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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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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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940 Comments

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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...

  • blah | June 26, 2014 1:45 AMReply

    Aint too many Jewish people either even though I think all of them should have been Jewish....hehe

  • Michael Walls | June 25, 2014 5:36 PMReply

    Is anyone but me getting sick of the fanatic racial inquisition?

  • WTF am I reading? | June 30, 2014 7:50 PM

    @ Brian Winiarski - Racism will not end until all minorities are deported to their respective nations world wide. Racism is inherent under "multiculturalism.

  • Brian Winiarski | June 26, 2014 1:25 AM

    @ MICHAEL WALLS- The racial inquisition will cease when racism ceases.

  • frank doane | June 25, 2014 10:28 AMReply

    I believe what Handel was saying was that they wanted the story to be abstracted from humanity not representative of it or aspirational (what it should be - a la Star Trek). Meaning that they could have tried to cast it as a set of characters who represented African, Asian (old school Asian like Persian), white-ish - Hebrew & other peoples that we suppose lived in biblical times. That implies a historical accuracy that simply does not apply. The story of the flood pre-dates modern humans. As such we don't know what they looked like. They may have been alien-looking, ape-looking, fish-looking, who knows?
    Alternatively, they could have done the Hollywood standard thing of making sure nobody gets excluded to appease the modern PC appetite (as in, try to offend us & we'll feast on you in the media - both social & mainstream). That's the Star Trek scenario. This is where he differs from the author on the value of excluding POC [cringe]. He feels that including all races draws attention to the humanity of the characters. He wants them to be more like gods or trolls or some mythic something. Making them all one race whitewashes (excuse the pun) the characters so they don't seem as human. The audience doesn't pay attention to race at all, because everyone is about the same. That this audience (people watching today) have been conditioned to assume it's racist to have everyone in one commercial be of the same race (heck, they can't all be the same race in a family in a commercial without someone getting upset), is a limitation they didn't want to place on themselves in order to get to that abstracted-from-humanity set of characters they were going for.

    So author - you are wrong. Not because you don't have a right to join the PC minions who no-doubt thought the same thing you did having been conditioned by years of ads, movies, etc. mandating the Benetton world view; but rather, because you say he would be better off saying, "we just didn't want to be bothered". You would have bought that why? We can't just say that anymore when making a movie. So when he said we purposely didn't mix up the races to make the point that this is a mythic set of characters you discredited their artistic vision & inserted your own mandate that the PC formula always be followed. I hope this makes sense to you. It probably doesn't. I'm probably just a racist to you. Us narrow-minded racists can't see things with the clarity you enlightened post-racial, one-world ideologues do.

  • ThinkAboutIt | June 27, 2014 9:39 PM

    Frank, I really beg you, PLEASE read some literature about modern-day racism. It is everywhere and it exists and it really, really, really hurts people and impacts their wellbeing and their lives. Here's a website with great links. I say this because you are basically dismissing racism as a problem. The fact that pop culture makes white people the "norm" and black and Latino and Asian and Native American kids almost never see someone who looks like them has a huge impact on their self-esteem and ability to become their best selves. This isn't a political issue; it's an issue about compassion and facing the reality that "people of color" face everyday. Until you know something about their experience, you really can't define for other people what is and isn't hurtful or erasing or angering. It's not so much about individual people who say racist nowadays; it's about ingrained inequities and big and small barriers African Americans and other minorities face as they try to live and function in society--even small-ish things like being considered a "distraction" in a film. Or big things like having a much bigger rate of poverty and unemployment than white people. I'm just saying explore the topic with a little curiosity and compassion before you dismiss it.

  • Dick Johnson | June 24, 2014 10:11 PMReply

    The movie was about wiping out mankind with a flood not urban renovation teams.

  • Brian Winiarski | June 24, 2014 11:06 PM

    Dick Johnson, Quit being a dick.

  • Brian Winiarski | June 23, 2014 5:36 PMReply

    @ MARIUS Q. - Did I strike a nerve with my priest comment? Perhaps you should step into one of your' coloseums with one of the africans you consider yourself so above and call him a tree swinger. Noah lived in or near Sumer. Sumer was a city that was very culturally diversified. The white man's version of the story of early human life is ridiculous. I am adopted and maybe not polish , but I have white skin and blue eyes. My I.Q. however, is colorless whereas your's is obviously white!!!

