Ncuti Gatwa Criticizes 'White Mediocrity' Ahead of 'Doctor Who' Premiere

Ncuti Gatwa, the first Black actor to play 'Doctor Who,' condemns the celebration of 'white mediocrity' in the entertainment industry, highlighting the lack of diverse representation and the challenges faced by Black actors.

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Ncuti Gatwa Criticizes 'White Mediocrity' Ahead of 'Doctor Who' Premiere

Ncuti Gatwa Criticizes 'White Mediocrity' Ahead of 'Doctor Who' Premiere

Ncuti Gatwa, the first Black actor to play the lead role in 'Doctor Who,' has spoken out against the celebration of 'white mediocrity' in the entertainment industry. In an interview with Attitude magazine, Gatwa criticized the double standards that exist for Black actors compared to their white counterparts.

"There's so much White mediocrity that gets celebrated, and Black people, we have to be absolutely flawless to get half of [that] anyway," Gatwa said. He argued that while there is a shift happening in casting where minority actors are starting to receive bigger roles, this change is causing some people to "straight-up malfunction."

Gatwa, an LGBTQ Rwandan immigrant to the U.K., faced backlash when he was announced as the new Doctor, a role that has been primarily played by white men in the past. However, he believes his critics need to find a better hobby and sees his casting as part of a broader issue of lack of diversity and inclusion in the U.K.

The actor also addressed the struggles he has faced with acceptance, noting that Black people are often expected to be 'exceptional' and 'flawless' to receive the same level of celebration as 'white mediocrity.' Gatwa said he is learning to accept that he "deserves love just for existing" and is trying to train himself out of the established way of thinking that holds Black individuals to higher standards.

Why this matters: Gatwa's comments highlight the ongoing issues of racial inequality and lack of diverse representation in the entertainment industry. As a trailblazer taking on an iconic role, his experiences and perspectives shed light on the challenges faced by Black actors and the need for greater inclusivity both on and off screen.

Gatwa is set to make his debut as the Fifteenth Doctor in the upcoming season of 'Doctor Who,' which will premiere on Disney+ on May 10, 2024. He will be joined by Millie Gibson as his companion. Despite the 'mean' British press and the backlash he has faced, Gatwa remains focused on the job and staying true to the character of the Doctor. As an advocate for diversity and inclusion, his role in the long-running sci-fi series represents a significant step forward for representation in the entertainment landscape.

Key Takeaways

  • Ncuti Gatwa, first Black actor to play 'Doctor Who,' criticizes 'white mediocrity'.
  • Gatwa faces backlash for his casting, but sees it as a step toward diversity.
  • Black actors are expected to be 'exceptional' to receive same celebration as 'white mediocrity'.
  • Gatwa to debut as the Fifteenth Doctor in 2024, joining Millie Gibson as companion.
  • Gatwa's role represents a significant step forward for representation in entertainment.