look.because your comment contracted it self in so many ways.See your poor gang and drug cartels infested country people will do anything and be degraded.that's why yall the white men took your land.and the crazy part about Mexico is white Americans didn't even take it from yall and its still one of the most poorest countries.wow what's up with that.oh Iknow yall are ok with handouts.

  • roryohal | August 17, 2014 9:44 PM

    NEWSFLASH... "Noah", was a black man who ran a barge down the Nile river during a major flood and saved many. That's it... now go pay your taxes so the U.S. can kill innocent people for NO reason other than profit...

  • me | August 12, 2014 9:44 PMReply

    who cares?

  • Boom | August 25, 2014 7:58 PM

    Not just for profit, we American's quite enjoy blowing the sh*t out of backward countries stuck in the middle ages. I makes us feel safe (whether Black, White. Latino, or Asian). Oh, and don't forget, we're running out of space for new villa's, hotels, and golf courses too.

    Now remember how high and mighty you feel when you're next filling up your car with gas, tweeting how you hate the US on your iPad.

  • James | August 12, 2014 11:38 AMReply

    this article and the subsequent discussion are waste of time. this isn't what MLK or X intended.

    signed,
    a black man

  • marcus | August 10, 2014 6:44 PMReply

    Since whites can only create whites and all people come from blacks and Noah was black then that makes the movie bull shit

  • Cindy | August 10, 2014 5:46 PMReply

    Why would there be black people in the film Noah? I've seen it and it's obviously a Jewish story taking place in a limited region on earth. Not to mention the movie was horrid and embarrassing to watch so one should consider oneself lucky not to be represented in it anyway.

  • Kendra | August 25, 2014 2:53 AM

    OMG! Thank you Cindy!

    I love my people, but the world isn't just black and white! There's an array of races and ethnic cultures that for some reason we conveniently ignore just because something isn't historically accurate, or represented in the way we feel that it should be. The bible that most Christians revere, myself included, is derived from the Torah. Which is not simply a tale of religion, but family history/lineage. The Hebrew people, in which Noah was a part of, were not black or white. They may have been tan/brown at best. (Some say each of his sons were different shades and thus birthed the array of people we have today... there's no evidence of this but hey!) Maybe he was black maybe he wasn't, but at this point I really don't know why it matters. Oh and if people read descriptions of individuals in outlined clearly in the bible and use common sense they'd realize this.... Yes blacks were around conquering things, i.e. Spain (Hannibal and his men), and there were great tribes and kingdoms of black people.... but everybody who did something great isn't black. While I understand the desire to be associated with positivity due to our rich history being stripped of us and rewritten, we must acknowledge that we can't always take credit for everything! lol
    I argue with my mom all the time about black Jesus... and I always say, no he wasn't black... he definitely wasn't white... but he was Hebrew (fact), and from his description outlined clearly in the New Testament, he had eyes of fire, (intense brown) and hair of wool (curly), and as a carpenter it's safe to assume he had some color to him from being in the son chopping wood and what not... but I really don't think he was the chocolate black man with the thick sulfur8/ soul glo afro they showed us in our Sunday school books at church, nor is he the blonde haired blue eyed man depicted in most images...Oh and to the individual who said blacks were monkeys.... shame on you... did you know that all humans have less and .1% of genetic variability? If I'm a monkey... then you are too, if not then you're at least a close cousin. Fact, earliest signs of the homoerectus were found in Africa. Fact the homoerectus is extinct. Fact, the earliest signs of the homosapien, was also found in Africa and is currently the ONLY surviving hominin clade, a branch of great apes... so again, if I'm a monkey... you are too.

    PhD Biology

  • Sammi's Pal | August 22, 2014 11:22 PM

    I remind ya, Sammi Davis Jr was a Jew too. He coulda done The Candy Man on board.

  • J.R. Allen | August 8, 2014 5:20 PMReply

    If the story was to be represented in a Biblical context then the presence of POC would be an absolute necessity. In terms of race not being a matter of mythical importance, if we look at how various prophecies are received and dealt with we make it a definite point to acknowledge that the Christian mythical reality is not the same as Aztec mythical reality. Each group possesses its own tribal collective unconsciousness and mytho-poetic universe. Thus, color/race or nationality is a major component of World myth due to that component being based within a different culture and language with different symbols and meanings both latent (hidden) and manifest (obvious). What was presented within this interview was a blatant disregard for both myth and culture and a willingness to further perpetuate the myth that there is no history but white history.

