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.
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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