Black and White


It’s profoundly unfortunate that the debate over whether Idris Elba ought to be able to play a Norse god is still going on. Anyone who is surprised at Kenneth Branagh’s casting decision has obviously never watched Much Ado About Nothing, in which Keanu Reeves and Denzel Washington play royal brothers, with nary an acknowledgement of the fact that one man is white and the other is black:

My only hope is that this movie helps contribute to a trend of color-neutral casting, of movies where women have black friends who are not Sassy Black Ladies, where young urban professionals hang out with a veritable rainbow of hedge funders, fashion magazine editors, and hipster chefs (professional diversity is a lower-priority cause), where in family gathering shots, there are casually mixed-race couples. We can only hope, right?