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  •  An interesting contrast to this "white power" (2+ / 0-)
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    theory (which personally I don't think the show is guilty of) is how the subject has been treated by George Romero. The original Night of the Living Dead had a black male protagonist as the "leader" of the group of survivors. This was a detail that was quite significant, given that the movie was released in 1968. The scene where the black protagonist slaps a white woman was especially ballsy for Romero.

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    by bigtimecynic on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 06:41:52 AM PST

    •  Trivia moment (2+ / 0-)
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      Romero was told that the only reason he was able to get away with that scene was due to the subject nature. It was figured that because zombies were so surreal and niche and impossible that the very idea of a black male lead and slapping a white woman was equally impossible so as not to be taken seriously.

      They also figured the film wouldn't have any legs since it was just a bunch of friends putting something together.

      The ironic honestly of that movie though? Much of the social commentary people read into the movie, wasn't there for Romero and friends.

      They honestly and seriously did not intend any of that, but such is the mark of great art. People read into it what they want to read into it, each coming away differently.

      --Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day. - Thomas Jefferson--

      by idbecrazyif on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 08:38:03 AM PST

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    •  Duane Jones wasn't cast because he was black. (1+ / 0-)
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      I've heard several interviews with Romero, and he's repeatedly stated that the reason Jones was cast as the lead was because he was the best actor Romero knew, and that the subsequent racial undertones to the film were entirely accidental, at least in the sense that they were not intended or planned.  It was a low budget horror movie, and casting options were limited, and Romero felt that Jones was the only actor he had who could sustain the lead role.  But the part was not written for a black man.  

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      by Jbearlaw on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 09:23:05 AM PST

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      •  Interview w/Romero. (1+ / 0-)
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        Just thought I would back the point up with a link and a quote:  

        Far from Jones's casting being a comment on the divisive issue of race in America, he was chosen simply because he was "the best actor from among our friends", Romero says.

        But then, as Romero and his producer were driving the film to New York in search of a distributor, news came over the radio that Martin Luther King had been assassinated. "So all of a sudden the idea that Duane was black gave the film much more weight. But we certainly weren't consciously thinking about that. So a lot of the analysis that I have seen written about the film is, I think, a bit overblown."

        source.  

        We are the first to look up and know, with absolute certainty, that the sword we ourselves have forged, is real.

        by Jbearlaw on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 10:14:37 AM PST

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