“Maybe, if I set an example, Hollywood will start considering more people of color in other prominent roles, and maybe we can reach the people who are stuck in the mindset that “it has to be true to the comic book.”
That’s an excerpt from Michael B. Jordan’s letter to Internet trolls who attacked the actor for being cast as the next Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four.
Inspired by Jordan, award-winning actress Zoe Saldaña posted the essay on her Facebook wall chock full of her own commentary, challenging critics to question why white actors have been cast to play characters of color.
Bravo!!! Inspired by Michael’s essay. Thank you for speaking up. If we question why Michael has been cast to play the Human Torch in Fantastic Four then we must also question why Elizabeth Taylor played Cleopatra, why Angelina Jolie played Mariane Pearl in a Mighty Heart, why Laurence Olivier played Othello, Burt Lancaster in Apache, and the list goes on….and on…. And on… Let’s not throw rocks when we all live in glass houses.
Like Salma Hayek’s recent denunciation against Hollywood’s sexism, Saldaña’s words are sure to stoke much needed conversation in the world of entertainment.
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