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Is the casting of a Caucasian Tiger Lily Racist or Reality?
Is the casting of a Caucasian Tiger Lily Racist or Reality? Coming From a Black Actress.
Who does Hollywood have to please? No one.
Who needs to make money? Hollywood.
Were red heads and non-redheads alike all turned off by the casting of a black Annie? Some.
Does Hollywood get lazy and simply fiddle through time lines in classic stories to hopefully discover something that will fill an hour and and half time slot? Hell yeah!
I know it hurts to see your childhood be changed during your lifetime. The sentimentality of it all is irreplaceable. But here it is! It all starts with the breakdown. Sometimes other ethnic people don't even get through the door. Sometimes they do.
The people running Hollywood right now are filled with the people who started it. That comes with a formula and mentality that probably won't change for another 30 years. I.e, Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra in 1963 all the way to the 2014 cast of Exodus. Not gonna touch on that one. I'm not blind, I know changes are being made. I see it, I praise it, I am hopeful for it. In television I see "black women" simply playing WOMEN all the time.
Most of the time it's the people with all the money in the big chairs who sit in their pent houses, sipping brown liquor by their pool and pretend to know what the people want that make the decisions! I say, good for Rooney Mara. Work is work.
And oh, people need to keep in mind Peter Pan is a fairytale. Fortunately and unfortunately, they can do whatever they want with it. Just like Annie. Because the reality is there are more young African American girls in foster care than blue eyed red heads. The audience will always be changing to accommodate the population.
I'm sure if this was a period film all the slaves would be cast just right. (Insert sarcastic wink.)