It has been recently announced that the new Doctor Who will be played by a female. Great! Fantastic! Is it? I have no clue; never watched that series; never heard of that actress before; probably will never watch it in the future, either. But the Internet is celebrating as if all the world’s wars came to an end.
For those of you who do not know what “Doctor Who” is all about – the show is about “the Doctor”, who travels the Universe in his time-travelling spaceship, helping different civilizations. The show started in the 1960s, and has since seen 12 different people play the main role. Because the very first “Doctor” started getting sick a few years into the show, the writers decided to write in a story about regeneration through reincarnation, which made it possible for different people to play the same character for years. All of the 12 actors playing it in the past were white males, but that is to change with the 13th regeneration scheduled to occur towards the end of this year. Fans have been voicing their opinions in the past, saying they would like to see a female as a lead, or a person of color. They finally got what they asked for – a female lead. The former executive producer used to give the lead to whoever he thought felt right for the story. However, the current one has always wanted to see a woman in that role. And that is what bothers me a little.
That article reminded me of the issue related to the Oscars in the past couple of years. People started boycotting the film recognition event, because the nominees/ winners were not culturally diverse enough. There were too many Caucasian actors nominated/ winning the trophies, and not enough African-American ones. That, in turn, led to Asians speaking out about how they are underrepresented in movies and how they cannot get rid of the stigma related to various stereotypes of Asian men.
I fully support people of color making movies in order to increase their chances of being recognized, but bullying others into recognizing you just because you are of a different race is not what equality means. If there are 10 people participating in a preliminary event and you can pick 4 to move on to the real games, would you not pick the best 4? Would it not be the smartest to pick those 4 who did the best in the qualifying events vs. each of a different skin color, even if the 3 out of those 4 were the last 3 to cross the finish line? What would that do to those who came 2nd, 3rd and 4th, but were not picked because they were white? Is that not racist??? Does it not kill healthy competition?
There are more white actors in Hollywood than of other skin color. Statistically speaking, they have a higher chance of getting nominated. One would like to think that when it comes to recognition, it is the talent that should be rated, not the color of ones skin. I do not give out the awards, but it so happens that I have seen more skilled Caucasian actors than African-American ones. You might raise the issue of more white people being cast in mainstream movies. Absolutely. I am aware of this. However, that does not mean that we should go overboard and cast different races for a character they would not fit. Would you want to see Martin Luther King Jr. being played by a white guy? That would be silly. White people cast white people in their movies? Yep. But I have also seen black people movies with an all black cast. Tit for tat?
We often hear different groups of people banding together and calling for equality, but as seen below, that is not what they really want. Our caloric intakes are not equal. We all differ in age, size, lifestyles, workout routines and appetite. Distributing the same amount of food between different people will not satisfy them equally. Some will have too much, while others will not have enough. That definitely would not be fair, would it? What would be fair, would be to divide the food according to their needs. A 5-year-old will need less food than a 35-year-old farmer.
Same with feminists, who demand equality. It is a scientific fact that men and women are different and therefor cannot be treated exactly the same. Equality is a faulty concept. What is really desired here is equity – for females to have same opportunities as males.
However, after all is said and done, it is my observance with all these different groups (blacks, feminists, LGBTQ+) that they do not want equity. They of course ask for equality, but that is just an ignorant use of the word, and they do not really want it, either. What they REALLY want is superiority. In one of the TV series I watched recently, a mother talked to her daughter about feminism and the lack of equality between males and females in today’s world. The daughter did not really see it, as she felt as if she could vote, she could drive a car, she could drink, she could go to college, etc. Basically, she did whatever she wanted to do, so she did not feel as if she needed to fight for more rights. However, her mother said something along the lines of: “Women have been oppressed for so many years, we should get revenge now (i.e. more rights than men)”. And that is how I feel reality is like, too. We always want more. Just because someone did something cruel to our ancestors hundreds of years ago does not mean that nothing has changed, or that we should get damages.
Equality is not fair. Equity is not fair (the tallest boy is upset he got no boost), and it is not what people really want. But it is very important to see what causes people to fight for equity, so that we can remove those barriers and allow everyone to be satisfied without any preferential treatment.