  • Putin the Jew | June 28, 2014 4:18 PM

    good fences make good neighbors irregardless of race

  • Brian Winiarski | June 23, 2014 2:25 PMReply

    @MARIUS QUENTICAL- Yes there were Africans living in the vicinity at that time. There were Hebrews,Sumerians, and all sorts of dark skinned people there. The white skinned people were a minority if they were even there at all. The story about Noah and his ark was copied from a story in Sumerian text written about a flood and ark 400 yrs before Noah was born. There was a God named El in these sumerian myths. He was the ruler of all the gods. He supposedly created the heavens and earth. The Hebrew people just copied and changed older sumerian stories. The color of Jesus and God was never really mentioned or dicussed until the Roman catholics decided he was white. Is MARIUS QUENTICAL a Roman name? That would explain your' complete faith in what your' priest told you while he played with your' little wiener. Your' comment about Africans swinging from trees says much about your' intelligence and integrity, and none of it is good.

  • Marius Q. | June 23, 2014 3:32 PM

    Nonsense. They may have been olive skinned but they were not sub-Saharan Africans. Your ad hominem attack perhaps demonstrates you functionally low IQ. Are you, shall we say, "dark skinned" yourself, but using a Polish surname? Could it actually be Winiarsky?? Oye veh! Your preoccupation with the size on my "wiener" is unsettling. Sounds like you have a hate on for the clergy. You're so complicated!!!

  • Marius Quentical | June 23, 2014 1:19 PMReply

    Were there many Africans living around Noah in Noah's time? I think NOT. If you want a movie with more Africans in it from the same time period, you'd need a set in Kenya and a large number of high trees from which the Africans can swing.

  • Ishmael | July 10, 2014 2:52 PM

    Oh look, another idiot .. What an unbelievably stupid remark .. Another ugly white beast that feels inferior to the black man, so he must lash out with racist remarks to raise his self esteem ... If the movie had an all black cast, you would be crying to no end .. People like you disgust me .. You should be exterminated, as it's people like you that continue this cycle of hate in this world .. You are a worthless soul, and you will get what you deserve one day.

  • Brian Winiarski | June 23, 2014 10:59 AMReply

    The producer of this movie is probably not even racist. He probably just went all white because he knew it would make the most green.

  • Brian Winiarski | June 23, 2014 10:42 AMReply

    Jesus would not be welcome in any of the (white christian) churches I have been to. He was dark skinned and had long hair and a beard. He did not wear a suit and tie. He had no money for the collection plate. He did not speak in tongues or handle snakes. He was not a republican. Jesus; for your' own good, I would suggest you not visit the churches round' these here parts !!!

  • Brian Winiarski | June 23, 2014 10:27 AMReply

    According to people of science, white skin is a mutation that occured I believe about 10,000 yrs ago. If this is true and it probably is, that would make this a movie about mutants which would make it sci-fi.

  • handsomerandyblackladbrad1953 | June 23, 2014 9:36 AMReply

    Chuck Bradshaw (didn't you play offensive guard for the Detroit Lions during my 60's boyhood?),if Aretha REALLY respected herself,she wouldn't weigh 325 lb.!!!!!!!!!!

  • handsomerandyblackladbrad1953 | June 23, 2014 9:31 AMReply

    YOU CAN'T HNDLE THE TRUTH,just put fat,stupid,bigoted,Tea Bagger/"Re-Thuglican" Party-voting,'"NECK"-car-watching,moonshine-swilling,meth-tweaking,Confederate Traitor-rag-flying,-wearing,sister/mother/aunt/humping,three-teethed,smelly Bubbas and Bubbettes in the movies for Caucasians to admire!!!!!

  • handsomerandyblackladbrad1953 | June 23, 2014 9:27 AMReply

    I'm real,but I'm FAR FROM URBAN!!!!!!!!

  • Amicus | June 22, 2014 7:48 PMReply

    When I read some of these comments it reaffirms my belief that America is drifting back into the "Dark Ages", where science is witchcraft to be dunked in a vat of "Holy Water".

    I read some people comments and it reminds me of my daily credo:
    GreenDay: Don't wanna be an American idiot. - Great song, very apt.

  • DAN | June 22, 2014 7:18 PMReply

    “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. How many of us were NOT here when the natives or blacks were here? Most of us were NOT. Most of us are trying very hard to make things right. Can we fix the issue of the poor and the ritch? Poor people that can NOT help their situation are looked down for their situation. Can we fix this? NO, We can't make every one feel excepted in our country.We have tryed. People with disabilities are looked down by may people that think that they are a much less of a person. I hate to see this too. We can only try to make people excepted. Could it be that there were no blacks for the role? We are to willing to cast stones on people to fast. How many times have someone blamed you for something that you never done? Most of us have. Consider this before pointing a finger.

