Now Hollywood needs a black wonder woman
Feminism; what all women want and yet very few understand. It’s as popular these days as internet porn or Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of you”, yet as controversial as trying to decide between Nigerian and Ghanaian Jollof rice.
The popularity of feminism in the media can be traced back to early 2000’s to women icons in the USA as Oprah Winfrey, and recently to A-list female celebrities like Beyonce, Rihanna, Sia Furler and Taylor Swift.
Hollywood might have arrived late to the party, but they now have everyone’s full attention. And in case you haven’t noticed, let me give you clear examples from our editor’s favorite Tv shows.
By the end of season 6 of Game of Thrones, Khaleesi had killed her male captors and walked out of fire literally like a terminator, Arya killed the Frey boys and baked them into pies which she then fed to Walder Frey before conveniently slicing his throat.
In King’s Landing, Cersei Lannister burnt down the zealots with wildfire and became Queen(or King?), and in Dorne Ellaria Sand (Oberon’s wife) killed the cripple Doran Martell because he was “weak”. Never shall Dorne be ruled by weak men anymore!
In House of Cards Season 5, Claire Underwood eventually becomes president after some extremely irrelevant and anti-climatic twist to the end of the season. More significant for Claire was when she killed Tom Yates. It was the first time we saw Claire dive into the ‘extreme power hungry’ territory previously reserved for Francis only.
They writers at Homeland managed to place a female president alongside protagonist Carrie Mathison in a refreshingly dark sixth season, while at the same time sacrificing our broken war hero Peter Quinn, and turning Dar Adal and Saul Berenson to has-beens.
Several other characters portraying woman-power in Tv shows such as Dolores from Westworld, Jessica Jones, Selina Meyer from Veep, and Olivia Pope from Scandal are all big hits with feminists all over the world
However, it is the critically acclaimed Wonder Woman that sealed Hollywood’s voice as one of the most effective in promoting the feminist agenda. Gal Gadot’s performance as Wonder Woman was so good that viewer’s all over the world debated Hollywood’s gender pay gap when it was reported that she earned “only $300,000” for the role.
This brings me to the point of this post of why Hollywood must now make a black wonder woman. Maybe not literally as WW is already taken, but must give us a black female action hero.
Every young child had a superhero in him. We all wanted to be Batman or Superman or Spiderman and a little less Aquaman, just to fight the villains that we saw every day in our lives. The truth is that society now has a lot more villains than heroes. It seems that for every superhero, there’s a twenty-fold increase in the number of bad guys.
So how then do we show our black girls that they too can make the best choices when things seem dire? Cue the black wonder woman.
You may argue that black women played prominent roles in 2016 movie “Hidden Figures” and other dramas, but it really does not provide the fun highs and powerful lows that young girls needing to find the heroes in them need. Also, there’s a certain global appeal of an action figure that dramas or comedies could never attain — especially to the younger ones.
You may also argue that black girls don’t need a black wonder woman to be inspired, and that would be true. Except for the fact most black girls in Africa only hold people like Wonder Woman as a distant dream, because the color of their skin would certainly not let them be like Wonder Woman. Ask Lupita Nyong!
Again, most black girls in the US and Europe already suffer subtle hints of racism and gender inequality (which they are more aware of simply by living outside of Africa). So there’s something really gratifying to know that you can look up to your heroine who shares the same origin as you.
Even more so, that her darkest moments will be preceded by an insurmountable victory (like when Wonder Woman transcended to a god to defeat Aries).
It’s true that our screens will be graced early next year by a Black Panther from Wakonda, and that can be very significant if the movie becomes successful. But until then, my point can be summarized in this quote from Boston Legal
You talk about racial equality, how we’re making progress. The problem with that progress
is it’s always a day away.
Tomorrow, tomorrow — you love that! — because it’s always a day away. I’m here to stick out my chin today! Today! Give us an African-American Spider-Man! Give us a black that can run faster than a speeding bullet and leap over tall buildings in a single bound! Not tomorrow — today! Today!
The sun needs to come out today! Not tomorrow, your Honor! God Almighty! Give the American people a black Orphan Annie. It’s just not good enough to say she doesn’t look the part.
Al Sharpton — Boston Legal