So, my birthday isn’t until Wednesday but my parents and sister put together a mini family celebration for me yesterday and it had a Veronica Mars theme!!! My sister has watched the show as well, so she definitely had a HUGE part in making this so perfect! She even made a spirit box with snickerdoodles! THE CUTEST!!!
All I want in life is a Veronica Mars-themed party.
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Justin Simien, director of Dear White People, joins Fresh Air to discuss his new film and what motivated him to make a satire about race relations and racial identity.
Simien on how “white movies” are just “movies”
"[Recently] Hollywood has gotten more myopic and has to make very specific choices based on how they think the audience will respond when putting a movie through the production pipeline. It’s gotten real crazily bad, I think.
I think TV has gotten it right. Shonda Rhimes has figured it out, getting multiracial casts on television and appealing to everybody. It’s interesting because I haven’t seen that with “white movies,” which most people just call “movies.” They don’t just appeal to white people, it’s taken as given that a white cast represents everyone: A white male in a movie is an everyman type character, whereas a black man in a movie is a black character and it’s a black movie and it’s only for black people.”
On the table read for the movie
"The film’s got four major black characters, but a lot of the other characters are white in the film and we sat there as friends and as performers and writers [and] actors and had a conversation about it," Simien says. "When I saw that everyone in the room was moved in the same exact kind of way and was having the same conversation about identity and potential, that’s when I felt like, ‘Wow, even though this movie is through my very decidedly black point of view, it’s speaking to a human experience.’"
On how the film developed its tone
"After our first black president … everyone thought we were in a post-racial America and then that post-racial bubble being burst by the birther movement and horrible tragedies like Trayvon Martin, …[and] the blackface parties … that cumulatively awakened me to just how dangerous covert racism can be and how it’s a lot more comfortable for us to stick our heads in the sand about it. But that did unleash an anger in me. It’s just people’s refusal to see or to at least be open to experiences different than them. … That’s when the film took on a much more charged tone to it and became Dear White People.”
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