  • Amicus | June 22, 2014 7:02 PMReply

    Well I can buy what he say when he says the bible stories are just myths, so he can dream up any color he wanted even making the people blue because it's not REAL.
    For example just as in Greek mythology the god are all white and there are flying people and flying horses, we don't ask them to make subjects of a demented-creative mind conform to reality, now do we?

    I am truly sorry that he thinks hiring POC is an inconvenience but he's got a point that the bible and it's stories are no more than stories of a David Cameron Avatar type, feverish mind so the people can be any color.

  • Brian Winiarski | June 23, 2014 10:00 AM

    Making the people blue or green or purple would have definately been the way for him to avoid these topics. All people of all colors love blue and green.

  • Lon Spector | June 22, 2014 5:29 PMReply

    African people only came into existence AFTER Noah departed the ark.
    Noah had 3 sons. The white, asian, and black races are the desendents
    of Noah's sons.

  • Brian Winiarski | June 23, 2014 10:19 AM

    Having lived in the midwestern bible belt for much of my life, I have had much exposure to the bible. I realized when I was 8 that the bible's teaching were usually twisted to conform to the racist theories of the white congregation in the white church in the white town in which I resided. If a person of color walked in, everyone would trip over each other to welcome him/ her, but as soon as that person left, the racist remarks would be free to be spoken. Which interpretation of the bible is correct, the one where all men are equal; or the one where God is white and white is right? I am white, but if God is a racist I would prefer to reside in hell when I die. According to the pictures I have seen, the devil is red, so there is a good probability that he does not have a white preference. I also could not help noticing that although the pages in my bible were white; the lettering and the cover were black.

  • Amicus | June 22, 2014 7:07 PM

    I see you're a scientist, very learn-ed aren't you.

  • Carlo25 | June 22, 2014 4:06 AMReply

    I watch this movie, and I liked a few things. I am Latino and I never noticed they weren't any blacks in the movie, so many people it was hard to spot any race at all. I thought the young girls that appeared in the film (in captivity) were Latinas, but obviously they were not if I read people talking about only whites were in the mix.

    The truth is that everyone has a good point, but we have too many issues in this country as it is. We need to start working for a better tomorrow and embrace all races. The color of your skin is only a temporary vehicle to live this life. What lies inside our bodies is what counts. God created men and women, he never said he created white or blacks, it reads men, so who cares about the color of the skin, this is a subject that needs to be abolish and forgotten.

    This is 2014 in case you have forgotten, let the ignorant past go away, and lets embrace the future. We have a black president, we have women smarter than men, we have people of all colors proving they are as bright or brighter than any other white men on earth. Jesus died for humanity (as in white, black, orientals, etc) and he was a middle eastern man.

    The point is stop your b/s, get an education, get a job, get busy and embrace your fellow human neighbors, friends, of all colors, of all races, of all creeds and let's live in peace. We have a brain to use it for greater things. Not to be stuck trying to figure out why blacks or whites are the best thing God ever made.

    "We had become so immature and irrational society, it is time to wake up and smell the coffee. We are all the same, we are no better than the next person. The color of my skin is not what makes me who I am."

  • PoCMofos | June 19, 2014 6:12 PMReply

    No blacks or PoC because they didn't exist before this. According to the Bible (yeah right) and according to the church, blacks came to be because of the Curse of Canaan (Noah's son), and this was used to justify white superiority. Even Martin Luther King spoke against that. The producers of Noah are racist assholes who are avoiding this topic at all costs.

  • Danny B. | July 22, 2014 2:06 AM

    Well spoken!

