I just read this article “Lady Bird and the problem with White Feminism” (https://medium.com/tartmag/by-lena-potts-15b150fca7a6). Very interesting reading pointing out the lack of minorities’ (other than women) representation in Lady Bird, or if so, done in a very stereotypical way. But also analysing how this may be due to the fact that Gerwig was writing about HERSELF and maybe not prepared to include other people into her own personal experience. Lena Dunham said about Girls (greatly biographical) that it can’t be expected for her to write about someone she is not. Broader stories ask for a more diverse input, but how ok is it to hide behind the “this is my story” card?
I’m deeply curious as to how to address this issue in the best way possible myself. While I wish I could have written Black Panther (and omg it was amazing on the screen), I feel that if I tackle something like it I’d be bashed for appropriation and it would most certainly not be successful writing because I don’t have the cultural deep understanding that it takes. But if I write about what I know… well, sadly it’s going to lack diversity because that’s how the place I was born in looks like. I can write about women, that box I can tick (referencing how that journalist referred to Get Out when interviewing Daniel Kaluuya on the red carpet >·<)… but how is it expected for one (Gerwig in this case) to write in a voice they don’t know? And how is a personal story subject to criticism of this kind if it is, in a way, a historic account of one person’s experience? I mean, there’s no black Hitlers in Nazi films, so if this is Gerwig’s own growing up world, how is this wrong?
To answer my own questions, in my opinion, I’d say that attention should be given to a more diverse group of writers (I mean up there where awards are given and thousands of people can access the film) to write about their own personal stories, not only Black Panther‘s, but more Moonlights too. But at the same time, I need to feel free to write about what I know without being subject to backlash of this kind and have all coexist. Is this crazy? Or should I always aim to include everyone in every story ever told?