Hollywood stunt work is dangerous, and it is not unusual for stunt workers to suffer injuries and even death while performing for cameras. On July 12th, rookie stunt woman Joi “SJ” Harris was attempting a motorcycle stunt on the Vancouver set of Deadpool 2 that failed, causing her lose control of the motorcycle and crash through a plate glass window, resulting in fatal injury.

Harris was the first Black female professional road racer, and Deadpool 2 was her first film performance. A subsequent investigation by The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Harris may have been cast on the basis of her skin color, and not her experience or qualifications to perform the dangerous stunt.

The 20th Century Fox sequel’s producers had been exerting pressure to have the 40-year-old Harris, who had raced professionally but had never worked on a film, perform that day’s stunt because, as an African-American, she was a believable stand-in for Zazie Beetz, who portrays Domino in the film. But several crewmembers warned the producers that Harris wasn’t ready…

The stunt Harris was called upon to perform would not have been technically difficult to execute.

It called for a rider sitting astride a Ducati 939 Hyperstrada motorcycle to exit a building, descend a ramp over three small stairs and stop on a nearby landing. For a stunt professional, it would have been a cinch. But Harris had never even been on a film shoot before.

Hollywood films routinely work around issues of race and gender when it comes to stunt casting.

Minority actresses lives are routinely protected by qualified professionals who stand in to perform difficult stunts on their behalf.

Minority stunt workers are offered no such protection.

Sources:

Hollywood Reporter

Vox

Featured image courtesy of Looper.com/ AJ Caufield

  • David Battle

    Liberalism kills. Literally.

    • Nohbody

      Just ask Kara Hultgreen. Rushed through training so the Navy could make the claim of first female fighter pilot before the Air Force, and then got killed when the inadequate training was fatally demonstrated.

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      • the truth sayer..

        I Didn’t know that.. thanks for the truth.

        • Nohbody

          The engine in the models before the F-14D were touchy bastards in regards to throttle changes, but it was a known problem that Tomcat pilots were supposed to be trained to handle, in particular knowing to not slam the throttles forward.

          The training part, however, was glossed over in much of the mainstream press because it would have reflected badly on the leftist push to get women into combat positions regardless of how shitty the resultant performance would be.*

          * Or arguably because of it, but that’s another subject entirely.

          • GFYSEAD

            Women need to be on the front lines.. they need entire regiments composed exclusively of women. Women need to be registered at 18 into selective service in order to even be able to vote. Equal work for equal pay.

      • @Menace

        That brings back some really bad memories. If you ever saw the film of her crash it breaks your heart to see how poorly trained she was. What a damn waste.

        • Nohbody

          I haven’t seen it, intentionally. It was a waste, primarily of a slot that could’ve gone to a competent pilot, and of a good airplane (it was recovered, but off the top of my head I don’t know if they tried to refurb it).

          (What I didn’t know until just a moment ago was that it was one of the two birds involved in the Gulf of Sidra incident in 1981.)

          • @Menace

            They recovered the plane so they could bury her, all politics there. The Navy didn’t want her folks to bury an empty box. Not that that’s a bad thing, other then there are a lot of good men who still sit in their planes on the floor of the ocean.

      • mureltebrek

        I hadn’t heard about this before and was shocked to read this. What a tragedy and pointless loss of a human being.

      • Jim

        Dirty Harry: A huge price to pay for being stylish.

        • That’s the one where the team him with Lacey the Butch.

      • “The radar intercept officer (RIO) in the rear seat, Lieutenant Matthew Klemish, initiated ejection for himself and Hultgreen as soon as it was apparent that the aircraft was becoming uncontrollable. First in the automated ejection sequence, the RIO survived. However, by the time Hultgreen’s seat fired 0.4 seconds later, the plane had exceeded 90 degrees of roll, and she was ejected downward into the water. She was killed instantly.”

        I laughed. I cried. Ejected upside down. Holy crap.

  • GTKRWN

    If only Domino wasn’t replaced with Oreo to appease the Cult of Diversity this never would have happened.

    • Lin Tian-Min

      it would have happened sooner or later. it just ended up sooner due to them rushing it.

  • Ryan S

    This has been happening in the military for decades. I remember in the 90’s, there was pressure to get more female naval aviators, and they lost a few women by advancing them too quickly and lowering standards.

    The most notable incident was the first female carrier fighter pilot….and then they covered it up for political reasons, citing an engine malfunction when it was all pilot error. She basically became emotionally overwhelmed and forgot all her training, panicked, and that was it…

    • Nohbody

      As I recall it was a little of both. The F-404 engines were touchy, and under certain conditions could flame out if you jammed the throttle forward. Tomcat pilots trained on how to avoid that, but Hultgreen’s training was apparently rushed enough that the lesson didn’t stick with her.

