Posted by : Wendy B Tuesday, 5 November 2013
|Could you at least try to look like you want to be there?|
It's too late to wish that the role had been given to another actress of greater skill or one who at least cared, and because I love the X-Men and these movies (yes, even #3), I have to grudgingly keep giving her a chance. If she can prove to me that she’s actually read an X-Men comic since taking on the role and commenting with disdain that *this* (as in Storm, the woman worshiped as a goddess by her people, the queen, the leader and one of the most physically and psychologically powerful characters ever created) is what black actresses in Hollywood are reduced to … then maybe. Just maybe. I can forgive her for that comment. Maybe.
I’m 37 years old now and have come to understand the ridiculous amount of sexism and racism in the comic book industry that continues to exist two decades after my brother first handed over his comic collection to me. But you see, when he gave me that precious gift, I had no idea what sexism and racism in comics meant, because for me, this was one of the first books I read:
I don't love Storm because she can summon lightning or bring clear skies to a wedding day. I don't even love her because she can fight for the leadership of the X-Men and win without her powers.
I love her because when she is at her weakest, she reveals her true strength by overcoming herself.
I love her, not because she is one of the most powerful mutants, but because she is Storm, a woman for whom doing what is right, protecting those she loves, those who need her and those who deserve that chance is never a question.
That is just who she is.
I learned all this about Storm through years of reading X-Men comics. I don’t expect Halle Berry to review all 98745986164 issues, but we have this convenient thing called the internet where she could easily find where others have documented Storm’s life in detail and identify just what issues might be relevant to an actress researching a role.
I can pretend that Catwoman travesty doesn’t exist at all. But Storm. You better finally bring it Ms. Berry. You better bring it.