- Sep 18, 2012
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Oh Queen Charlotte wasn't real? That's okay then. I watched Enola Holmes recently, the East End was depicted as full of black individuals. The Victorian East End was full of Jews such as my Great grand parents and was the original China town. People of Caribbean and African decent didn't really migrate to the UK until after WW2. If they wanted to depict a multicultural Victorian London why not with Jewish and Chinese?I’m not at all familiar with Bridgerton, but that isn’t a particularly apt comparison. Black people have played a role in British society for centuries, though history books written by people who look as pale as me rarely focused on them. I’m told that the show features an unrealistically racially integrated society, but in reality it’s probably not all that much less fanciful than the universally lily white casts of most British period pieces.
Casting John Wayne as Chinggis Khan, on the other hand, was just a flat out silly move, because the number of white people in Mongolia at that time could be counted on the fingers of the hand of someone who played with fireworks. Even today there are only a couple of thousand of us here. Plus Khan was a historical figure who actually existed.
I mean, I don’t really care. Weird casting decisions made in a different time shouldn’t bother anyone today, but casting a white guy to play Chinggis Khan today would be really dumb, while casting black people to appear in a Regency era drama is fine.