For filmgoers to reward Aladdin and not Booksmart hurts me more deeply than I expected. I mean I should have seen it coming but the width of the disparity hurts.— Joanna Robinson (@jowrotethis) May 27, 2019
Very white Vanity Fair Senior editor Joanna Robinson took to Twitter to lament that the coming of age film Booksmart is underperforming. Who is to blame, you say? Certainly not the film distributor but rather competition from a film backed by a major studio with a primarily non-white cast, of course!
After people called her out on her overdramatic tweet, she quickly issued an
The notion that rooting for #Booksmart is a basic bitch white girl thing to do when one lead is not size zero and the other is pushing the envelope on queer representation is, frankly, an outrageous warp of the narrative. OUTRAGEOUS. We can all support each other get it together.— Joanna Robinson (@jowrotethis) May 28, 2019
Some reponses to this very qwhite nonsense under the cut:
I’ve seen more than a few tweets basically pressuring people to see Booksmart or else more movies like it won’t get made. This strategy never works and it is always deployed for movies that cater to anyone but straight white men.— roxane gay (@rgay) May 27, 2019
It’s aggravating. Going to a movie doesn’t solve systemic issues in Hollywood. This idea that we are supposed to be so grateful for representation that we are in the wrong if we don’t drop everything to offer or support is... a mess.— roxane gay (@rgay) May 27, 2019
I’m sure Booksmart is great. I will see it at some point and enjoy it but honestly I don’t care about loquacious white girls in high school. That is not at the top of my entertainment list today. And it is up against Endgame, John Wick and Alladin.— roxane gay (@rgay) May 27, 2019
Smaller movies always struggle against big budget fare. And if Hollywood looks at these numbers and decides to not make another such movie, that isn’t the fault of the audience. It’s Hollywood’s fault!!!— roxane gay (@rgay) May 27, 2019
Setting aside the fact that Booksmart is an indie (with a majority white cast) and Aladdin was mantled by Disney...crapping on one of the few western films with a majority brown cast hurts brown people deeply. 🤷🏻♀️ https://t.co/7LgDgSg9Iy— Priyanka Taslim 👻🧞♀️ (@bhootbabe) May 28, 2019
The fervor over Booksmart not doing as well as more diverse movies perplexes me. Did you think yet another predominately white coming of age story was going to appeal to the Black and Brown audience that drives the success of more diverse films? The trailer cuts are well...— ❄Mikki Kendall❄ (@Karnythia) May 28, 2019
White film critics who took up arms against me over DR STRANGE, GITS, GREAT WALL are now making "representation"-based arguments to show their dismay over BOOKSMART losing to mega-blockbusters this weekend, that's cool— Studio Glibly (@NoTotally) May 27, 2019
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White women showed up for Booksmart like they did for Hillary Clinton.— Robert Young (@robertcyoung) May 27, 2019
What are some of your favorite coming of age films featuring non-white female protagonist, ONTD?