Best and Worst Internet Reactions to Mehcad Brooks's Casting as Jimmy Olsen

Thursday, 29 January 2015 - 1:53PM
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Thursday, 29 January 2015 - 1:53PM
Best and Worst Internet Reactions to Mehcad Brooks's Casting as Jimmy Olsen

Jimmy Olsen is no longer a redhead, and the always dependable internet had many things to say on the matter.

 

Jimmy Olsen

 

There were a few hesitations about the casting that seem somewhat legitimate; some thought that he was older than the comics character is usually portrayed, others were incensed that he was going to be Supergirl's love interest, or that such a milquetoast character was going to be in the show at all. One of the most common (and amusing) complaints is that Mehcad Brooks is simply too good-looking to play nerdy, awkward Jimmy Olsen (although I had a big crush on Aaron Ashmore in Smallville, just saying). But, of course, the internet is terrible, so there were plenty of people who took to Twitter, Reddit, and comment sections to whine about Brooks being black. Fortunately, there were also a lot of clever people to make fun of them:

 

Worst

 

The racists came in a few different varieties:

 

The ones who get right to the point

 

 

Jimmy Olsen

 

The classic "I'm not racist, but...":

 

 

Jimmy Olsen

 

The ones who LOVE to make this argument:

 

 

There were many tweets/comments in this same vein, so let's just get this out of the way. It's not the same. First of all, for characters like Black Panther, their ethnicity is often an important part of their storylines, while Jimmy Olsen is not significantly impacted by his race in the comics. This will often be the case for white characters, because society sees whiteness as default, so there's generally no need to have a storyline surrounding a character's whiteness, unless they're being racist. 

 

Some have been saying, "I'm fine with black characters, but we should write new ones rather than changing traditionally white characters." There's an argument to be made that this would be a better avenue to take for diversifying, but it's not quite that simple. There's a paucity of black characters, and especially iconic black characters, specifically because they are underrepresented in comics. So if using popular characters is going to bring more viewers in, and most of the popular characters are white, then this will lead to severe white-washing in the adaptations. This Twitter user said it best:

 

 

The incomprehensible crybabies:

 

 

Jimmy Olsen

 

And then this truly terrifying nonsense:

 

Jimmy Olsen

 

No, Reddit, I'm not subscribed to /r/Coontown, thanks so much for clearing that up.

 

I went down the rabbit hole, guys. This is from a subreddit called /r/Coontown, which was formed because, I kid you not, the creators thought that these people were "SJWs."

 

And the comments were equally charming:

 

Jimmy Olsen

 

Jimmy Olsen

 

I mean, it's a television show, so yeah, it is a movie you won't be seeing, I guess?

 

Jimmy Olsen

 

The lesson I learned today: never go on Reddit. Nothing good ever comes from it.

 

Best

 

But then these people came to restore my faith in humanity:

 

 

YES

 

 

And that, in short, is the answer to people who say, "But I would be just as upset if they changed a non-white character to a white character..."

 

Too real:

 

 

 

Superman's not racist, but...

 

 

The real problem:

 

 

Those frakking immigrants:

 

 

This was actually a common complaint

 

 

 

 

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