and when the fuck did Zoe ever say that she’s not black?
How is that people keep saying that but google doesn’t give me a single quote with her saying that, but it gives me plenty of quotes with her stating that she’s black and even talking about the racism she had to face in hollywood?
Yes! Thank you! Adding this since there’s (shock & awe) a video with her saying “I’m latin AND black.”http://www.bet.com/video/106andpark/106guestrewind/zoe-saldana-106-and-park-3326.html
I’ve followed her career and I’m a fan, I’ve read interviews where she hasn’t exactly worded things in the best way. But I get her. I get her viewpoint. And I am so tired of seeing people sharing quotes out of context because now it’s blown up into people saying “She doesn’t even want to call herself black.” And that’s just, frankly, a crock of horseshit. So here, have some quotes, and a video to prove otherwise, and sit down.
Here’s the thing: I was initially side-eyeing Zoe when she took the role. But then I saw people putting her down, calling her make-up blackface (thus claiming she isn’t even black in the first place) and decided I couldn’t be that person, or be part of that side of the conversation. Because to me, when you do that, you only hurt your own argument. And that leaves us nowhere. I am truly disgusted to see people in the same community tearing her down. Seeing the whole “She’s not black, she’s Dominican.” No, dumb dumb, she is both. And I have NEVER, in YEARS of reading her interviews, and watching her interviews, seen ANYTHING even remotely close to denying the fact that she is a black woman.
It’s pretty ridiculous seeing people post quotes, out of context and say, “daily reminder that Zoe Saldana said this.” Honestly? One of the FEW black women in films who is, very literally, banking billions of dollars at the box office for huge franchises on a consistent basis? Not to mention, in genres that have been predominantly white (sci-fi, comic book, etc). Zoe never said people of color don’t exist, and if you read the full interview or watch the video where she elaborates on that, you’d know she was referring to her hope (which is idealistic but well intended) is that she won’t have to consistently identify her race, ethnicity, and the like in every interview she has. That we can be identified as people, as humans, as opposed to our ethnic makeup because it’s a tired line of questioning. Personally, I champion any person who shuns labels. Putting a quote here because someone else said it better than I could: “America is one of the most racially obsessed nations on earth. And you’re questioning her view of race based on your view of race…not from a worldly perspective. Because if the writer of this article actually read a book, she’d know that countries all over the world, from Brazil amongst others define race differently..if at all. We define race biologically while nations like Brazil define by phenotype. Saldana’s point of view is actually very intelligent…”
And the whole President quote I also think was taken out of context. From what I read of that full interview, she was referring to the idea that she will not complain because she would rather spend that time working. If a black man can work his ass off and make to the Presidency, no doubt facing racism along the way (and still is now because ‘Merica) then who the fuck is she to complain about racism in a town as fabricated and full of bullshit as Hollywood? If he can be President, then she can be a working actress, overcome those things, and continue to do her job. I don’t know, that’s just the way I see it.
I get people sharing their views, I think we shouldn’t shy away from these conversations. It is always healthy to disagree and discuss those disagreements. However, we should all find it incredibly problematic when, in raising concerns about celebrating one black woman we have to tear down another. This is why we can’t have nice things.
"You seem like ideal casting for Uhura, but did J.J. ever actually reveal what he saw in you that prompted him cast you for the role?
Saldana: Not directly. I had auditioned for J.J. for a couple of projects before, and he had expressed to my team that he really liked my approach to acting and my decisions that I’d played and that he’d love to work with me in the future. So when Star Trek came around, he very much expressed that he wanted to meet me for it. And when I did walk in the room, he was very vocal, like, “I’m so happy you came in. Thank you very much for reading for us.” Little by little, that same afternoon, after I saw him, they made the offer. They were like, “We want you, and you’ve been the first choice since a while back. Please do it.” I was so humbled by it.”
# don’t get me wrong kirk’s body language is hilarious and great in this scene # but every time i see it i have a greater appreciation for the fact# that spock just keeps moving like a fucking truck# kirk is hopping around and getting in the way and smacking him # and spock never varies his pace at all# kirk is like a gnat (spatscolombo)
I can’t get over how buff Spock is in this movie. Lmao he is a fucking truck ~swoons~
I can’t get over the fact that Kirk never once puts his hat on. Captain Perfect Hair indeed.