Victorian Squid wrote:If they're gonna keep them as siblings, it would be a needless distraction from the story. You know what happens when your brothers and you look like you represent disparate races? You end up having to explain that everywhere you go when you're together as a family, or have it left as an open question hanging in the air--now, that's not a complaint, mind you, it's just what happens and it happens all the time from your earliest memory to adulthood. People are curious. In real life, it happens so often that you learn at an early age how to give people the explanation they want quickly through repetition, but that's not going to be useful in the script for an FF movie. So if they did it, it would just be for a) publicity & headlines, and b) played for cheap laugh-lines in the movie. It would be pure bullshit.
You know what would happen if black-Johnny Storm took, say, Franklin or Valeria to the mall? Some people would stare suspiciously, and some of them would even actually draw him aside and demand to know his personal business, as though they're for some reason entitled to it. If he were to pick them up from school, the teacher or even policeman might suddenly take a real interest in those details too. All those things have happened to me and none of them are uncommon, that's not speculation.
Everyone wants to insist "everything else is the same, it's all the same"--well-intentioned though they are, they have no fucking clue, not an inkling, in almost every case. It's NOT the same, it's completely unlike anything you can imagine unless you've lived it. It's insulting to have people who've grown up all biologically and socially in unison, white or black, continually insist otherwise. None of you have any idea or refuse to admit (because you're afraid of being racist) the extent to which biology plays into social interactions and family life. On this, me and my bros can agree.
If someone wants to tell that kind of story, write your script and write it true. But it's not the FF's story. The FF's story just doesn't need the added dynamic, it's already perfect as-is.
My dad was white. He is as society would call him my "step-father", but he's my father. To the day he died, people could not understand the idea that he was my father and I was his son simply because our skin tones were different. I actually do know what that situation is like. I actually know what it's like to be stared at and to be questioned about having a white family member. "He's white. He can't be your dad." Those are actual words I had to put up with as a kid. My answer was "He is married to my mom so he is my dad."
It shouldn't be a thing. The movie shouldn't make it a thing. People shouldn't make it a thing. If the movie feels the need to address it and does so in a non-genuine manner, that's a bone we can pick with the movie but the movie has to be made first. It shouldn't be a thing though.
It honestly never really crosses my mind that my dad was white when I think about him. It never really was an issue for us. It was an issue for people around us (not limited to much of our extended family), but we never let their issues into our lives.