Activists in south London are protesting the lack of black actors in lead roles in film and TV.
By Staff on Saturday, March 3, 2018
Young activists in south London are protesting the lack of black actors in lead roles in film and TV.
They’ve taken films like the Harry Potter movies and TV shows such as the Inbetweeners and done this.
can’t believe how amazing it is to see this! @legallyblackuk @AdvocacyAcademy #blackrepresentationmatters pic.twitter.com/SLjiV9zhIr
— ✊?✊?wakanda forever✊? (@livcornibert) March 1, 2018
The spoof film ads were created by Shiden Tekle and his friends to put on their walls at home, but were picked up by advertising agency Special Patrol Group, turned into 6ft posters and put into bus shelters around Brixton.
Loving this new #DoctorWho poster up in Brixton bustop today. Hoping @BBC will take note and cast this awesome lady as the next Doctor? @bbcdoctorwho pic.twitter.com/qI9F7SqinM
— Aisha (@AishaDod) March 1, 2018
They’ve been popping up all over South London.
Spotted this waiting for the number 3. Brilliant concept! @legallyblackuk pic.twitter.com/RMEjAVDHYP
— Guido Tallman (@GuidoTallman) March 1, 2018
Here’s what Tekle told the Guardian;
“I’ve been racially abused since I was 12 and we are always looking at the media and never seeing any positive representations of black people. In big films, black characters are often playing criminals and drug dealers, and that quickly conditions people to believe that all black people are like that. So, we decided to put black faces in the big movies, and challenge people’s perceptions and assumptions.”