Celeste Headlee, The Takeaway
Celeste Headlee, is a former co-host of The Takeaway.
Each morning, Celeste Headlee scours the country’s newspapers for interesting stories. Here's her list for today:
This is the second big budget film that uses white actors in iconically Asian or Middle Eastern roles. Prince of Persia caused a lot of controversy for using Jake Gyllenhaal, and "The Last Airbender" replaced the three Asian main characters with white kids. From the article:
Since its release, the video game franchise Prince of Persia has become notable for the acrobatic grace of its dagger-wielding, balloon pants-wearing hero as well as for what the games didn't do: affront gamers of Middle Eastern and Muslim descent with stereotypical depictions of people from the region as terrorists or religious zealots...Consider the latest evidence. This summer, two of the season's biggest budgeted films have sparked controversy by installing white actors in decidedly "ethnic" parts. And some early fan reactions have varied from indignation to righteous fury to organized revolt over a perceived "whitewashing" of multi-culti characters, a practice that has come to be known as "racebending."
The Akron Art Museum just opened a new exhibit called "Detroit Disassembled." Some are raving, but many people say this is purely "ruin porn." This is something that has been written about in post-Katrina New Orleans and other cities. The fascination with ruins, and the attempt to make them even more stark, even more "ruined." This is from the Tomorrow Museum blog:
When I visited post-Katrina New Orleans a couple years ago, my friend/tourguide laughed when I asked if various construction projects around town were due to the hurricane. He told me there were plenty of scaffolding and yellow cones before the storm, and afterward, well, some of the builders found themselves eligible for various government grants and assistance.
Here’s Thomas Morton in Vice seeing something similar in Detroit ruin photography (via.)
The city’s second-most-overused blight shot is of the mile-long ruins of the Packard Auto Plant in East Detroit. ‘This is the visiting reporters’ favorite thing to see,’ [photographer] James [Griffioen] said. ‘The people all come here to shoot the story of the auto industry and they love this shot because they can be like, ‘See that? That’s where they made the cars,’ and then forget to add the footnote that the plant’s been closed since 1956.’