W-100: E.T. the EXTRA-TERESSTRIAL

etWhite One Hundred: 100 Great Films Starring Only White People, #9 — E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial—As with many of the films that I’m listing in the White One Hundred, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, which is my way of saying that there might be some people of color in the cast, but I don’t remember seeing ‘em. Maybe there were some extras in a scene here or there, but by and large, as best as I can recall, Steven Spielberg’s beloved tale of a boy and his alien takes place in an all-white world where the only being with brown skin is from another planet. If I wanted to, I could offer an analysis of E.T. that involved all sorts of commentary about immigration and the sense of ownership white people sometimes have for dark-skinned foreigners, but I’m not going to go there. Instead, I’m simply going to say that I never understood why there wasn’t even one token minority family in the neighborhood, with a son or daughter who could have ridden their bike with Elliot and the others during the climatic chase sequence.

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