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27th Jul '16 12:27:04 AM PaulA
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* When the Creator/SciFiChannel adapted the Literature/EarthseaTrilogy into the mini-series ''Series/{{Earthsea}}'', they decided to make the main character white. This [[DisownedAdaptation did not sit well]] with the [[Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin original author]].

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* When the Creator/SciFiChannel adapted the Literature/EarthseaTrilogy Literature/{{Earthsea}} novels into the mini-series ''Series/{{Earthsea}}'', they decided to make the main character white. This [[DisownedAdaptation did not sit well]] with the [[Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin original author]].
19th Jul '16 2:44:49 PM HiJac210
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You may be surprised to learn that this trope has less to do with Western bias (though that's still prevalent, make no mistake) and more to do with [[MoneyDearBoy courting the international dollar]]. In the United States, for example, you're more likely to see female, minority, and LGBT leads in TV shows, where the viewership is mostly domestic. But in big-budget blockbuster films, such actors don't do nearly as well in international markets, particularly China and Russia; blacks and Hispanics aren't seen as relatable to the audiences there, GLBT characters are outright ''banned'' due to the countries' laws against "gay propaganda", and a woman as The Hero might upset social mores depending on the movie. As a result, Western studios often play it safe by casting a plain white male as the lead.

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You may be surprised to learn that this trope has less to do with Western bias (though that's still prevalent, make no mistake) and more to do with [[MoneyDearBoy courting the international dollar]]. In the United States, for example, you're more likely to see female, minority, and LGBT leads in TV shows, where the viewership is mostly domestic. But in big-budget blockbuster films, such actors don't do nearly as well in international markets, particularly China and Russia; blacks and Hispanics aren't seen as relatable to the audiences there, GLBT LGBT characters are outright ''banned'' due to the countries' laws against "gay propaganda", and a woman as The Hero might upset social mores depending on the movie. As a result, Western studios often play it safe by casting a plain white male as the lead.



Tropers are reminded that '''[[TropesAreTools tropes are not always bad]]'''. Many works with white male leads have been praised for their positive portrayals of minority characters. And of course it's a vicious cycle of investors who want to put their money in a sure thing and studios who want to have something to point at to seem like they know what's going to sell; there's no one group to blame.

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Tropers are reminded that '''[[TropesAreTools '''[[TropesAreNotBad tropes are not always bad]]'''. Many works with white male leads have been praised for their positive portrayals of minority characters. And of course it's a vicious cycle of investors who want to put their money in a sure thing and studios who want to have something to point at to seem like they know what's going to sell; there's no one group to blame.
19th Jul '16 2:43:30 PM HiJac210
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You may be surprised to learn that this trope has less to do with Western bias (though that's still prevalent, make no mistake) and more to do with [[MoneyDearBoy courting the international dollar]]. In the United States, for example, you're more likely to see female, minority, and GLBT leads in TV shows, where the viewership is mostly domestic. But in big-budget blockbuster films, such actors don't do nearly as well in international markets, particularly China and Russia; blacks and Hispanics aren't seen as relatable to the audiences there, GLBT characters are outright ''banned'' due to the countries' laws against "gay propaganda", and a woman as The Hero might upset social mores depending on the movie. As a result, Western studios often play it safe by casting a plain white male as the lead.

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You may be surprised to learn that this trope has less to do with Western bias (though that's still prevalent, make no mistake) and more to do with [[MoneyDearBoy courting the international dollar]]. In the United States, for example, you're more likely to see female, minority, and GLBT LGBT leads in TV shows, where the viewership is mostly domestic. But in big-budget blockbuster films, such actors don't do nearly as well in international markets, particularly China and Russia; blacks and Hispanics aren't seen as relatable to the audiences there, GLBT characters are outright ''banned'' due to the countries' laws against "gay propaganda", and a woman as The Hero might upset social mores depending on the movie. As a result, Western studios often play it safe by casting a plain white male as the lead.
10th Jul '16 8:29:04 AM DesertDragon
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You may be surprised to learn that this trope has less to do with Western bias (though that's still prevalent, make no mistake) and more to do with [[MoneyDearBoy courting the international dollar]]. In the United States, for example, you're more likely to see female, minority, and GLBT leads in TV shows, where the viewership is mostly domestic. But in big-budget blockbuster films, such actors don't do nearly as well in international markets, particularly China and Russia; blacks and Hispanics aren't seen as relatable to the audiences there, GLBT representation is outright ''banned'' due to the countries' laws against "gay propaganda", and a woman as The Hero might upset social mores depending on the movie. As a result, Western studios often play it safe by casting a plain white male as the lead.

