It Don’t Matter If You’re Black Or White…Right?
There’s nothing new about racially insensitive portrayals in the film industry. The days of white men dressing up in blackface are long gone, but historical and fictional characters are too often still white washed in cinema, and the conversation about the lack of diversity in Hollywood is nearly at a boiling point. I mean, look at the state of the Oscars right now. Actors are literally boycotting the coveted event because #OscarsSoWhite.
— Vulture (@vulture) January 26, 2016
So now may or may not be a terrible time for production company Sky Arts to announce that an upcoming film about Michael Jackson will star none other than white actor Joseph Fiennes (younger brother of the Dark Lord, aka he-who-shall-not-be-named Ralph Fiennes). Needless to say, the internet is absolutely freaking out right now, and there are valid arguments on both sides of the spectrum.