“I always admired Wonder Woman and the Incredible Hulk, but I don’t know if I’d be a very convincing Hulk.”
Lucy Liu smacks down PSFs~
Lucy Liu at the 2012 NYWIFT Muse Awards (x)
If you look at the percentage of ethnicities and the percentage of women on television now, it’s such a different time. That’s how you keep things current. You update and you change them accordingly.
People probably thought the same thing about the president of the United States, how is it possible that you have someone who’s not Caucasian, in that vision. I think things are shifting quite a bit.
It’s nice to be able to portray an Asian-American on camera without having an accent, or without having to be spoofy. And I think that’s a big step forward, because there are still representations of people that are more comedic. And that’s not what I’m playing.
I’m just playing somebody who represents anyone else who would be living in America or outside of it, who is just a regular person.
Joan Watson won Fandom March Madness : Why it Matters .
So over on livejournal there is an alternate March Madness held, called f_march_madness, but its all about fandom - with nominated characters competing against each other for the win! And this year, Joan Watson from Elementary took home the top honours. This is pretty cool and let me tell you why. .
- Female characters are so usually reviled and hated by audiences, we’re conditioned to hate them (I’ll do a longer post on this topic later) so its wonderful to see a female character receive such an outpouring of love. And most of the characters in the f_march_madness are ladies, so thats awesome.
- The ‘Sherlock’ fandom as a whole (including all the series/movies/etc) is an incredibly impassioned one; people have strong opinions on who these famous characters are. When news of Elementary started coming out and that Watson would be gender flipped into a woman, this fandom spoke out loudly - there was quite a bit of dissent and mistrust of this. People were upset that such an iconic character was undergoing this change and others felt it was a cheap trick by CBS to bring in viewers. Whatever the reason and despite all the wariness, people have embraced Elementary and they have embraced Joan
- With a show like Elementary, the “primary” character is Sherlock and the majority of the fanlove should be going towards him. Yet, it is Joan that is captivating audiences. We feel like we can relate to her, she is normal, she dresses normal and in many ways she is a gateway character for us, the audience. We can see ourselves in her.
- She’s a woman of colour. Not only was this new Watson a woman, but she is also a woman of colour. The tv landscape that is so painfully whitewashed, studios operate under the impression that
whiteaudiences can’t “connect” with anyone who isn’t white. Obviously this is a load of crap, but it is still a persistent and oppressive element in our tv. A majority of the characters in f_march_madness are white, but its great to see this awesome woman, a woman of colour, win.
- Its a new show, she’s a new character. Most of the other characters in the competition are from older fandoms - Hermione Granger came in 2nd and she’s from arguably one of the largest fandoms of all time. Elementary is small by comparison, yet the fans were passionate enough to vote it to the top.
- Its Lucy Liu. ‘nuff said. She’s a badass.
THIS IS SO WONDERFUL.
I am so damn happy, I love Joan Watson and Elementary so much, this is amazing.
Lucy Liu and Jimmy Fallon dancing with pie in their faces, last night at “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon”
If you see this and aren’t amused by this, I am not sure we can be friends.
“I have been afraid to reveal this aspect of myself because people don’t like you to wear too many hats – they criticise you for it. I didn’t want it to be seen as disposable, because art is not disposable to me. When you do a movie or you are working in television, the people that you work with become your life; it is a very intimate experience that takes you somewhere emotionally. The experience of painting something has the same effect. Whether the painting is a success or a failure, the time that I was involved in it remains the same.” — Lucy Liu