History Main / WhiteMaleLead

19th Jan '16 6:00:41 AM camyok
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It is an aversion, not a subversion, and it is not a particularly notable aversion.
* Subverted with ''Series/{{Quantico}}'', which has an Indian-American female lead.
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* Subverted with ''Series/{{Quantico}}'', which has an Indian-American female lead.
16th Jan '16 12:04:33 AM Anddrix
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There are, of course, shows and films with female and/or minority leads, but those works are almost always targeted towards those specific demographics. If a producer wants to appeal across all demographics, chances are they'll go with a white male lead (with the occasional Creator/WillSmith and Creator/JackieChan exception). This is because there is still racism in the West; whites are the majority there and studios believe they are [[ViewersAreMorons unable to relate to minority characters]]. Men are not the majority, but in the world of writing most of them are and there's still plenty of sexism in the west, so they thus [[ViewersAreMorons believe that their audience can't relate to women either]]. Advertising for a show or film will often show the white male in the front and centre with all other characters in the background. It is the advertiser's way of saying, "Yes, this show is perfectly accessible to the majority of Americans."
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There are, of course, shows and films with female and/or minority leads, but those works are almost always targeted towards those specific demographics. If a producer wants to appeal across all demographics, chances are they'll go with a white male lead (with the occasional Creator/WillSmith and Creator/JackieChan exception). This is because there is still racism in the West; whites are the majority there and studios believe they are [[ViewersAreMorons unable to relate to minority characters]]. characters. Men are not the majority, but in the world of writing most of them are and there's still plenty of sexism in the west, so they thus [[ViewersAreMorons believe that their audience can't relate to women either]].either. Advertising for a show or film will often show the white male in the front and centre with all other characters in the background. It is the advertiser's way of saying, "Yes, this show is perfectly accessible to the majority of Americans."
8th Jan '16 12:49:05 PM Discar
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->''"Our team consists of two black guys, two white women, and one white guy, so I guess its pretty clear whos in charge."'' -->--'''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica''', ''Website/TheEditingRoom's'' abridged script for ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier''
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->''"Our team consists of two black guys, two white women, and one white guy, so I guess its it's pretty clear whos who's in charge."'' -->--'''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica''', -->-- '''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica''', ''Website/TheEditingRoom's'' abridged script for ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier''