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You may be surprised to learn that this trope has less to do with Western bias (though that's still prevalent, make no mistake) and more to do with [[MoneyDearBoy courting the international dollar]]. In the United States, for example, you're more likely to see female, minority, and GLBT leads in TV shows, where the viewership is mostly domestic. But in big-budget blockbuster films, such actors don't do nearly as well in international markets, particularly China and Russia; blacks and Hispanics aren't seen as relatable to the audiences there, GLBT representation is characters are outright ''banned'' due to the countries' laws against "gay propaganda", and a woman as The Hero might upset social mores depending on the movie. As a result, Western studios often play it safe by casting a plain white male as the lead.
10th Jul '16 8:27:35 AM DesertDragon
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You may be surprised to learn that this trope has less to do with Western bias (though that's still prevalent, make no mistake) and more to do with [[MoneyDearBoy courting the international dollar]]. In the United States, for example, you're more likely to see female, minority, and GLBT leads in TV shows, where the viewership is mostly domestic. But in big-budget blockbuster films, such actors don't do nearly as well in international markets, particularly China and Russia; blacks and Hispanics aren't seen as relatable to the audiences there, GLBT representation is outright ''banned'' due to the countries' laws against "gay propaganda", and a woman as The Hero might upset social mores. As a result, Western studios often play it safe by casting a plain white male as the lead.

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You may be surprised to learn that this trope has less to do with Western bias (though that's still prevalent, make no mistake) and more to do with [[MoneyDearBoy courting the international dollar]]. In the United States, for example, you're more likely to see female, minority, and GLBT leads in TV shows, where the viewership is mostly domestic. But in big-budget blockbuster films, such actors don't do nearly as well in international markets, particularly China and Russia; blacks and Hispanics aren't seen as relatable to the audiences there, GLBT representation is outright ''banned'' due to the countries' laws against "gay propaganda", and a woman as The Hero might upset social mores.mores depending on the movie. As a result, Western studios often play it safe by casting a plain white male as the lead.
10th Jul '16 8:25:46 AM DesertDragon
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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 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 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."

Many stories, both real and fictional, are often subjected to {{Race Lift}}s in TV or movie adaptations so that there will be a white guy in the lead role. Another common tactic is for the adaptation to focus on a white male who was a minor character in the original story.

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There are, of course, shows and films You may be surprised to learn that this trope has less to do with female and/or minority leads, but those works are almost always targeted towards those specific demographics. If a producer wants Western bias (though that's still prevalent, make no mistake) and more to appeal across all demographics, chances are they'll go do with [[MoneyDearBoy courting the international dollar]]. In the United States, for example, you're more likely to see female, minority, and GLBT leads in TV shows, where the viewership is mostly domestic. But in big-budget blockbuster films, such actors don't do nearly as well in international markets, particularly China and Russia; blacks and Hispanics aren't seen as relatable to the audiences there, GLBT representation is outright ''banned'' due to the countries' laws against "gay propaganda", and a woman as The Hero might upset social mores. As a result, Western studios often play it safe by casting a plain white male lead (with as the occasional Creator/WillSmith and Creator/JackieChan exception). This is because there is still racism in lead.

Adaptations aren't safe either; even if
the West; whites are the majority there and studios believe main character is explicitly a person of color, they are 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 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."

