I received negative comments for mentioning Haliee Steinfeld’s racial backround in my previous post about the movie True Grit.
1. Primarily, I mentioned it because race is a topic that some of my blog readers like me to write about. There wasn’t really any ulterior motive.
2. Traditionally, it’s not racist to consider an actress’ appearance when casting a movie. It’s pretty much the only area left where it’s considered acceptable to discriminate for such reasons.
3. I definitely did notice Hailee’s mixed-race heritage when I first saw her. Maybe I’m sensitive to such things because I’ve read so many comments on HBD blogs. I would guess that most people who watched the movie didn’t pick up on it, because she was presented as white.
4. The people who did the casting for the movie surely noticed her slight mixed-race appearance. It’s part of their job to be very sensitive to how people look. Casting a three-quarters white person to play someone who would have, historically, been 100% white is a conscious decision that they made. As I wrote previously, I guess being 75% white is now considered white enough for playing white people.
5. Once upon a time, it would have been considered an insult to point out someone’s non-white ancestry. But nowadays, it’s a huge compliment. Mixed-race people are considered the coolest people Everyone wants to be like Tiger Woods, Barack Obama, Vin Diesel or Mariah Carey. Pure white people are boring and lacking in vibrancy.
6. None of the above points has anything to do with my continuing opinion that Hailee’s performance was key to making the movie as good as it is. It’s an interesting HBD question regarding whether mixed-race people are, statistically, better performers.