  • Dirk Fletcher | August 8, 2014 2:11 PMReply

    Its plain and simple. To the majority of caucasians worldwide, black and brown people subconsciously do not represent mankind or more precisely the Christian God's version of mankind.
    Blacks as a whole to them are some ungodly invasive species which is in some way connected or related to Satan.
    Simply reading the comments whenever a story has any mention of non caucasians shows the type, level and range of attitudes towards an ENTIRE ethnic group(I'm not racing anyone)(put in human on applications asking for race)
    You don't however see those attitudes come forward when the story features caucasian people.
    The lack of honestly with ones self with regard to feelings about "other" people is also noteworthy.
    I could write books on this but its simple.
    Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia said it best letter written in California on 28th February 1968 and a speech made at the League Of Nations in 1936

    "That until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned: That until there are no longer first-class and second class citizens of any nation; That until the color of a man's skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes; That until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race; That until that day, the dream of lasting peace and world citizenship and the rule of international morality will remain but a fleeting illusion, to be pursued but never attained; And until the ignoble and unhappy regimes that hold our brothers in Angola, in Mozambique and in South Africa in subhuman bondage have been toppled and destroyed; Until bigotry and prejudice and malicious and inhuman self-interest have been replaced by understanding and tolerance and good-will; Until all Africans stand and speak as free beings, equal in the eyes of all men, as they are in the eyes of Heaven; Until that day, the African continent will not know peace. We Africans will fight, if necessary, and we know that we shall win, as we are confident in the victory of good over evil"

    Hopefully one day things will be different.

  • Adrienne | August 22, 2014 9:58 PM

    Obviously, you are not a Christian. You should talk to one sometime....maybe you would learn to love rather than hate and judge. The Afican continent's biggest problem is the African war loards that abuse and murder it's people....as seen by the beautiful young girls recently kidnapped. You know nothing of Christians or the absolute love they have for ALL of God's creations.

  • John benson | August 7, 2014 12:37 PMReply

    Come on everybody! It's 2014 you know WE can't have a movie with an all white cast. Sure you can make tv shows and movies with all latinos and blacks, but when it comes to all white no way. Gotta make sure white people can't be individuals anymore as to not offend others.

  • M King | August 7, 2014 12:35 PMReply

    Come on everybody! It's 2014 you know WE can have a movie with an all white cast. Sure you can make tv shows and movies with all latinos and blacks, but when it comes to all white no way. Gotta make sure white people can be individuals anymore to not offend others.

  • Jen | August 1, 2014 11:47 PMReply

    Always black casts, Tyler perry................. . Now an all white movie has people complaining. Ain't nobody got time for this

  • Roland | August 14, 2014 2:06 PM

    Tyler Perry does not make movies about history, his movies are about Black American issues. Of course he is going to have mostly black people on the cast. There have been plenty of movies with all white people but no one complained about those they don't refer to the past. The setting of the bible was never in Europe and Europe had not robbed Africa blind yet. So I agree, the cast should have had a lot more people of color in it, but who cares it's Hollywood they just want your money anyways.

  • Gnomadd | August 5, 2014 11:20 PM

    Perry's movies are historical.

  • Miles Ellison | August 2, 2014 12:03 AM

    There are more white people in recent Tyler Perry movies than there were black people in this one.

  • Charlie | August 1, 2014 1:34 PMReply

    As a black man

    Let the white boys have their movies. Noah is a load of crap

  • Southern Baptist | August 22, 2014 11:26 PM

    Lot of Southern Baptists wouldn't agree with ya there Charlie. In Fact MLK is spinnin' is his grave. Power to the People!

  • Bee | August 1, 2014 3:24 AMReply

    Noah co-stars Jennifer Connelly, whose mother was Jewish, and Logan Lerman, who is 100% Jewish. Surely they can play Old Testament characters.

  • Bee | August 28, 2014 9:57 PM

    Connelly is not half "at most", she is half, period. And if your beloved Ben Schtiller can play Jews despite being a half Jew, then so can she. And Lerman is 100% Jew.

