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04 November 2010 @ 12:28 pm
30 days of characters of color  
Between the 30 days of TV, 30 days of Whedon, 30 days of Buffy, 30 days of Angel, and 30 days of female awesome (not to mention 30 days for like every fandom ever), I really thought we needed this. I came up with the days with anythingbutgrey and diseased_inside giving feedback before I published it. I really hope this catches on and people do it.

Day One: Favorite non-white male lead character
Day Two: Favorite non-white female lead character
Day Three: Favorite non-white male supporting character
Day Four: Favorite non-white female supporting character
Day Five: Non-white character you relate to
Day Six: Favorite non-white male character on a white-driven show
Day Seven: Favorite non-white female character on a white-driven show
Day Eight: Favorite non-white character in a comedy show
Day Nine: Favorite non-white character in a drama show
Day Ten: Favorite non-white character in a scifi/supernatural show
Day Eleven: Favorite non-white male character who needs more screentime
Day Twelve: Favorite non-white female character who needs more screentime
Day Thirteen: Favorite non-white character in a children's book
Day Foutreen: Favorite non-white character in a YA book
Day Fifteen: Favorite non-white character in a fiction book
Day Sixteen: Favorite non-white character in an action movie
Day Seventeen: Favorite non-white character in a comedy movie
Day Eighteen: Favorite non-white character in a drama movie
Day Nineteen: Favorite non-white character in a sci-fi movie
Day Twenty: Favorite non-white character in an animated show
Day Twenty-One: Favorite non-white character in an animated movie
Day Twenty-Two: Favorite non-white male mythological character
Day Twenty-Three: Favorite non-white female mythological character
Day Twenty-Four: Favorite non-white male character from literature (pre-20th century)
Day Twenty-Five: Favorite non-white female character from literature (pre-20th century)
Day Twenty-Six: Favorite non-white friendship
Day Twenty-Seven: Favorite non-white pairing
Day Twenty-Eight: A non-white male fic rec
Day Twenty-Nine: A non-white female fic rec
Day Thirty: Anything you like

Feel free to interpret it however you like. Just have fun with it and celebrate some really amazing characters!
Angry Scientist: BTVS: Giles [cleanangryscientist on November 4th, 2010 07:50 pm (UTC)
Sorry, not trying to start anything up but... 'white' meaning...? According to USA standards/definition?
Kellyxlivvielockex on November 4th, 2010 07:58 pm (UTC)
According to your definition. For me, I am taking it as Anglo-Caucasian whites. I know that "white" means different things in different parts of the world. So really, it is whatever the person the meme feels is non-white.

And no worries, you weren't starting anything at all. *hugs*

Edited at 2010-11-04 07:58 pm (UTC)
Lexieilowyn on November 4th, 2010 09:50 pm (UTC)
Great job on something difficult but necessary. I'm putting it on my list of 30 Day Memes to do (which rarely ever happen, so expect it mid-2011?)
Kellyxlivvielockex on November 4th, 2010 09:52 pm (UTC)
I write down all my answers in advance and then do pic searches when I can (thank you google) and let me tell you, some of them are really really hard. Living in the Western world, watching mostly American television, it is way way too hard. LOL

But I am determined! Needs to be done!
Lexieilowyn on November 5th, 2010 12:28 am (UTC)
What I'm wondering is if you could, for example, list James Roday's Shawn as a lead male because the actor is Latino while the character isn't . . . the same could be said for Charisma Carpenter and Edward James Olmos, though I never could figure out if Adama was supposed to be coded as a minority or not. Sad to say, actors of color playing white-coded characters could make it easier . . . good luck. I look forwards to seeing what you have, because I don't do much international film or television either, so it'll be just as hard for me when I try it1
eowyn_315eowyn_315 on November 5th, 2010 01:32 am (UTC)
I'd say Adama is a minority who's passing. It's kind of a retcon, since he does seem coded white for most of BSG, but Caprica makes it obvious that he's a minority - and whether to hide their heritage and pass as Caprican/white is an issue in his family.
leobrat: juliagoleobrat on November 4th, 2010 09:59 pm (UTC)
I have at least 3 30 Days meme's saved and ready to go.

Hmmm...question...I'm curious about this because as I found out on the other meme's, it's *super* hard to narrow down to Very Tip Top of your list for anything, but as I did a quick scan...

For Day 1, one of the first characters to spring to mind for me was Santiago Herrera from FNL. He was a Mexican character played by an Italian-American actor (Benny Ciaramello).

For Day 2, she might not be Tip Top of the list (I'd have to give all of this more than three minutes of thought) but she would definitely be Top 5 is Rebecca Logan from Greek, played by Dilshad Vadsaria. Dilshad is Pakistani but Rebecca, from her name and the other members of her family we've seen I guess is supposedly a Caucasian character.

I guess this isn't really the point of this 30 Day, but it did make me start thinking about all of this...

Anyway, just wondering out loud...
Kellyxlivvielockex on November 4th, 2010 10:07 pm (UTC)
That is really hard because we don't really see Rebecca's mom. We do meet her dad and he is white. It's a tough call. Like Charisma is multi-racial but Cordelia is coded white. I never got the sense that Rebecca was coded white, I always thought she was coded bi-racial.

But again, it is pretty much up to however people want to interpret it. Like if someone feels character X is non-white, go for it. It's a meme. LOL And it depends on where you live too. In Europe, my answers on a census/poll are different than when I lived in South America or when I lived in the US because of the way the categories are defined.

There is actually a really great book called The History of White People which talks all about how white became well white. LOL
leobratleobrat on November 4th, 2010 10:24 pm (UTC)
It's really interesting to think about these things- being multi-racial, etc. I'm Asian on my dad's side, which some people pick up on and some people don't. Basically I'm as Asian as the Jon & Kate Plus 8 kids, but I don't look it.

And on my mom's side, being Sicilian...well that would be considered 'white', but when my great-grandmother came over early last century, it was not.

Excellent food for thought, miss...
Sunny: DH fanpeoplesunny_serenity on November 7th, 2010 12:49 am (UTC)
I was thinking of doing this but damn woman, this is HARRRRD! *still contemplates*
Kellyxlivvielockex on November 27th, 2010 09:29 pm (UTC)
Oh I know! It just goes to show we need more COC on television and in movies!
Sunny: SMV Chloe make with the 'splainysunny_serenity on November 28th, 2010 06:56 am (UTC)
Word, sister. Methinks the month of December shall be filled with this meme...
Eibhlin with a Bimpetusofadream on November 29th, 2010 09:48 am (UTC)
Well then. This looks a bit difficult for some of these questions simply due to the fact that I generally don't pay attention to people's skin color.

I don't mean that to sound bad, I guess I'm just of the opinion that someone's race doesn't matter, I just care about whether or not they are an interesting character, and from there weather or not the actor portrays them well.

I think I'm going to attempt doing this for december. Cause it's not like I don't already have like 4 other thirty days that I've started and never finished. But I look forward to it. It'll be fun to see how much "color" pervades my favorite forms of entertainment.