BDT is my older man crush of the moment. When I was doing research for my review of Che: Part One, I was shocked to find Benicio del Toro referred to as the ‘Latino Brad Pitt’, by the Agence France-Presse nonetheless. Why does he have to be the ‘Latino’ version of Brad Pitt? Surely, he is just himself.
It’s not like film heads don’t know who he is. He has an Oscar, hello! Then it hit me, they used the word ”Latino” as the prefix to the headline. Either this is terrible sub-editing or it is a conscious attempt to make him appear ‘second-rate’ as if his ethnicity requires an explanation.
On his imdb board, there is some of the same nonsense saying he looks like Brad Pitt or James Franco (WTF @ the latter choice as well). I just don’t think it is particularly fair. Why is it that people of colour have to be version 1.1 ? I’m sure BDT is not losing sleep over it but it still irks me all the same.
K.D. Aubert: This example hacks me off even more. Aubert is referred to on plenty of websites as the ‘Black Angelina Jolie’. WTF? Again, why she is a ‘version’ or ‘copy’ of someone else? It leads me to think that some factions of the media only know *how* to sell ethnic minorities as ‘white’ copies because that is supposedly what sells.
This is a serious problem and actually ragingly dangerous especially to younger people who are still impressionable. We are all unique – not copies of others.