  • Bee | August 28, 2014 9:55 PM

    Robin Williams was NOT Jewish. WTF!

  • RobinPal | August 22, 2014 11:30 PM

    If Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman, two Jews can play women, then surely Connelly could pull it off.

    As far as movies are propaganda fella up there... you're so "spot on"; Noah should have been Morgan Freeman and Iman should have been his wife ... yadda yadda... but you just know Bowie wanted to be her.


    Overdose on the race card by those claiming they were slaves.

  • Will | August 5, 2014 11:47 PM

    Connelly is half at most. Why not use Arab and other actors who are 100% or close to 100% Semite? If you arent familiar with the term Semite. It doesnt just mean Jews. It includes Middle Eastern peoples of which the original Jews were from. Many of the American Jews are part European anyway hence some of them with blue eyes and lighter hair and skin tone. But we always like to have our fairer complexioned actors in the movies

  • Nate Jackson | July 29, 2014 10:10 PMReply

    The white man got a God complex.

    Film is propaganda. American propaganda requires that all heroes be white, preferably male and to add the patina of serious cinema- they must speak with an English accent.

    What the writer says is perfectly natural. It's a lie, but it is understandable. What isn't understandable is those nutty Transformer/Hulk rock dudes. Brown people wouldn't be believable but the rock guys are?
    C'mon now.

  • James | August 3, 2014 1:49 AM

    Geez, what a hate-filled rantfest the comments section is. I thought race wasn't supposed to matter anymore? You commenters are bigots, but you pretend that you aren't just because you may not be white.

  • rhodesiajackson | July 29, 2014 1:46 PMReply

    you are on point

  • Nice Change | July 27, 2014 10:42 PMReply

    It's nice to see a movie with an all white cast for once. I still watch the older TV shows like Dennis The Menace, I Dream Of Jeannie, and Leave It To Beaver. I am 46 and still enjoy watching these TV programs. You really don't see much of these all white TV actors. It's really a nice change. I don't care what anyone says about my comments.

  • Olof | July 31, 2014 3:25 AM

    Ha ha, that's a REALLY stupid comment. (Especially the part about not carinng what anybody says)

  • GO FIGURE | July 26, 2014 3:09 AMReply

    And don't get me wrong - there's a TON of whites actors, etc. that I absolutely love, but it's still boring as hell to see one image ALL THE FREAKING TIME. The only way most of them would understand it is if the tables were turned. But that'll never happen, so don't complain when stuff like this happens, and don't expect them to understand when many of them don't care to begin with. Vice versa applies too...it's just the way life is. But you DO at least have a choice in what you partake in, and you can try to make a difference in television, the media and so on...

  • Go figure | July 26, 2014 3:02 AMReply

    LOL I don't care, this movie is a piece of s*** anyway. I'm GLAD that no black people had to be a part of it. If they had, they would've been some kinda slave anyway (for example look at every other biblical movie EVER made). It is appalling to me and utterly pathetic when whites complain that there are "too many blacks on TV now" - just complete and utter bulls*** - but seriously, what do you expect when one race has been the center of everything since they stole everything but skin from the natives? What needs to happen is more script writers, film producers and directors who are black (Hispanic, Asian, etc.) need to step forward and create a more diverse television instead of wasting time and energy complaining so much. I don't give a rats a** if 60-something % of the U.S. is white. When I see the same old BORING faces on TV for my entire life, but all around me in the REAL WORLD is a mix of EVERYBODY, I get fed up and say 'f*** TV' and shut off cable and surround myself with REAL diversity which this country falsely promotes. Saves me money, so I don't give a ****. Hah

  • boocat | July 25, 2014 7:25 PMReply

    Shut up, please. I am sick of urban black blah blah, too.

  • Rj | July 28, 2014 12:44 AM

    This movie is Trash. I'm not surprised that there was No blacks in the movie. These Faggot ass whyt boys are always perverting everything they touch.