      • keycat

        great point…

      • Ryan S

        404 was the Hornet, the TF30 was in the Tomcats. Turbine aside, other skilled pilots succeeded with turbine stall. Luckily the radar officer survived, but to this day, I don’t think there has been any full, public divulgence from the radar officer about that incident.

        • ShikokuPrincess91

          I read she actually didn’t want to go through with it.
          Sucks they made her!

        • Nohbody

          In my defense, I did say “as I recall”, and some times my memory can give black holes pointers on how to suck. 😛

          • Nohbody

            And on the subject of my sucky memory, it wasn’t throttle application that was the problem, it was the airflow disrupted when she yawed in spite of warnings against it, stalling out one engine while she slammed the throttle on the remaining one, resulting in a gross thrust asymmetry.

  • Based Bride

    We see this in education also. Standards are lowered and students are given a passing grade even though they aren’t competent with the course work. This sets them up for failure. It’s infuriating.

    • bobruark

      when passing means 45% yea that is lowering standards…and yes in university you can in many instances get a prof to give u a D with 45% for the term’s work…ridiculous but if it isn’t done the administration comes down hard on the prof…so blame the “leaders” who are nothing like leaders should be.

      • Chesapeake

        They’ve become corporations concerned with fundraising and profits. They want to fill seats with anyone willing to pay.

      • Jordache Dailey

        what about no child left behind, pass with a 0.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    ..throttle jammed wide open or what? This woman obviously had some experience with high-performance machines…

    • the truth sayer..

      Yes.. that was noted. She just didn’t have any Stunt experience.. but they did it because of race instead of experience is Stunts. She was great at Riding.

      • The Jokester

        When affirmative action goes sideways LOL!

  • Rick Sanchez flashback

    The person they picked to play Domino looks nothing like the comic version. Too bad deadpool’s producers got no balls.

  • Zack

    damn sad to hear, she’s a nice looking woman

  • Roger Edward Harris

    This reflects the quality of everything coming out of political correct Hollywood. I have begun to watch foreign films with sub titles because they at least have a plot that isn’t copied an pasted just to put whoever or what ever sick liberal montage in.

    • Dante Alighieri ????

      “political correct Hollywood” ???

      if hollywood were pc there’d be hundreds of gay characters.
      fewer than one percent of hollywood characters are gay.
      numbers don’t lie
      hollywood is the most conservative city in america
      all they look out for is the bottom line
      QED

      • CynicalSpectre

        And yet we still get ‘blackwashing’ – i.e taking a established ‘white’ character and have a non-white actor/actress play them. Now yes, in the past, white actors/actresses played non-white characters. (Othello being the classic example) And that trend has been strongly criticized. Why is the reverse any different?

        Your correct in pointing out the ‘bottom line’ people. Problem is these people don’t have enough influence as they used to: the proof is falling profits from blockbusters due, at least partially, from pc writing. Lack of idea’s in Hollywood is helping either.

  • LazyReader

    OK how are you supposed to get good unless you’re allowed to try. You’re paid to do dangerous stuff for a living…….

    • lolwut? (Deplorable Hoser)

      Professional stunt people go to schools to learn it. she was hired with no previous training or experience.

      Her only experience was racing on tracks.

      • CynicalSpectre

        “Her only experience was racing on tracks.”

        And being the same skin color as the actress playing Domino.

  • Dante Alighieri ????

    I get the logic.
    But you’re implying that she is victim of affirmative action. Tangentially true. But misleading.

  • Leslie

    We are living through what will be eventually known as… the stupid times.

  • David Rigg

    I was trained in stage fighting by Dar Robinson – an incredibly accomplished movie stunt man that still holds a free fall record set during shooting Sharky’s Machine but died doing a simple motorcycle stunt. It’s often the simple stuff that you don’t respect that ends up biting you on the ass.

  • GFYSEAD

    Who cares. No shortage of black women. Keep throwing more to the lions and one is bound to get it right. That will make success that much sweeter. Its a victory any way you look at it.

  • And we’re at least seeing luck in the military. Standards cannot be lowered whenever it comes to dangerous activities

  • Heywood Jablowme

    Sad for Harris , but the Cruz /tranny joe dirt double is hilarious.

  • The Cruz double looks like John Stewart in drag with a mullet.

  • Insider

    “RACIAL DIVERSITY CLAIMS THE LIFE OF DEADPOOL 2 STUNTWOMAN” How can this woman have no prior experience on set when she works in this industry? The article also says she’s a professional race car driver. How much more experience does one need? Very fishy!