** It's worth noting that Marvel's various TV shows are much more diverse, with only [[Series/{{Daredevil 2015}} one]] starring a white man. ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' has an ensemble cast that includes multiple women and people of color, ''Series/AgentCarter'' stars Peggy Carter, and the ''[[Series/JessicaJones2015 Jessica Jones]]'' and ''Series/LukeCage'' series star a woman and a black man, respectively. This isn't too surprising, since the small screen is generally better than the big at featuring women and minority characters in lead roles.
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** It's worth noting that Marvel's various TV shows are much more diverse, with only [[Series/{{Daredevil 2015}} one]] starring a white man. ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' has an ensemble cast that includes multiple women and people of color, ''Series/AgentCarter'' stars Peggy Carter, and the ''[[Series/JessicaJones2015 Jessica Jones]]'' and ''Series/LukeCage'' ''Series/LukeCage2016'' series star a woman and a black man, respectively. This isn't too surprising, since the small screen is generally better than the big at featuring women and minority characters in lead roles.
6th Jan '16 7:32:34 AM comicwriter
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** Rumor has it that one of the reasons that the long-planned ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' movie is languishing in DevelopmentHell is because of the lack of white male characters in the team. Of the characters from the comic, Alex Wilder is black, Nico Minoru is a Japanese-American girl, Molly Hayes is a little girl, Karolina Dean is a lesbian, Victor Mancha is Latino, and Xavin is a shape-shifting alien that usually settles on the form of a black girl. Chase Stein is the only white male on a team of 5-6 characters.
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** Rumor has it that one of the reasons that the long-planned ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' movie is languishing in DevelopmentHell is because of the lack of white male characters in the team. Of the characters from the comic, Alex Wilder is black, Nico Minoru is a Japanese-American girl, Molly Hayes is a little girl, Karolina Dean is a lesbian, Molly Hayes is a girl, Victor Mancha is Latino, and Xavin is a shape-shifting alien that usually settles on the form of a black girl. Chase Stein is the only straight white male on a team of 5-6 characters.
6th Jan '16 7:13:49 AM comicwriter
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* The movie ''Film/AbductionOfEden'' is based on a true story about an Asian-American girl who was kidnapped and sold in to sexual slavery. Jamie Chung, the lead actress, has said the movie struggled to find funding or a distributor because the executives wanted to add in a likable white male protagonist who would ultimately rescue Eden, even though such a character never existed in real life.
6th Jan '16 6:58:32 AM comicwriter
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** Rumor has it that one of the reasons that the long-planned ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' movie is languishing in DevelopmentHell is because it has a black protagonist.
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** Rumor has it that one of the reasons that the long-planned ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' movie is languishing in DevelopmentHell is because it has of the lack of white male characters in the team. Of the characters from the comic, Alex Wilder is black, Nico Minoru is a Japanese-American girl, Molly Hayes is a little girl, Karolina Dean is a lesbian, Victor Mancha is Latino, and Xavin is a shape-shifting alien that usually settles on the form of a black protagonist.girl. Chase Stein is the only white male on a team of 5-6 characters.
13th Dec '15 7:21:13 PM oofgnileud
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* A theory known in some internet communities as the Galbrush Paradox posits that the reason that straight white male characters (especially leads) are so ubiquitous is that they are the only type of characters who creators feel like they write as realistically flawed without being required to use PositiveDiscrimination, and that often the people demanding better representation for women, minorities, LGBT, etc. end up calling for the creators' blood when those characters are portrayed as anything less than perfect. The name comes from the ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' series of video games, as the theory explains that if the protagonist Guybrush Threepwood was a woman named Galbrush instead, the developers would be called misogynists if they portrayed her as the exact same hopeless dumbass that Guybrush is. -->"A white male can be a lecherous drunk. A woman can't or it's sexist. Sexualizing women and what all. A white male can be a mentally disturbed soldier whose mind is unravelling as he walks through thehell of the modern battlefield. A woman can't or you're victimizing women and saying they're all crazy. [...] Men can be comically inept halfwits. Women can't. Men can be flawed, tragic human beings. Women can't. And why? Because every single female character reflects all women everywhere."
1st Dec '15 8:43:51 AM babyhenchy1
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** It's worth noting that Marvel's various TV shows are much more diverse, with only [[Series/{{Daredevil}} one]] starring a white man. ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' has an ensemble cast that includes multiple women and people of color, ''Series/AgentCarter'' stars Peggy Carter, and the ''[[Series/JessicaJones2015 Jessica Jones]]'' and ''Series/LukeCage'' series star a woman and a black man, respectively. This isn't too surprising, since the small screen is generally better than the big at featuring women and minority characters in lead roles.
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** It's worth noting that Marvel's various TV shows are much more diverse, with only [[Series/{{Daredevil}} [[Series/{{Daredevil 2015}} one]] starring a white man. ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' has an ensemble cast that includes multiple women and people of color, ''Series/AgentCarter'' stars Peggy Carter, and the ''[[Series/JessicaJones2015 Jessica Jones]]'' and ''Series/LukeCage'' series star a woman and a black man, respectively. This isn't too surprising, since the small screen is generally better than the big at featuring women and minority characters in lead roles.
29th Nov '15 3:30:44 PM StrixObscuro
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** It's worth noting that Marvel's various TV shows are much more diverse, with only [[Series/{{Daredevil}} one]] starring a white man. ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' has an ensemble cast that includes multiple women and people of color, ''Series/AgentCarter'' stars Peggy Carter, and the forthcoming ''[[Series/JessicaJones2015 Jessica Jones]]'' and ''Series/LukeCage'' series star a woman and a black man, respectively. This isn't too surprising, since the small screen is generally better than the big at featuring women and minority characters in lead roles.
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** It's worth noting that Marvel's various TV shows are much more diverse, with only [[Series/{{Daredevil}} one]] starring a white man. ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' has an ensemble cast that includes multiple women and people of color, ''Series/AgentCarter'' stars Peggy Carter, and the forthcoming ''[[Series/JessicaJones2015 Jessica Jones]]'' and ''Series/LukeCage'' series star a woman and a black man, respectively. This isn't too surprising, since the small screen is generally better than the big at featuring women and minority characters in lead roles.roles. ** Rumor has it that one of the reasons that the long-planned ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' movie is languishing in DevelopmentHell is because it has a black protagonist.

