And I’m glad I could help you and share my knowledge a bit! I’m very much a person in progress and I definitely did not start out with the language or concepts I needed to even get this far (like 2018!Stitch is only here because people yelled at me when I messed up and held my hand when I got lost) and I’m still learning and evolving.
I’m just so happy that I have people like you along for the journey! We can learn together!
(Also AAAAH THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMPLIMENTING MY ORIGINAL WORK!! It means so much to me because there’s not a lot of demand for my original work and feedback is largely non-existent so I’m always SAD about it.)
The best person to play any role is always a white person according to fandom and the folks behind the media.
When a performer of color is cast as a racebent character or as a character whose ethnicity was never specified it’s “pandering” for the social justice warriors and snowflakes.
Emilia Clarke’s a decent actress, but she’s no better than any of those actresses of color you listed. “The best person for the part” is literally just code for “the most popular white person they can put in the role” in these cases. What’s hilarious, is that whitewashing and a general refusal to cast diversely typically lead to financial and/or critical failure.
(I’ve written about cries of “darkwashing” and pandering in yearly posts about racebending and the reaction it pulls from fans. Here’s the one from last year.)
Instead of riffing off of Wakanda, folks in fandom SHOULD be pulling from the centuries-old legends that they have clung to and complained about when racebending characters in those myths/legends/franchises happen.
(Remember the Merlin fandom, folks? And how Troy: Fall of a City’s racebending has been met with lots of yelling from fandom and actual white supremacists alike?)
I keep returning to Asgard because it literally is an almost entirely homogeneous society with a handful of Asgardians of color present in the MCU films. As fandom wants a semi-secretive, super advanced society all their own for white characters… the MCU kind of already has that with Asgard.
I just don’t understand the need to colonize the very concept of Wakanda for white characters when Asgard exists (and is more applicable as a location and as a concept) and when legendary places like the ones you’ve mentioned (and undoubtedly, more besides) have existed for centuries and have been deemed spaces where characters of color “couldn’t have existed” in any context.