Native Americans Outraged Over Twilight Fraud
- News Release
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Contact: Lydia Ponce, organizer
Native Americans Outraged Over Twilight Fraud
Hollywood, CA Native Americans are outraged over what they hold as
deceptions in and around the production of the Hollywood film series
With the commercial success of Twilight, Hollywood is abuzz with agents
molding, fitting, and pushing their celebrity actors to pass as Native
The Twilight Series is one of few commercial films, a script, and a story
with Native American roles. said Lydia Ponce. It is a sad day to see that
the big power agents are marketing Filipino and Asian celebrity actors to
play Native Americans. These are such rare opportunities. When films like
Twilight knowingly and willfully select non-Native American actors to play
Native roles, it sends the message that were not good enough to represent
Not so long ago Old Western films hired Caucasian actors who were painted a
brownish-red and wore wigs to portray Native peoples. Continued insult and
injury further perpetuating bias, stereotypes, and racism, was so very
wrong and evil then and now. Hollywood is using the tan spray and hair
Hollywood agents are instructing their talent to dig and find those Native
Roots and publicize their newfound Native American heritage in interviews
conveniently in sync with current casting needs and trends.
Twilights lead actor Taylor Lautner, who allegedly just found his Native
American roots, was given the extraordinary opportunity to play the lead in
the film well after the discovery of his ethnicity.
In a recent MTV interview Lautner stated, I am part Native American. We
learned that through [preparing for] this film. I'm French, Dutch and
German, and on my mother's side, she has some Potawatomi and Ottawa Indian
However, in a film with such a strong Native American theme, only two
actors of Native American decent were hired. But due to reasons unknown,
Solomon Trimble (Apache) who played and established the character of Sam
Uley, has suddenly lost his role.
Sam Uleys character has been re-posted onto the Hollywood-casting
breakdown, and it is obvious that Hollywood is now looking for a more
marketable teen heartthrob celebrity actor to play the more substantial and
very desirable part.
Given that this franchises upcoming sequels have two Native American
female roles, it is concerning that there is only one female role currently
open on the official breakdown casting. It is a very small role that never
develops into a significant female lead.
Reports surfaced across the Internet yesterday morning that Vanessa Hudgens
has auditioned for the other withheld major Native American role in the
It cannot be just mere coincidence that Chris Weitz, the new Director of
the Twilight film series, shares the same powerful agent that is also
representing Vanessa Hudgens and Taylor Lautner.
Today Native American communities offer plenty of known and unknown
talent. said Lydia Ponce. How can we accept that Filipinos and other
ethnic groups, talented or not, are being packaged and sold to us as the
redefined and new and improved Native American image? What about the social
responsibility the casting of this film will once more have in terms of its
power to re-identify and redefine an entire culture within the public eye?
Hollywood is not trusting native peoples to portray themselves once again.
Its like were being ethnically cleansed from mainstream films.
Reliable insider sources, who preferred to stay anonymous, state Taylor
Lautners Agent, was overheard in commenting during a conversation
regarding Taylor Lautners Native American heritage, Well, we had to work
around that. We had to fudge it. No one will know the difference.
Native or not native, in a recent television interview about his reception
by the Native community while promoting the film, Taylor told the press
how: I actually had a meeting with Quileute tribal members yesterday! I
interviewed them and just wanted to get to know them. One thing they do
that I noticed is they don't need to be told to what to do. If the trash is
getting full, they empty it out. They're always helping each other and are
really nice. They are people just like you and me.
Access Hollywood today confirms that Vanessa Hudgens (Filipino) from High
School Musical HAS auditioned and is up for the role of Leah, the lone
werewolf and main Native American female character:
Given that this franchises upcoming sequels has only two Native American
female roles, it is shocking that the only female role currently open on
the official casting breakdown is the very small role of Emily, a character
that never develops into a significant female lead.
The stronger role of Leah, whose character will develop into a significant
leading role for a Native American actress in New Moons sequel Eclipse and
Breaking Dawn, is currently absent from the casting breakdowns and
therefore not available to talent agents for submission.
The fact that the major role of Leah is NOT listed on the casting
breakdowns, coupled with the fact that Vanessa Hudgens has auditioned for
the part of Leah, is enough for any Native American actress to feel
discriminated against in the sole right to be given even a chance or
Its easy to find the information and cannot be just mere coincidence that
Chris Weitz, the new Director of the franchised film sequel, shares the
same powerful agent (William Morris Agency) also representing Vanessa
Hudgens and Taylor Lautner.
Action Alert: Join us in solidarity--Thursday, Jan. 15 @ 4:00 PM sharp--in
front of Summit Entertainment for a Peaceful Rally/Demonstration: A Prayer
Ceremony (Address is listed below).
Also, please join us in solidarity by having your voice heard by calling,
e-mailing and contacting ALL of the Twilight representatives listed below
and urge them to honor Native Peoples by having us represent ourselves:
Summit Entertainment (Production Company)
Producer: Mark Morgan
1630 Stewart St.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Stephenie Meyer / author of the Twilight books
c/o Liddell Entertainment
606 N. Larchmont Blvd.
LA, CA 90004
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