One time I was at a party with other dignitaries and we had this moment where I noticed a lot of the ladies seem to treat the white lady with sort of like, gentle gloves? So kindly and gently, as if the white woman might break at any moment?
and then one of the ladies, an old friend, pipes up that white women aren’t our friends, unless you know them, they are the friends of other whites in the room, and how their APPROVAL of and care by the Poc in that room- in a poc dominant room- was more important than actual connections, such that Poc have to walk on eggshells, tone themselves down, be less loud etc just to satisfy this.. white gaze, this white interest.
And my friend was right.
I remembered this when there was backlash for casting brown actors for Triss and Yen, and it reminded me that like… white people seem to think that an actor being white itself is taken as a sort of endorsement of the role, and being brown or black (like the casting for Fringilla Vigo) means that these actors have to be twice as good to get recognised. Anything less and the criticisms are hard.
Look, im a brown woman and I will say this that I’m happy with the casting of Fringilla Vigo was a good choice, and the actor does it really well. I really feel this picture is important here for Mimi Ndiweni in terms of her acting skills that people have criticised harshly and unfairly.
I really don’t know why Anya’s acting was so much under fire when I have seen white actors put half as much effort and be awarded blimmin’ BAFTAs for that crap, while Anya is doing her best and is called “off” for being… well, existing as a brown woman. Particularly cruel in the white fans is the tendency to downplay the racism because white people will literally observe everything before reluctantly even considering that its their racism, not logic or fairness, that is making them so unfairly critical of brown and black actors.
I just realised that Fringilla is played by Mimi Ndiweni who played the cutest cinnamon role shopgirl Tilly in Mr Selfridge, like the actress is so versatile sheesh (+ Borch is Mr. Crabb from that show too, it seems the UK has like 9 actors)