Q: In that vein, while there’s a lot of diversity shown in the animal kingdom, there’s no racial diversity in the cast. Can you speak to that?
A: From the beginning, we were concerned about casting, the issue of race. What we realized is that this story is functioning at the level of myth, and as a mythical story, the race of the individuals doesn’t matter. They’re supposed to be stand-ins for all people. Either you end up with a Bennetton ad or the crew of the Starship Enterprise. You either try to put everything in there, which just calls attention to it, or you just say, “Let’s make that not a factor, because we’re trying to deal with everyman.” Looking at this story through that kind of lens is the same as saying, “Would the ark float and is it big enough to get all the species in there?” That’s irrelevant to the questions because the questions are operating on a different plane than that; they’re operating on the mythical plane."
- Ari Handel, co-writer of Noah in an interview on TheHighCalling.org
It’s very telling that “race doesn’t matter”, “everyman”, and “they’re supposed to be stand-ins for all people” = let’s cast white people. Everybody can associate with white people right! If you had diversity of casting, or had a cast of one group of non-white people, that would make race matter, and it’d be hard for “all people” to associate with the characters! e_e
Why didn’t they just have all the animals be dogs. This is supposed to be a mythical story, species doesn’t matter. They’re supposed to be stand-ins for all animals!
Ah, racism at it’s finest .