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Sigh, there’s a great post going around of Desi actors who could have played Khan, but it looks like it got derailed multiple times by people going, ‘But Ricardo Montalban was Mexican, so this should be a list of Mexican actors instead!’
Here’s the problem though — really, Montalban shouldn’t have been playing the role either when the character is Indian and he’s not, but that was what they could get away with during the 1960s. But like, why are still clinging to that NOW when we should be doing better than that?
Ugh, just, I know people have good intentions, but this is just reinforcing the other problem of ‘All POC are interchangeable’ and acting like the 1960s are the height of progressiveness.
Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan on being detained at the U.S. Airport—twice. (Once, he was detained while promoting a film called “My Name is Khan” which was ironically about a person with the last name Khan suffering from repeated racial profiling.)
Multiple actors and other prominent individuals in the film industry with the last name “Khan” have been detained when entering the country. Irrfan Khan (The Life of Pi, Slumdog Millionaire, Spider-man) described the three times he was stopped—while on the way to receive honors for his roles in films such as The Namesake—as “humiliating.” Actor Aamir Khan was stopped and stripped searched in 2002. Director Kabir Khan, was reportedly detained at least three times in 2008 while filming in the United States. The New York Times ended up remarking on The Dangers of Fying While Khan
This much is clear:
If you’re an award winning actor named Khan, you will still get stopped and humiliated at the airport. When that rare character in American media finally shows up sharing your name, he will be played by a white British man. That actor will wear your name for one movie and sneer and strut to great critical acclaim. You will wear your racialized name, your skin color, and hope you don’t get detained another time.
In a piece for the New York Times, Angelina Jolie revealed she underwent a preventative double mastectomy. I’m not going to summarize it here because you should hear it coming from her. If you haven’t yet read it, you really should read it right now here.
Angelina Jolie shared a personal…