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message 1: by Stephanie, Loves Vamps and Werewolves but Zombies scare me!! (last edited Feb 25, 2009 02:45AM) (new)

Stephanie | 4175 comments Mod
Depiction of Indigenous Peoples in Twilight Outrage Native Americans PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 January 2009
Hollywood, CA - Native Americans are outraged over what they hold as
deceptions in and around the production of the Hollywood film series
"Twilight."

With the commercial success of Twilight, Hollywood is abuzz with agents
molding, fitting, and pushing their celebrity actors to pass as Native
Americans.

"The Twilight Series is one of few commercial films, a script, and a story
with Native American roles." said Lydia Ponce. "It is a sad day to see that
the big power agents are marketing Filipino and Asian celebrity actors to
play Native Americans. These are such rare opportunities. When films like
Twilight knowingly and willfully select non-Native American actors to play
Native roles, it sends the message that we're not good enough to represent
ourselves."

Not so long ago Old Western films hired Caucasian actors who were painted a
brownish-red and wore wigs to portray Native peoples. Continued insult and
injury further perpetuating bias, stereotypes, and racism, was so very wrong
and evil then and now. Hollywood is using the tan spray and hair extensions
again.

Twilight Vampire Movie Hollywood agents are instructing their talent to dig and find those 'Native Roots' and publicize their newfound Native American heritage in interviews conveniently in sync with current casting needs and trends.

Twilight's lead actor Taylor Lautner, who allegedly just found his Native
American roots, was given the extraordinary opportunity to play the lead in
the film well after the "discovery" of his ethnicity.

In a recent MTV interview Lautner stated, "I am part Native American. We
learned that through [preparing for:] this film. I'm French, Dutch and
German, and on my mother's side, she has some Potawatomi and Ottawa Indian
in her."

However, in a film with such a strong Native American theme, only two actors
of Native American decent were hired. But due to reasons unknown, Solomon
Trimble (Apache) who played and established the character of Sam Uley, has
suddenly lost his role.

Sam Uley's character has been re-posted onto the Hollywood-casting
breakdown, and it is obvious that Hollywood is now looking for a more
marketable teen heartthrob celebrity actor to play the more substantial and
very desirable part.

Given that this franchise's upcoming sequels have two Native American female
roles, it is concerning that there is only one female role currently open on
the official breakdown casting. It is a very small role that never develops
into a significant female lead.

Reports surfaced across the Internet yesterday morning that Vanessa Hudgens
has auditioned for the other withheld major Native American role in the
series.

It cannot be just mere coincidence that Chris Weitz, the new Director of the
Twilight film series, shares the same powerful agent that is also
representing Vanessa Hudgens and Taylor Lautner.

"Today Native American communities offer plenty of known and unknown
talent." said Lydia Ponce. "How can we accept that Filipinos and other
ethnic groups, talented or not, are being packaged and sold to us as the
redefined and new and improved Native American image? What about the social
responsibility the casting of this film will once more have in terms of its
power to re-identify and redefine an entire culture within the public eye?
Hollywood is not trusting native peoples to portray themselves once again.
It's like we're being ethnically cleansed from mainstream films."

Reliable insider sources, who preferred to stay anonymous, state Taylor
Lautner's Agent, was overheard in commenting during a conversation regarding
Taylor Lautner's Native American heritage, "Well, we had to work around
that. We had to fudge it. No one will know the difference."

Native or not native, in a recent television interview about his reception
by the Native community while promoting the film, Taylor told the press how:
"I actually had a meeting with Quileute tribal members yesterday! I
interviewed them and just wanted to get to know them. One thing they do that
I noticed is they don't need to be told to what to do. If the trash is
getting full, they empty it out. They're always helping each other and are
really nice. They are people just like you and me."

Access Hollywood today confirms that Vanessa Hudgens (Filipino) from High
School Musical HAS auditioned and is up for the role of Leah, the lone werewolf and main Native American female character.
Given that this franchise's upcoming sequels has only two Native American
female roles, it is shocking that the only female role currently open on the
official casting breakdown is the very small role of Emily, a character that
never develops into a significant female lead.

The stronger role of Leah, whose character will develop into a significant
leading role for a Native American actress in New Moon's sequel Eclipse and
Breaking Dawn, is currently absent from the casting breakdowns and therefore
not available to talent agents for submission.

The fact that the major role of Leah is NOT listed on the casting
breakdowns, coupled with the fact that Vanessa Hudgens has auditioned for
the part of Leah, is enough for any Native American actress to feel
discriminated against in the sole right to be given even a chance or
consideration.

It's easy to find the information and cannot be just mere coincidence that
Chris Weitz, the new Director of the franchised film sequel, shares the same
powerful agent (William Morris Agency) also representing Vanessa Hudgens and
Taylor Lautner.

Action Alert: Join us in solidarity--Thursday, Jan. 15 @ 4:00 PM sharp--in
front of Summit Entertainment for a Peaceful Rally/Demonstration: A Prayer
Ceremony (Address is listed below).

Also, please join us in solidarity by having your voice heard by calling,
e-mailing and contacting ALL of the Twilight representatives listed below
and urge them to honor Native Peoples by having us represent ourselves:

Summit Entertainment (Production Company)
Producer: Mark Morgan
1630 Stewart St.
Ste. 120
Santa Monica, CA 90404
USA

mmorgan@imprint-ent.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Phone: 818-733-5410

Stephenie Meyer / author of the Twilight books
c/o Liddell Entertainment
606 N. Larchmont Blvd.
Suite 202
LA, CA 90004


*jasper[♥]alice* (soccerchic123789gmailcom) | 156 comments wow hey thank you for all this information about twilight and newmoon and all of them you are really the only 1 (sorry if i missed any 1 really i am:) ) i thank you !! lolz


message 3: by Stephanie, Loves Vamps and Werewolves but Zombies scare me!! (new)

Stephanie | 4175 comments Mod
No problem I love getting the info out there!


