Racism, Sexism, and Hannibal: Eat The Rude

Today’s Midweek Geekiness comes courtesy of Hettienne Park. People feel very passionately about their television shows and their characters. In one instance, Anna Gunn from Breaking Bad wrote a New York Times Op-ed piece about the disdain some fans had for Skyler White.
In Ms. Park’s case race, as well as gender, proved to spark a firestorm after the death of her character. In this post readers look at the person behind the role, the creative decisions in the course of a program, and the need for civil discourse in media issues.

Eat This

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I’m an American actress and I play Beverly Katz on NBC’s HANNIBAL created by Bryan Fuller. (Spoiler Alert coming right now!!!) And she dies in episode 4 of Season 2. That episode got a lot of positive reviews, but it also incited an on-line storm of vitriol directed to Fuller himself for killing off Katz, or more specifically, for being racist and sexist. I caught wind of this myself via Twitter from our beloved Fannibals. And I thought maybe it’d be productive to talk about rather than ignore it.

Fuller cast me in a role that I didn’t think I had a chance in hell of getting. I rarely if ever see minorities, women, minority women, let alone Asian women, get to play characters like Beverly Katz. I rarely if ever see characters like Beverly Katz period. And her last name is Katz for Christ’s sake. Pretty open-minded, non-racist, pro-feminine…

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