Why do "we" want Arabs in DUNE, exactly?
"Representation," colonialism & sandworms
My relationship to the politics of representation radically and irrevocably changed in the summer of 2017. Disney was undergoing a highly publicized casting process for the 2019 Aladdin remake. At the time, I was part of a Facebook group, that shall remain unnamed, which routinely discussed such media matters through the lens of identity and representation. Fresh out of a dysfunctionally liberal college environment, I’d yet to develop the tools to step back and critically examine such conversations. For years, I’d taken it at face value that “representation” was good and authentic, in itself a stamp of some vague sense of political “progressiveness.” It was in that comically misguided spirit that I engaged in an online argument (never again) regarding the casting of the 2019 Aladdin remake
Oct 27 2021
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