  • nick | July 22, 2014 5:10 PMReply

    Im so sick of this white black bullshit its not even funny
    Black people are putting racisim where it is not intended. Hey black people when you throw a party or get together do you look at the scene and say i need a few white guys to fill this out? No you dont. So why do you care so much about a film you wont watch because you read somewhere online that its racist. You know whats racist? BET, black entertainment awards, NCAA (Which was founded by a white dude). If we (white people) xid WET or White entertainment awards we would be racist. But because your skin is darker then ours you have this perconceived thought of impunity and you get away with it. Its been 200 years since slavery literally no one on earth right now was alive when it happebd yet a grudge is still somehow held against another race that literally had NOTHInG to do with it. So quit bitching life is hard for everyone. U cant get a jib well maybe you didnt impact the casting department enough to say we need this guy. Try harder instead of playjng the goddamn race card because weve had enough

  • Jen | August 1, 2014 11:50 PM

    We'll said! You are exactly right.

  • iLogos | July 30, 2014 6:11 PM

    Black people may be "putting racism where it is not intended," but not intended and not present are not even in the same neighborhood.

    But by all means keep speaking from your place of unchecked and unrecognized privilege and let us POC know when it is and is not okay to note blatant examples of racism, appropriation, and whitewashing. You can just let us know via Twitter with the hashtag #yesallblackpeople.

  • Natalie | July 29, 2014 9:53 AM

    You might think differently if practically every movie out there had a black lead character. Then you would notice. I'm white, and it's clear that MANY movies have VERY few black characters, and it's very unrealistic. It's not just about the lead characters though, but many movies show just white people even in the background scenes. I'll be the first to admit that if I saw a movie that was ALL black people that would bother me too, but come on how often does that happen? Nick, you should try to be understanding and see from another point of view.

  • GO FIGURE | July 26, 2014 3:18 AM

    Every channel besides about 2 or 3 plus BET IS "WET". How the f*** can you be in denial about that. And in case you don't know, there's a s***load of channels on TV, so do the math. That's a f***ring lot of television.

  • Nicole | July 25, 2014 11:17 AM

    While I agree life is hard for everyone, life can sometimes present more obstacles for people from a different culture or race than that of the country they're living in. It has definitely been less than 200 years since slavery in America? That's not true. Slavery was "abolished" in 1865 but anyone with American schooling has learned that African-Americans didn't have any real rights until the mid-1960s. I've met people that have worked on plantations. The author of the article made a fair point in questioning the writer's comment that it didn't matter the race of those playing the characters. I by no means think the filmmakers are racists but if they were interested in representing all of mankind then maybe, just maybe, casting people with diverse backgrounds would make sense.
    Also, BET isn't racist. It is simply a channel geared toward black entertainment (whatever is meant by that.) I haven't watched many BET shows but from what I've seen there are characters of different backgrounds and even those of mixed race. Many shows and movies that play on BET There are many channels and networks for Latinos, Asians, Egyptians, Indians. etc. Is that racist as well? Are they not allowed to have a network celebrating their cultural?
    Lastly, "you can't get a job (then) maybe you didn't impact the casting department enough to say we need this guy" is a bit of an outrageous comment. If an amazing actor goes in for an addition but doesn't meet the requirements- not in skill but physical features- they're not going to get the acting job. Bottom line, if a movie is about an Indian-American man, neither Brad Pitt or Denzel Washington will get cast for the role.

  • rischad | July 22, 2014 6:10 PM

    This guy argues against racism and you just proove his pointm he right tho we play race cards and bitch bout everythimg and blame white but we too lazy to actually do anything about what we got goin on.show some actual effert and we can get something acomplishd

  • blah blah blah | July 22, 2014 5:16 PM

    Another clueless post racial naive jackass talking like everything is fair because he/she never experienced the REAL world. If you don't like it, no one gives a damn. Take your whiney ass off this blog and hit up the one world is a utopia blog and shut the hell up! thanks.

  • Tony Montan | July 21, 2014 9:13 PMReply

    The truth doesn't hurt the story. The truth helps the story.

  • brad hoster | July 26, 2014 7:00 PM

    where would jesse Jackson or sharpeton be without racism?it's their mealticket ,they don't want it to end.