* ''Series/{{Sense8}}'' features protagonists from all around the world, two of which are white males. Of those two, Will, [[CreatorProvincialism a clean-cut Chicago cop]], is the only one to receive any sort of training in their newfound abilities and possesses ChronicHeroSyndrome. The first season finale focuses on his efforts to save another member of the cluster from dying. Subverted, though -- he may have started out as this, but [[spoiler: he ends the season as TheLoad and has to stay unconscious or heavily medicated, the others now having to look after him]].
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* ''Series/{{Sense8}}'' features protagonists from all around the world, two of which are white males. Of those two, Will, [[CreatorProvincialism a clean-cut Chicago cop]], is the only one to receive any sort of training in their newfound abilities and possesses ChronicHeroSyndrome. The first season finale focuses on his efforts to save another member of the cluster from dying. Subverted, though -- he may have started out as this, but [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he ends the season as TheLoad and has to stay unconscious or heavily medicated, the others now having to look after him]]. * Subverted with ''Series/{{Quantico}}'', which has an Indian-American female lead.
22nd Nov '15 5:23:48 AM Naram-Sin
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* Universal's ''Film/FortySevenRonin'', based on the Japanese historical legend of The47Ronin starring... [[http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118033107?haasFormId=98003e0c-be4d-4ba0-886d-07c949a13db8&haasPage=0 Keanu Reeves]]. Arguably a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]], since Creator/KeanuReeves ''is'' part-Asian. In fact, Keanu tends to play this role a lot -- a generic-looking blank that is easy for audience members to project themselves onto (even if this doesn't speak well of his acting ability). ExecutiveMeddling had several scenes [[http://www.thewrap.com/movies/article/universal-pulls-47-ronin-director-budget-swells-225m-exclusive-57111?page=0,0 reshot]] because the originals did not give enough focus to Reeves.
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* Universal's ''Film/FortySevenRonin'', based on the Japanese historical legend of The47Ronin starring... starring [[http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118033107?haasFormId=98003e0c-be4d-4ba0-886d-07c949a13db8&haasPage=0 Keanu Reeves]]. Arguably Reeves]] is a debatable [[SubvertedTrope subversion]], since Creator/KeanuReeves ''is'' part-Asian. In fact, Keanu tends to play this role a lot -- a generic-looking blank that part-Asian, but he is easy for audience members to project themselves onto (even if this doesn't speak well of his acting ability).not Japanese and [[OriginalCharacter no character like his]] (a British-Japanese "[[ButNotTooForeign half-breed]]") appears in the original story. ExecutiveMeddling had several scenes [[http://www.thewrap.com/movies/article/universal-pulls-47-ronin-director-budget-swells-225m-exclusive-57111?page=0,0 reshot]] because the originals did not give enough focus to Reeves. Keanu tends to play this role a lot -- a generic-looking blank that is easy for audience members to project themselves onto (even if this doesn't speak well of his acting ability).

* Danny Glover blames this trope for his biopic of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%27Ouverture Toussaint L'Ouverture]] being stuck in DevelopmentHell for years. The script was finished long ago, but every time he shows it around the studios demand the inclusion of "white heroes" as a condition to produce it. [[CompletelyMissingThePoint ''White heroes in a L'Ouverture biopic.'']]
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* Danny Glover Creator/DannyGlover blames this trope for his biopic of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%27Ouverture Toussaint L'Ouverture]] being stuck in DevelopmentHell for years. The script was finished long ago, but every time he shows it around the studios demand the inclusion of "white heroes" as a condition to produce it. [[CompletelyMissingThePoint ''White ''[[CompletelyMissingThePoint White heroes in a L'Ouverture biopic.'']]]]''

* One of the most common criticisms of the film adaptation of ''Film/WorldWarZ''. The novel was a collection of interviews with a large variety of witnesses and survivors of varying genders and nationalities, while Brad Pitt's character -- the sole protagonist -- in the film might as well have been named Punch Whiteman.
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* One of the most common criticisms of the film adaptation of ''Film/WorldWarZ''. The novel was a collection of interviews with a large variety of witnesses and survivors of varying genders and nationalities, while Brad Pitt's character -- the sole protagonist -- in the film -- might as well have been named Punch Whiteman.

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* One ''TheLastSamurai'' is a loose retelling of the most common criticisms of Boshin War and Satsuma Rebellion [[HollywoodHistory rolled into one event]]. It stars fictional American advisor-turned pro-Samurai defector Nathan Algren (played by Creator/TomCruise), whose real inspiration is Frenchman Jules Brunet. While the film adaptation of ''Film/WorldWarZ''. The novel was a collection of interviews with a large variety of witnesses and survivors of varying genders and nationalities, while Brad Pitt's character -- studio insists that the sole protagonist -- "Samurai" in the film might as well have been named Punch Whiteman.title is plural and [[WordOfGod does not]] reference [[MightyWhitey Cruise's character]] (who is not a Samurai) but Creator/KenWatanabe's Lord Katsumoto (a reimagined Saigo Takamori) and his allies, the advertising featured Cruise prominently and the final scene [[spoiler:where SoleSurvivor Algren schools the young Emperor of Japan into respecting his own country's history]] drew some criticism.
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