Are you ready to meet the band? Introducing Our Holograms:
Jem - Aubrey Peeples
Kimber - Stefanie Scott
Aja - Hayley Kiyoko
Shana - Aurora Perrineau
I’m going to come out and say something.
I am officially done with this production, and here is why.
I could have called that they would choose someone of lighter color for Shana.
Let’s understand something. Shana is dark. To ignore the politics of color is SO frustrating. My idol, the reason I loved this show has been taken from me. The person who looked like me, that I could identify with, has been taken from me by “whitening up” her aesthetic. This phenominon seems to pass the black quota. “Well, she’s kind of black???!?” does not cut it. That actress is half white and yes I am upset because now my favorite character who was supposed to be dark like me is gone, and will hit the mainstream as a “lighter” version. Make no mistake- this was on purpose.
Yes, black people come in all shades and colors and i’m not about to get into that. This is why Lupita is such a big deal, she is DARK- it is unheard of in this industry! That is a BIG DEAL.
If only this film understood the mistake they’ve made, and the people to which they’ve inadvertently said “You’re aesthetic is not good enough”. My heart is broken.