Episode 171: No SJW Love For Diverse Casting for The Rush Hour TV Show


Last week, I talked about how the SJW community has been attacking sexiness in video games. They don’t seem to like the idea that it’s possible you can purchase binikis for the virtual female characters. I personally am fine with the practice and I don’t feel offended despite being a girl, the very kind of gender that should be outraged by the sexualization of the female anatomy. I really think the SJW groups are simply overreacting regarding this.

But I also have another beef with people who follow the SJW way of thinking. They love to complain about whitewashing and how Hollywood keeps on giving roles to white people and they don’t give chances to actors and actresses from different races. Never mind that there are a lot of shows and movies that strongly feature cultural minorities like Black-ish and Fresh Off The Boat. Never mind we got a new Ghostbusters movie that featured an all-female cast.

Laying it on really think, ain't cha?

Laying it on really thick, ain’t cha?

And, actually, there was a little movie released over a decade or so ago that was incredibly racially diverse. It featured Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker and the film was a huge smash hit. That movie was called Rush Hour and it spawned two sequels. Now, with the assumption that Hollywood has generally run out of ideas and they’re just recycling stuff over and over again, it was only a matter of time that Rush Hour, a Hollywood blockbuster, would come to the small screen. And it did! CBS decided to port the series into their summer line up of shows. Was it any good? Well… it was fine for what it was: a scaled down version of the adventures of Detective Lee from Hong Kong and Detective Carter of the LAPD.

The series did not have the huge names like Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker… is Chris Tucker still a bankable star today? That’s besides the point. Anyway, the casting for the TV version of Rush Hour was accurate with the casting of the Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker as CBS cast an Asian actor and an African-American actor to play the respective roles. Not only that, they cast a Hispanic woman to be the data gathering officer, a female commanding officer and another African American actor who helps out the duo with his underground contacts. There was a white dude but, an antagonizing cop that loves making fun of the duo. But, besides that guy, the cast had every one covered.

Oh, and Rush Hour got cancelled.

So, where were the social justice warriors? Why didn’t the rush to Rush Hour’s defense (see what I did there?), proudly stating that the show had a diverse cast of characters, featuring different races? How come they immediately demonized Hollywood for casting Scarlett Johansson and Tilda Swinton as they were cast in typically Asian people? Why did they immediately rush to defend the Ghostbusters reboot and say that all the hate for the film was because it featured an all-female cast and not thoroughly research to see if this was correct?

Well, thing is no one really cared for the show, that’s why! The primary reason why Rush Hour got cancelled was it had really bad ratings. Not many people actually watched it… not even the SJW community who should’ve been the first ones saying that it should be watched because it had the aforementioned colorful cast of characters. They just didn’t care because there was nothing for them to rage against!

Not a white dude in sight!

Not a white dude in sight!

For what it’s worth, I actually liked the Rush Hour television show. Sure, John Foo and Justin Hines had some really big shoes to fill but both of them did a good job. Not only did they capture the essence of the Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker roles, the duo also managed to put their own take on it. John Foo still played the straight man but was actually more stuck up which added more to the character of Detective Lee. And Justin Hines may have not given the high energy, off-the-wall performance Chris Tucker gave in the films, but he did give the character a tougher attitude who was cocky but not overly so. And the rest of the cast, like Aimee Garcia, Wendie Malick and Page Kennedy did well in rounding off the show by being at least interesting.

You may hear the viewers that liked the show complain about the cancellation of Rush Hour because, well, they liked the show. But they liked the show, not because of how different races were represented. They just liked the show because they liked the characters and the adventures and cases Lee and Carter tackled every week. Yet, even with a colorful cast of characters (literally), the SJW groups didn’t give a peep about Rush Hour’s cancellation. And, seeing that I actually liked the show and lamented CBS decision to cancel the show, I actually wanted the SJW to complain that it was taking a show that had positive casting taken off the air! I actually welcomed it!

But, unfortunately, it’s like they have better things to do. Rather, there was nothing for them to fight against. It’s like they only want to complain about popular trending topics, like the all-female Ghostbusters and big budget Hollywood movies casting white people in different roles. This was one time I would’ve welcomed their interference and they failed me and Rush Hour, a show they should’ve championed from the very start if it had big named stars and something to complain about.

Well, there are going to be other TV shows based on movies. Like I said earlier, it seems like the latest trend these days. And I’ll give my thoughts on the practice next week! See you then!


Did you watch Rush Hour? What did you think of the show? Let me know in the comments section below!

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