Ok, I admit, I don’t know a whole ton about “Star Trek.” So when people talked about “whitewashing” and how the original Khan was a “PoC”, I admit I assumed that the original actor was black. Because replacing a black character with Benedict Cumberbatch would be a huge break in continuity, and a very noticeable racelift. That would be annoying.
But the original actor, from what I gather, was Hispanic.
Which. I mean.
There’s not a huge superficial difference between Hispanic people and white people. A lot of Hispanic people even consider themselves white. A lot of people of Hispanic descent are indistinguishable from non-Hispanic white people, and vice versa. So is it even really “whitewashing”?
And isn’t it possible that Benedict Cumberbatch was genuinely the best actor who auditioned for the role, and he happened to not be Hispanic, and the creators didn’t feel like sacrificing quality for diversity?
Though I agree with you, regarding the “Hispanic/white” issue—people on tumblr often wrongfully interchange ethnicity with race—I must point out that, uhh, the name Khan Noonien Singh is canonically of South Asian descent. Hence, the despicable brownface in TOS. Thus, it is whitewashing.