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message 1: by Stephanie (last edited Feb 25, 2009 02:45AM) (new)

Stephanie 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


message 2: by Meghan (new)

Meghan | 531 comments I agree. They should have Native Americans play the role. As long as they keep Taylor!


message 3: by Christina♥ , ♥super duper lover of TWILIGHT and oh yeah Edward is mine!♥ (new)

Christina♥  | 3132 comments Mod
I AGREE!!! totally should!


message 4: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie I agree to...I mean why not have Native Americans play Native Americans...kind of makes since....lol


message 5: by Christina♥ , ♥super duper lover of TWILIGHT and oh yeah Edward is mine!♥ (new)

Christina♥  | 3132 comments Mod
no freaking kidding lol :P


message 6: by [deleted user] (new)

haha. but they must keep taylor!!


message 7: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Oh I agree about Taylor...but only because he was Jacob in the first one and I hate when they change actors in a series...oh and because hes soooo cute!!!


message 8: by Carmel (new)

Carmel (carmyk) Wow.
I can see where they're coming from, but they're making Chris sound racist towards Native Americans, which hopefully is not true.


message 9: by Christina♥ , ♥super duper lover of TWILIGHT and oh yeah Edward is mine!♥ (new)

Christina♥  | 3132 comments Mod
I know! Arg! Figure it out ppl!


message 10: by Courtney (new)

Courtney (court617) It makes sense to have Native American actors for N.A. characters.
I have (a) Q(s):
How many Native American actors, experienced, are there?
How many Native Americans actually want to be in a movie?
Honestly, I think they're just looking for a valid way to get press money or whatever you call it.
BTW, they're making Hollywood seem racist for wanting to make money, which is greedy not racist.

Enough of that, read this: "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."

NOO!!!! DISNEY PEOPLE!!! WE'LL HAVING SCREAMING 4TH GRADERS THERE!!! NOOO!!!


message 11: by Carmel (new)

Carmel (carmyk) They should the best actors, if they are Native American, that's even better!

And I'm pretty sure, Vanessa Hudgens is not the best actress for Leah!


message 12: by Sharkgrl920 (new)

Sharkgrl920  (sharkgrl920) | 25 comments i dont think VH is worthy of being called an actress at all. no offence to people who like her but i absollutly HATE her


message 13: by Christina♥ , ♥super duper lover of TWILIGHT and oh yeah Edward is mine!♥ (new)

Christina♥  | 3132 comments Mod
she sucks lol! we need someone new, fresh and Native American! :D


message 14: by Emma (new)

Emma | 113 comments they should use native americans for the Quileutes.


message 15: by Carmel (new)

Carmel (carmyk) It would be great to see some upcoming Native American actors!


message 16: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie I agree and plus there are some really hawt ones...=P


message 17: by Christina♥ , ♥super duper lover of TWILIGHT and oh yeah Edward is mine!♥ (new)

Christina♥  | 3132 comments Mod
yes lol there russett skin tone is like...wow...:D


message 18: by [deleted user] (new)

haha ik!

taylor is actually part native american


message 19: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Lol...he is only a little smidge native american and he didn't even know it until after he was cast to play jacob...lol! I love Taylor but they really should give the other parts to REAL Native American.


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