White People’s Superheroes

Hard NOC Life emerges from its winter hibernation, and you can thank Michelle Rodriguez for that. After telling TMZ POCs need to “stop stealing white people’s superheroes,” the actress took to Facebook to say she meant POCs need to focus on creating their own stories.

Naturally, Keith had to discuss this with  William Evans (@willevanswrites) of Black Nerd Problems and newest NOC contributor Valerie Complex (@ValerieComplex).

Topics covered on the show include:

  • The false choice between supporting independent comic creators of color and wanting representation in mainstream comics
  • Whether superheroes really do belong only to white people
  • Why casting actors of color in roles that are traditionally white is not diversity for diversity’s sake, especially when traditionally non-white characters are cast with white people all the time
  • All this and more on Hard NOC Life! Watch it on your screen, hit “play,” and check this.

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9 thoughts on “White People’s Superheroes

  1. Good episode. The discussion did wander a bit off to other facets of the issue but it was good to bring them up. I think you should follow it up later on to focus on those specific points.

    Didn’t Will Smith say something similar around the time when “Hancock” came out? Someone asked about him being cast in a role like “Superman”, I believe? He shot that down because he also said we shouldn’t mess with white people’s superheroes?

    1. I think Will was speaking of backlash from white people, not that he thought it was bad that a Black actor might play a white comics characters. Michael B. Jordan has no problem with it.

      1. And now he’ll be playing Deadshot, a DC villain, instead of Superman. Looks like he was playing it safe there.

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