Quvenzhané Wallis as Annie

You knew it was coming, right?

Soon after the official trailer for the upcoming Annie remake dropped last week starring Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis in the lead role, some people took to Twitter to express their displeasure that the pint-sized protagonist was, gasp, Black.

Writer and activist Matthew Elliot catalogued the tweets, which ranged from not liking that Annie wasn’t “a Ginger” to outright arguing that Annie, a fictional character, cannot be Black.

Peep some of the tweets:

Annie1 Annie2 Annie3

Because Snow White, like Annie, is a real person, right? Riiight.

This isn’t the first time some folks got up in arms that their beloved characters were a bit more colorful on film. Two years ago when the film adaptation of the Hunger Games hit theaters, some fans freaked out that Lenny Kravitz, Amandla Stenberg,and Dayo Okeniyi played Cinna, Rue, and Thresh respectively–despite the fact that both Rue and Thresh were described in the book as having “dark skin.” And most recently, several angry moviegoers worked themselves into a tizzy over the casting of Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm in the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot.

While it’s almost become a tradition now to watch some White fans’ heads explode after a beloved character is cast as a person of color, it’s still very sad and annoying. Thought many seek to disprove the existence of white privilege, the fact that in so many White people’s minds the default race/ethnicity for fictional characters  is always White (even when they’re not) is the epitome of this privilege in action.

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  • geenababe

    This not surprising what is still surprising to me how these people say these things with their picture and real name showing. Let’s say if one of these idiots like Taylor came in for a job interview and I look up her tweet. Do you think I would hire the racist white?

    • geenababe

      Then they make me even more mad when they say stuff like “I know this is going to sound racist but…” and continue to say what they are going to say. I have never been on Twitter so I don’t know if you can have friends on there but I bet some of their “friends” are black.

  • noirluv45

    …and they say WHO makes everything about race? They can wear, “Black face” and then scream that Blacks “play the race card” or “So what’s the big deal” until it affects them.

    I have another theory. These so called comments are created to create controversy. I mean, some of them sound so…so…fake. I mean there are bigger fish to fry.

    If these people are that upset about it, they can sit and home and sulk while everyone else enjoys the movie.

  • vintage3000

    Why be sad and annoyed over some White folks and their boo-hooing…It’s like being sad that rabid beasts are frothing at the mouth. Let’s just watch them circle their entitled wagons and implode.

    I had no interest in the original Annie, but I will be sure to see this one to support Miss Q.

  • ladyjames

    While I think it’s important to call these people out for their racist statements, I think it would be nice to see the tweets from all of the people who are excited about Annie. I just think that ignoring these terrible people will make them go away, and I have a feeling that a lot of people are having their racist ideas validated by the attention that these tweets are getting.

  • MommieDearest

    You know what, after thinking about this a little more, I’m no longer that outraged about the outrage over Annie(in principal- the racist comments are over-the-top and unnecessary). One of my favorite childhood cartoons was Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. I know they already made it into a movie, in the present day, a few years back. But if I’m really honest with myself, I have to admit that I would feel some kind of way if they made an updated movie version of the cartoon with white characters. IJS *shrugs*