*jasper[♥]alice* (soccerchic123789gmailcom) | 156 comments lolz great cuz i didnt know any of it hehee hey can u tell me y leah isnt in new moon or is it v hudgens??


message 5: by Stephanie, Loves Vamps and Werewolves but Zombies scare me!! (last edited Feb 02, 2009 12:54PM) (new)

Stephanie | 4175 comments Mod
As far as I know Leah won't be involved until Eclipse...for whatever reason they don't feel like they need to introduce her until then. I'm not really sure but didn't she only make that one appearance in New Moon at the dinner with Billy and Jacob??? Maybe thats why they are leaving her out until Eclipse when she joins the pack....


message 6: by Megan (new)

Megan (mcswain) I don't think Leah was in New Moon that much, except for the dinner, too. Was that when she was on the phone?

I understand that they want to make money by pushing more well-known actors or potential heartthrobs, but it's not that hard to find Native Americans to play the parts. I've never really understood that.


message 7: by Bailey (new)

Bailey (werewolflvr) | 73 comments ok let me start by saying this is ridiculous!!! VANESSA HUDGENS IS A DISNEY ACTRESS AND IS DEFINATELY NOT NATIVE AMERICAN AND SHE SHOULDN'T EVEN OF AUDITIONED FOR THE PART OF LEAH!!!!! i find that outrageous! and i do understand why they recast solomon but i find it unfair to him. i am really against vanessa hudgens and find it completely and utterly insane


message 8: by Stephanie, Loves Vamps and Werewolves but Zombies scare me!! (new)

Stephanie | 4175 comments Mod
Amen sister...=P


message 9: by Kay (new)

Kay | 83 comments Oh, Stephnaie!!! You KNOW my opinion on this one! LOL I read this article a few weeks ago. Glad you are posting it.


message 10: by Stephanie, Loves Vamps and Werewolves but Zombies scare me!! (new)

Stephanie | 4175 comments Mod
OH I know as soon as I saw it I thought...DANG Kay already made all those points!!!!


message 11: by Kay (new)

Kay | 83 comments Yes!! Thanks again for including this in the topic discussion. I've come across a number of sites where the Twilight series casting, mainly Jacob's, has really upset people/ fans, myself obviously included, because of the racial/ ethnic issues. I'm not against Taylor's person, but his casting as Jacob was a BIG mistake. But then you knew I would say that! LOL


message 12: by Bailey (new)

Bailey (werewolflvr) | 73 comments yeah the whole thing's just dumb. i mean how stupid can people get? (mainly chris weitz---i mean VANESSA HUDGENS!!! come on!!!!)


message 13: by Keely (new)

Keely (agrimmwife) Thanks for posting this-- I can understand how the situation could be uncomfortable, having to choose between a well-known "face" for a film, yet staying true to the character. Touchy, touchy. IMO, I'd LOVE to see some actors from the Native American community in the next films, even if the character parts are small.


*jasper[♥]alice* (soccerchic123789gmailcom) | 156 comments by Stephanie (last edited 02/02/2009 12:54PM) (new) 02/02/2009 12:54PM
As far as I know Leah won't be involved until Eclipse...for whatever reason they don't feel like they need to introduce her until then. I'm not really sure but didn't she only make that one appearance in New Moon at the dinner with Billy and Jacob??? Maybe thats why they are leaving her out until Eclipse when she joins the pack...


ya, that would make sense i dont remember her really in new moon...but then whats all this talk about Vannessaaaa H. being LEah???? its confusing!!!!!!


message 15: by Kay (new)

Kay | 83 comments Vanessa Hudgens as Leah, PLEASE! Glad that's not happening, though Summit didn't exactly say they wouldn't consider her for the upcoming films so this drama may still be unfolding. However, since they gave in to the Taylor Lautner fans by keeping him, despite legitimate criticisms, I'd like them to accommodate the Twilight fans who want Native actors to have their due as well by casting them. If it's true, I'd like to know the story as to why Summit decided to replace Solomon as Sam and, truly surprising, Krys as Embry; I know I'd have your vote on this, Stephanie, but if they really are replacing Solomon then Sam should be Eddie Spears. In general, the fact that neither Eddie Spears nor Tokala Clifford, both Native American actors, beautiful, and over 6 ft. tall, haven't been mentioned for the Twilight films furthers my suspicions that Summit didn't look "nation wide" for Native actors as they claimed.


message 16: by Stephanie, Loves Vamps and Werewolves but Zombies scare me!! (new)

Stephanie | 4175 comments Mod
EDDIE IS SOOOO AMAZING!!!!


message 17: by Kay (last edited Feb 03, 2009 06:41PM) (new)

Kay | 83 comments Stephanie, I had my own Eddie Spears film fest last weekend. Watched Black Cloud (again), Edge of America, and The Slaughter Rule. It's just downright heartbreaking and ridiculous that man isn't working more!


message 18: by Stephanie, Loves Vamps and Werewolves but Zombies scare me!! (new)

Stephanie | 4175 comments Mod
I need to watch all of those again!!!!! I just love him hes so great!!!


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