Still reeling from the epicness that is Star Trek Into Darkness, I went ahead and searched for tags for #Khan expecting a bunch of Benedict Cumberbatch appreciation posts. Boy, was I wrong.
Apparently, there are many people who are in an uproar that Benedict Cumberbatch portrayed Khan…
Yeah I mean no-one complained when Samuel L. Jackson was cast as Nick Fury when the original character’s white.
And the amount of caucasian DNA floating in the Asian gene pool thanks to a couple of centuries of British, Spanish and Portuguese colonialism seems to have passed everyone by.
A 2003 genetic study suggested that up to 1 in 3 ‘black British’ men have a caucasian ancestor in their genetic family tree.
A similar survey in 1999 suggested that the increase in sickle cell anaemia amongst ‘white British’ populations was due to the incidence of African ancestry amongst people who were, as far as they and everyone else was concerned ‘white’.
Suggesting that Indian characters can only be brown skinned is a simplistic position to take and it seems that people are being deliberately ignorant just to have a non-topic to shout about.
Sir Ben Kingsley, who was born Krishna Pandit Bhanji has made a living playing quintessentially British men, not to mention several Jewish characters. Dont’ hear anyone getting their knickers in a twist about the ‘Indianisation’ of Jewish film roles. Oh no.
Seems to me some parts of Tumblr aren’t happy unless they have something to be pissed off about.