  • NICK | July 22, 2014 6:05 PM

    Dude all u did was proove my point im clueless yet you made literally no statements to back up your points. All you said was racist shit that had no ground to stand on. You are racist against whites

    Not directed at tony montana this is directed at blah blah blah who cant even provide a real name to back his statement cause hes either 1 a troller or 2 a coward

  • nick | July 22, 2014 6:02 PM

    Dude all u did was proove my point im clueless yet you made literally no statements to back up your points. All you said was racist shit that had no ground to stand on. You are racist against whites

  • mehkermer | July 21, 2014 3:17 AMReply

    In Hollywood, Black actors are by and large excluded from movies about significant historical events and religious tales--unless they explicitly involve issues of race and oppression like slavery--because the moment any POC is put into some role like that of Jesus or what have you, a mythologically significant role in our popular culture, it can never just be taken as it is by the dominant culture, it's commonly perceived to be some kind of a statement, a certain act of defiance. To a lot of folks--many of whom are commenting on here--when a bunch of white people act out Biblical stories, it's totally neutral--they're everymen, they're normal!-- whereas if Black people do the same thing, it's suddenly a "Black thing," there's a sensation of loss or transgression for the people who are used to seeing themselves represented unwaveringly and now fear that this privilege might be jeopardized.

  • rjcII | August 10, 2014 8:56 PM

    Where does the rock people appear in the bible? This is a sci-fi movie. No where close to the story of the bible. The region is wrong, the casting of all the actors are wrong, the story is definitely wrong. I just cannot believe Hollywood let this movie even hit the big screen. Oh, I forget, Crowe, Connelly and Hopkins are in the movie. Had to paid plenty of money to get them. All three are 20 million dollars actors. Crowe doesn;t sound like he is from region of Africa definitely on the looks. Heck this looks like a Viking war movie. The director is far off base. It has just being a battle with race far back when mankind was discovered. As far as I can see there many colors of mankind on this earth. White Americans only control this country since they landed on Plymouth Rock where the Indians lived way before they supposely discovered this land. The only truth of life is in the mother land of the first people. Hmmmmm.....

  • mehkermer | July 20, 2014 11:52 PMReply

    It wouldn't be a problem if it really was 'just a movie,' but it's not--it's THE movies. This is an incredibly common thing, these all-white casts that just don't want to deal with the issue of race by just shutting everybody out except "the norm," and every single time it happens and people complain about it, we get this "it's just a movie" crap. Each one of them, individually, is just one movie, yes, and there are a whole lot of these single, individual movies out there, way more than all the other movies with similarly homogenous casts, to say nothing of the movies with diverse casts. It's a pattern, it's a problem, and it's both a symptom and a component of other, larger problems. It's not stupid to talk about it.

  • Bill | July 20, 2014 6:21 AMReply

    The antediluvian population were White people, albeit Mediterranean White, i.e. dark hair, dark eyes, and light skin that can tan rather easily in the sun. What we today refer to as Mediterranean Whites would be Semitic people and not necessarily meaning language family as language can change or be supplanted by others. God did not alter the human phenotype and genome to form Nordic Whites and Blacks until after the Tower of Babel incident which was after the Flood. From Adam until Babel, there were no Nordic Whites or Blacks, only what we refer to today as Mediterranean (Semitic) Whites. Soke examples of Mediterranean (Semitic) Whites are: Adam Sandler, Adrien Brody, Hank Azaria, Tony Shalhoub, Mohmar Ghadaffi, and Ray Romano. All these people are White, and are pretty darn light when not tanned for roles in entertainment. The evidence that exists that indicates the original language of man to be what we today would extrapolate and refer to as Semitic would also indicate that it was from this branch that both the Nordic Whites (Japhethites) and Blacks (Hamites) were created from. Linguistics can be used to a point, but other factors need to be considered to. Oje thing they got totally wrong is the technological level of preflood man. They were portrayed mostly pre-industrial with a few exceptions. However, ancient writings depict a space age civilization complete with technology we see around us today! Skin color is insignificant, but the great possibility that our preflood ancestors quite possibly orbited Earth and landed on the moon are points worth pondering!

