What’s Gonna Happen To This White Guy?

/What’s Gonna Happen To This White Guy?

Here’s a game to play: When you look at posters for movies or TV shows, see if it makes sense to switch the title to “What’s Gonna Happen to This White Guy?” (“Forrest Gump,” “The Martian,” “Black Mass”) or if there’s a woman in the poster, too, “Are These White People Gonna Have Sex With Each Other?” (“Casablanca,” “When Harry Met Sally,” “The Notebook”). Even at a time when minorities account for almost 40 percent of the American population, when Hollywood wants an “everyman,” what it really wants is a straight white guy. But a straight white guy is not every man. The “everyman” is everybody.

Aziz Ansari on homogeneity.

For the record, I loathed The Martian, basically because the entire time I kept wondering why the entire world (read: the supporting cast of women and people of color) all suddenly had to drop everything and immediately Rescue The Mediocre White Guy™. It’s just, like, yeah, okay white dudes. We know it’s y’all’s power fantasy to be The Most Important Guy In The World Quick Stop Everything And Attend To My Needs but do we really need two hours and millions of dollars rubbing your neuroses in our faces? Particularly since the last film I’d watched had been Gravity which, yeah. Compare and contrast much.

2017-07-17T11:42:08+00:0024th November, 2016|Tags: culture, pop culture|


  1. promisedfall 24th November, 2016 at 6:56 am
  2. Vickie 25th November, 2016 at 10:55 am

    That was what my partner (white man) and I thought too when we watched The Martian. But you forgot. The character is not just white. He’s White American! Of course the world stops for him, duh. Other than that, I did find the film entertaining and thought about reading the original novel. *shrugs*

    Gravity has been on my Netflix list for a while. Time to bump it up? IMDb thought Martian was the better of the two?

    • Alis 29th November, 2016 at 8:56 am

      I loved Gravity and hated The Martian, but the former is basically all about a woman who is a (mostly) lone survivor in space. She’s an “everywoman” in the true sense (i.e. she starts with few skills relevant to surviving her situation, and has to learn them as she goes alone) rather than the fake dudebro Gary Stu “mediocre man good at everything” nonsense way in The Martian. Gravity is also more a survival-thriller rather than “swashbuckling in space”, so it’s a different genre, but… yeah. IMO it’s a better movie, but it’s not the “same” movie, if that makes sense?

      Also: IMDb has a chronic issue with men on the site artificially down-ranking media featuring women, so… yeah. I wouldn’t necessarily take its opinion on this one. u_u

  3. inkteller 21st December, 2016 at 11:37 pm

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