  • Doctor Reno | June 17, 2014 1:44 PMReply

    What kind of dumb ass logic is it that says a biblical story (or a screen play about a biblical story) HAS to be "...represent all mankind in a film," or even more dumb that a producer, director, screen writer HAVE to force race or culture into a story that has nothing to do with what they're trying to film. And, no it doesn't "make sense to have a cast that did actually represent all of mankind," because:
    1. Who says it has to represent ALL mankind--with your dumb ass logic they'd have to have Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Eskimos, American indians and a few dozed other races not relevant to their story.
    2. There are actual people using THEIR money to produce a story THEY wan't--not what you want.
    3. Using your logic if you had a story about Kenyan's 1000 years ago, say a story like Noah, wouldn't you have to go by your own rules and include at least one of everyone "to represent all mankind." Of course you wouldn't because that is NOT what you are complaining about is it.
    Why not just admit up front that you're a racist. Why not just admit you want every story to be about blacks--"represent all mankind?" what a load of BS.
    No wonder the US has become more divided, more hostile and even more violent than befor Barry Obama was picked to run things.
    Last, forcing everybody to think and act the way you think they should think and act is WRONG, racist and bigoted and just plain stupid.

  • Panto | July 21, 2014 7:52 AM

    Its not representing mankind, its about facts...All Africans originated in North East Africa...Ancient Egyptians were black, its proven....Now go back to your trailor and marry your aunt..

  • Dan | June 22, 2014 7:22 PM

    Do you know the whole story of why there was no blacks used? I have friends of all races. I don't condemn any. I don't like to blame someone that I don't know. I have done so and like a fool, I looked stupid. Find our from the makers of the movie why they didn't use a black. They have many blacks in their church. Blacks even preach there as I have seen.

  • Funnyguy | June 16, 2014 8:28 AMReply

    This guy who wrote this article Sergio probably doesn't care about anything but making money or chaos. He is in the media business like reporters and don't care about anything but twisting something good into something controversial. Remember rodney king? The media only showed you the last minute of the tape of him getting beat up and a jury of our peers acquitted the police officers. Why was that? Because the first 8 minutes of the tape you see a 6'4 260lb rodney king beating the tar out of the two officers and each minute later after the 2nd and 3rd officers responding more back up arrives. So my point is, media made something into nothing and made millions covering LA riot and we are here fighting because media has turned us against us.

  • Congratulations! | June 16, 2014 8:50 AM

    You may now officially change your name to JEENYUS!

  • Me | June 15, 2014 11:13 AMReply

    The real question should be where are all the Middle Eastern types in this film, I really didn't expect to see a bunch of Northern Europeans actors, who in reality would have been worshipping some bloody tree spirit in ancient times around about the time of this biblical flood, they could at least got a Jew to play the lead of Noah. The whole thing makes me laugh, it is like watching those 1940s/50s when the lead actress was always blonde and blue eyed. It is the same thing in that other silly film 'The Clash of the Titans', the princess,, Andromeda was Ethiopian, so she would have looked like the model Iman, but no they stuck some white actress in it to play the part of Andromeda. Hey ho, on goes the twisting of the truth in these stupid film, why don't the film makers go one step further and do a film with the Norse God Thor as kinky haired blue black skinned Sudanese with a spear instead of a hammer, it will be worth it just to read the responses of all you lot defending this fake film. Toodles to all.

  • Tired | June 14, 2014 5:59 AMReply

    They will do it and continue to do it because they can. What are you going to do about it except whinge on social media and the internet. If diversity was really that important for minorities all those high profile wealthy people would have created their own industry by now.
    It is a business and this homogenous casting has obviously been making a lot of money for the industry, so it simply won't change.

  • Aurora | June 11, 2014 10:48 PMReply

    Get over it you anti-Whites. Go make your own movies and stop complaining like bratty children. We all know "diversity" is code for Anti-White.

  • vike3078 | June 15, 2014 11:26 AM

    The problem I have with the film is not just a matter of race, but because of it's lack of biblical and geographical truth. In those times and now, the area where the ark was described in the bible then and now is part of the middle east! Does any one here in America intelligent enough to have learned some geography? All of the middle east then (in biblical times) and now is and always be a part of Asia!!! So why is this movie irrelevant? It depicts a whole group of people in the movie that wasn't even from that area then and now!!!! That's like (in a lighter sense) Asian people made a movie on how baseball came about and they cast only Asian people and made the movie in China. Even in that sense it doesn't make sense so why would something so significant as reference to the bible not be more accurate? Sorry but white people are not the only race in the world. It takes all races to make the world go round. Any who reads this and disagrees, do some geography research and you will see. Bethlehem, Jerusalem, and the garden of Edin all are places in Asia , middle east Asia. There are many countries in Asia, its not only China. Please be more educated. Obviously the director of this movie is just as (unedumacated) as some of these people posting on this website.

  • charles | June 11, 2014 3:07 PMReply

    I think the question should be proposed to the producers and casting. Who are they, anyway?

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