  • Humble Harry | August 10, 2014 3:43 PM

    There is no evidence to support your contention that sub-Saharan Africans are descendants of Semites. Sub-Saharan Africans are most certainly not the cursed Hamites portrayed in the Bible, since the people who first propagated these stories knew nothing of the existence of contemporaneous folks thriving in western, central and southern Africa. According to anthropologists, the various peoples of sub-Saharan Africa are amongst the oldest human groups still in existence on the planet, so they could not be descended from any other modern groups of homo sapiens outside of Africa. Yet, I don't find it surprising that a story about a "Great Flood," originally told by Semitic peoples, would also happen to exclude peoples from western, central and southern Africa, as well as the presence of those from various pre-Columbian peoples that existed in the Americas. So, too, would it likely omit folks from northern and eastern Asia; Pacific Islanders; aboriginal Australians, and so forth. After all, how could these pre-Iron Age folk-- who were pretty much isolated in western Asia, southern Europe and northern Africa-- be expected to tell stories about other groups of people that they did not even know existed? Realistically, when adapted to the screen, these stories should also exclude the presence of actors of northern European descent, but that would be offensive to the target audience for these big budget films.

  • francina | July 17, 2014 11:45 AMReply

    A movie is just a movie but people should know the truth about ancient people of Egypt the name Egypt should say it all...Africans came from that area how did their skin turn white over night even the ancient paintings of Egyptians are colored im not a racist I just know the truth

  • Chris | July 16, 2014 3:25 PMReply

    But if it had nothing but blacks no one would have a problem and this stupid essay wouldn't be here right? Also the fact I'm speaking up against this suddenly makes me racist, in fact even the simple act of sticking up for white people makes me racist? I really hate where this world is heading liberals make me want to throw up.

  • Carl | July 16, 2014 3:36 PM

    If we rejoiced in the fact that it has all white people you would not be posting anything so what does that say about you.

    Here's your barf bag. Enjoy!

  • cuttie | July 13, 2014 5:57 PMReply

    then it has to work the other way. taking his explanation at face value, he could've made the same film with nothing but black actors and actresses from different continents with different accents. then the question becomes why didn't he do that?

  • Dijah | July 13, 2014 2:53 PMReply

    You're 100% correct, however we all know that hollywood is segregated. If you give someone of color the lead role of any movie it is usually about their ethnicity or culture. The fact that they are colored is usually obvious or payed much attention to, unless you're will smith or denzel washington. But yes for him to even say that shows that the people casting and shooting are clearly white people who feel like diversity is distracting, when actually its one of hollywood's hugest flaws.

  • Cassie NY | July 12, 2014 2:37 PMReply

    That's because if the cast had mostly been black, white people would not have seen the movie. United States is highly segregated .

  • Naiomi Suchit | July 11, 2014 5:06 PMReply

    So nothing new in Hollywood then, nor in the great wide world

  • michael borg acosta | July 11, 2014 12:29 PMReply

    Alright whats the issue with there not people black people I the film, who cares im black I dont give a flying f***k. Let me ask you what about films that only have black people in it did you do a report or an article about it, did you make the writers look like racist im goingto go with no. Ive seen a trend of the whole world looking down on white people for the most stupid reasons. They can have white anything nowadays because they will be called a racist person. Leave them alone man, I see hundreds of black only movies and I see muslim only movies, indian only movies japanese only movies chinese and the list goes on and on so stop bringing up race and eventually race wars will die. You people are the problem yes you editor you keep the stupidity of racism alive by bringing it to the new generation and its sad. And let me tell you its bias and racist to single out whites for doing what ever the fuxk they want.

  • brittain clint | July 12, 2014 4:34 PM

    Old wounds become infected as these stupid people keep picking at the wound......
    How stupid can a person be....
    There weren't any (short) people either...!

  • mf1871 | July 7, 2014 2:07 PMReply

    Many movies based on fiction stray from the original story. This is nothing new or alarming. Except maybe to the 7 people in Mississippi who think it's based on a true story. But then again, they have bigger problems.

  • jacmeade | July 6, 2014 6:19 AMReply

    The reason there'e nothing but white people in the movie is simple and I don't know why the screenwriter didn't just tell it like it is. Noah and his family have to appear to be related, which means that if there are people of another color or ethnicity in the movie, it's going to look like God chose one race over another. Sure, everyone could have looked african, or middle eastern, or anything else (and maybe they should have) but then you wouldn't get to have Russell Crowe or Jennifer Connelly in the movie. While this explains the all white cast, I don't think it was really necessary. The unworthy masses could have been played by people from a mixture of races and Emma Watson's character (who's not blood related to Noah) could have been played by a person of color. Some people might have still complained that only one out of the seven survivors of all mankind was non-white, but what the hell, people will complain no matter what you do.