Many stories, both real and fictional,
are often subjected to {{Race Lift}}s in TV or movie adaptations film so that there will be a white guy in the lead role. And if they were gay, expect them to be turned straight or have their sexuality downplayed as much as possible. Another common tactic is for the an adaptation or historical piece to focus on a white male who was played a minor character roll in the original story.
story, then overblow his importance so that he's the lead.
3rd Jul '16 2:47:29 PM Sapphirea2
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** All the Doctors so far have been white males, even though it has been stated and shown that Time Lords can change race and sex when they [[TheNthDoctor regenerate]]. There's been debate among fans -- and indeed, Creator/{{the BBC}}, who's considered black actors for the role -- of getting a female or alternate race in, but this quickly degrades into accusations that it was wrecked.
** For the run on the classic show, the Doctor was treated as asexual, but the TV movie and the revived series frequently make overtures of the Doctor having sexual tension with his female companions (and pansexual male companion Captain Jack Harkness). One of Peter Capaldi's demands upon taking the role was for the Doctor to become an aromantic again.

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** All the Doctors so far have been white males, even though it has been stated and shown that Time Lords can change race and sex when they [[TheNthDoctor regenerate]]. There's been debate among fans -- and indeed, Creator/{{the BBC}}, who's considered black actors for the role -- of getting a female or alternate race in, but this quickly degrades into accusations that it was would be wrecked.
** For the run on the classic show, the Doctor was treated as asexual, but the TV movie and the revived series frequently make overtures of the Doctor having sexual tension with his female companions (and pansexual male companion Captain Jack Harkness). One of Peter Capaldi's demands upon taking the role was for the Doctor There are conflicting stories as to become an whether Creator/PeterCapaldi (the Twelfth Doctor) wanted to make him aromantic again.again when he took on the role. What is clear is that initially the show '''seemed''' to be going in that direction in his first season...but by the end of Series 9 it was clear that the Doctor and Clara Oswald's relationship ran '''far''' deeper emotionally than simple friendship (to the point that the season finale has him mocked for claiming she's just his friend, given that he [[spoiler: would risk the universe to bring her back from the grave]]), while the post-season Christmas special was an out-and-out RomanticComedy involving him and River Song, one of his several wives.
17th Jun '16 5:26:32 PM ironballs16
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-->'''[=SuperCraig=]: {{Creator/Marvel}} is making a [[Film/BlackPanther black superhero movie]].

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-->'''[=SuperCraig=]: -->'''[=SuperCraig=]''': {{Creator/Marvel}} is making a [[Film/BlackPanther black superhero movie]].
17th Jun '16 5:26:11 PM ironballs16
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* Lampooned in ''VideoGame/SouthParkTheFracturedButWhole'', taking particular aim at the MarvelCinematicUniverse with the gag.
-->'''[=SuperCraig=]: {{Creator/Marvel}} is making a [[Film/BlackPanther black superhero movie]].
-->'''The Coon''': Yeah, ''now''! They waited years to get to that! [[FollowTheLeader We follow their plan]] - we do all the real people first, then we sneak the black guy in at Phase 3.
4th Jun '16 4:52:35 PM wuggles
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** The Prequel Trilogy had this. Introducing Mace Windu, an Hispanic Bobba Fett, and other minorities, Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Padmé (All White) recieve the most screen time.
** In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', Finn (Black Male) is [[SupportingProtagonist alluded to being the hero]] for most of the movie. Also [[HeroOfAnotherStory Poe Dameron]] is hispanic. While both do play major roles in the films, its revealed that Rey (White female) is the ChosenOne while the main antagonist is Kylo-Ren (White Man).

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** The Prequel Trilogy had this. Introducing Mace Windu, an Hispanic Bobba Fett, and other minorities, Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Padmé Padme; (All White) recieve the most screen time.
** In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', Finn (Black Male) Male,) is [[SupportingProtagonist alluded implied to being be the hero]] hero for most of the movie. Also movie, and [[HeroOfAnotherStory Poe Dameron]] is hispanic. played by Hispanic actor Oscar Isaac. While both do play major roles in the films, its it's revealed that [[spoiler: Rey (White female) is the ChosenOne ChosenOne]] while the main antagonist is Kylo-Ren Kylo Ren (White Man).
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