This is why starlets such as Tinsel Korey, Julia Jones, and Janina Gavankar get Native roles while Irene Bedard gets abused. Namely, the sexual objectification of Native women.
This led to the following discussion with a woman on the NativeCelebs page:
Korey and Jones not Native?
Someone else questioned my questioning of Korey and Jones. I continued:
My point isn't only about the actresses' origins. It's about having to be Hollywood beautiful to get a role.
Native actors often don't fit Hollywood's definition of what leading men and women should look like. So "minimal bloods" like Johnny Depp, Taylor Lautner, and Brandon Routh get the roles while genuine Native actors go hungry.
Hollywood derives its perceptions of Natives from stereotypes such as this carnival's. So when a studio does cast a "Native" woman, it's usually someone who fits the mold. Someone like Tinsel Korey, Julia Jones, or Janina Gavankar. Or Megan Fox, Lynn Collins, Mizuo Peck, or Nicola Peltz, to name other examples. As long as she looks hot and exotic, it doesn't matter whether she's Native or not.
Don't blame "carnival culture"?
My original correspondent added:
Yes, "Hollywood had their stereotypes long before Carnival came to town." But each new instance of stereotyping confirms the false impressions in people's minds. That's why many of us oppose Native stereotypes: because they perpetuate the previous 500 years of harm.
In conclusion, this woman seemed to be agreeing and disagreeing with me simultaneously. Where we agreed, she was right. Where we disagreed, not so much. <g>
For more on the subject, see Callaloo Stereotypes "Native Americas" and Wild Indians in Guilt Free Zone.
Below: Callaloo's "Amazon Warriors" (formerly known as "Asakiwaki Hunters"). I don't think going from a particular tribe to a general tribal term makes a difference, Callaloo. The problem is that no Indian looks like this.