  • Akua | July 6, 2014 7:31 PM

    That's silly. According to the bible Noah's sons were of 3 races. Shem was the Asian race, Ham the African Race and Japheth the European race. What he meant to say but couldn't is we didn't want to have any people of color so we're using mythological artistic licence to pretend everyone was white back then.

    Noah should have been African as scientifically speaking we all know that all people used to be Black not white.

  • Charles Green | July 5, 2014 5:04 PMReply

    This story predates any POC. If you ware watching this movie then you need to respect the fact of where it is coming from. Last time I checked, Hebrews were white and the world at the time was filled with men who lived for hundreds of years. These were the first men, descendents of Adam and Eve and in no way related to the people of the world today. Racism exists for sure and mainly because ignorant people see problems where they don't exist. Oh this movie has no POC, they are all racist....what kind of retarded logic is that?? I bet if it was nothing but a black cast, and then when the flood comes and kills them all, people would throw a monkey-fit, because now the film is saying that POC are sinners and wicked and must all die and God killed them off. If you want to watch a movie about blacks then go see a Tyler Perry monkey film. That guy is a racist. Racism goes both ways people.

  • Ethel | July 13, 2014 4:04 AM

    Tyler Perry could never be racist. You are too stupid and ignorant, just leave you to time. Maybe one day you will wake up. When you call black people monkeys what are trying to prove where do you think mankind evolved from???? IDIOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Scenery77 | July 6, 2014 12:06 PM

    I just happened upon this little discussion and couldn't help but smile. Because the Book of Enoch exposes the Truth about the White race they want to Discredit it. Lamech went to his father, Methuselah and said, "My wife has just given birth to our son, but he doesn't look like one of us. He has white skin, white hair and blue eyes like that of the children of the angels." Methuselah went to his father, Enoch. (who resided with the Watchers) Enoch said "He was not tainted with the angels, but that he was an Albino, name him Noah." So, we have some Whites who are of Japhet, one of Noah's sons and some White people who are of the fallen angels. Even when truth smacks you in the face you become blind when you read something like this, especially White people because it's upsetting. Also, Deuteronomy 28 & 29 when you read it it couldn't describe any other race than the Black Hebrews. And Charles Green monkeys have white skin like you, and they are hairy like you. Some White people are the only race who are born with tails. The Drs. say it's just the vertebrae that kept growing. You make excuses everything..because the truth is not in you. You make martyrs of your wicked evil people like Manson and Dahmer offering them money deals for movies and books. Did you read in revelation where it says God will make you kiss His chosens' feet? And where "They who call themselves and are not Jews." Those Jews are Eurpean Whites. Just for the record..I couldn't care less what lies you tell in the movies..your rule is almost over.

  • peter | July 6, 2014 10:19 AM

    not true

  • Charles Green | July 5, 2014 5:02 PMReply

    Not true

  • Ishmael | July 10, 2014 2:45 PM

    Charles Green, you are pathetic .. I can tell you are a racist just by reading your simple minded response .. I feel sorry for people like you, that want to believe the white race is superior to all .. Truth is, it's the exact opposite .. The only thing people like you are good at is starting wars and profiting off of them .. Shove your elitist attitude up your ass you bigot ... You are truly a pathetic person.

  • XLR8R01 | July 3, 2014 1:12 AMReply

    "as a mythical story, the race of the individuals doesn’t matter"

    Seriously? Money talks, and this guy knows that if everyone in the film was the same hue *but not white* (let's say black, for instance), it wouldn't even be in the running for major-studio funding and big budget promotion from Paramount, and would very quickly end up in stores on Bluray next to 'Barbershop 2' and 'Medea Goes To Jail'.

    That Handel should be so patronising as to say people would be distracted by different races in a movie is baffling. If you walked through every neighbourhood of any US metropolis and only saw one race of people, would that not be a little weird? Cos personally, that's *exactly when* I'd think I was on the set of a sci-fi movie - Planet of the Apes, perhaps...

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