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Why switch ranger's ethnic backgrounds?


I don't get it. Why not keep it the same? Oddly they switched the blue ranger into a black guy. Maybe they thought that a black guy being stuck as the black ranger as stereotypical. And they made the black ranger into an Asian guy ( they probably thought it was cool to throw an Asian guy in there) while getting rid of the Asian female to play the yellow ranger. And the yellow ranger is being played by Becky G....OK. maybe whoever did the damn casting thought that Mexicans weren't getting enough spotlight? But the red and pink ranger stayed the same at least!

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The pink ranger is mixed race.

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Because the filmmakers wisely decided to try and avoid the same trap the TV show fell into regarding racism. From the TV Tropes "Your Mileage May Vary" page for the upcoming movie...


The original show got a good degree of flack for the (unintentional) racism that came from Zack (an African American) being the Black Ranger and Trini (an Asian American) being the Yellow Ranger. In this version, Zack is Asian American, Billy is African American, and Trini is Hispanic American, removing any awkward implications altogether. It's even turned into a joke when they discover their coin colors and that Zack finds out that he's the black one, to Billy's confusion.


We all have our problems, some just hide it better.

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And they made the black ranger into an Asian guy ( they probably thought it was cool to throw an Asian guy in there)


Zack came first, but many people forget the 2nd black ranger, Adam, was Asian. Adam was the black ranger a lot longer than Zack, and remains the longest-serving black ranger on the series (and after Tommy and Billy, the longest serving cast member) and was in the first two movies. Adam brought more depth and character to the black ranger, his only issue is he didn't come first.

I like to think of this movie's "Zack" as a hybrid of both Zack and Adam. It's a way of having the best of both world's. We get the original name Zack, but with a lot of Adam's traits and character.

while getting rid of the Asian female to play the yellow ranger.


The original Yellow Ranger in the pilot was Latina, but left due to wanting a pay raise. And Trini is a Mexican name.


maybe whoever did the damn casting thought that Mexicans weren't getting enough spotlight?


I think the people who are anti-PC/anti-diversity put more thought on diversity than the people they accuse of being pro-diversity/PC. I am willing to guarantee that in most cases, when black/Asian/Latino actor gets cast in a role that was at some point played by a white actor, it's merely a coincidence, and that the casting directors didn't put much thought into casting someone of a difference race. It's the people who seem to have a issue with other races that accuse them of being "too PC" when it's usually not the case.






You're never fully dressed without a smile.

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Why not? They went through the process of auditions and these were the best actors they could find, probably.

And, honestly? Diversity is so rare in western films - even in animated films where you don't even see the actors - just be happy that there is any.

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Basically, they were changed for the sake of political correctness.

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Who gives a shit? They were all Japanese in the original version anyway.

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No, you're thinking of Super Sentei.

Power Rangers is the American version which this film is based on.

The audience are gonna be from the American show.

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True but it doesn't matter. If it mattered, you'd need a Martian to play the Green Ranger. Plus, we all know it's stunt people in the costumes when they do battle. Could be a person of any ethnicity. It doesn't matter. It's not "political correctness". It's just plain common sense.

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What the fuck are you on about? Tommy wasn't a Martian. And what do the stunt people have to do with it.

This clearly is political correctness.

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I see. Well, we're never going to agree, and you seem like a bigot. So, I'm putting you on ignore.
Later, Adolph.

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So, you're an SJW (which by definition makes you a bigot). Enjoy your safe space.

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I was already a babysitting age when the show first came
Out, But I always thought it was clever that the yellow ranger was Asian. Clever. Not racist. We live in an age of Fake outrage and political correctness. Sad modern times

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You're going on ignore too. Bye, Hitler.

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My friends of many different races and religions don't think of me that way. Let me stress out about what dungbeatle says. Ahahahaha. And I was 16 when I thought yellow ranger being Asian was clever. It was 1996 or roundabout that time. Mich freer times. Much more free. Dingbeatle is an appropriate name for this guy.

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Have you met ultra liberal Hollywood?

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