‘I identify with both races. I don’t see color. My parents have always taught me it doesn’t matter what color you are.’
Last week’s release of Jem and The Holograms made about $10 in the box office. Clearly the movie was doomed from the start, but the casting of Aurora Perrineau, who is biracial, to portray dark-skinned black character, was met with backlash. So much so, her father, Harold Perrineau from Lost and Oz, came to her rescue and wrote about the harassment his daughter received online. But let’s face it. He’s a father. That’s what they do. But if anyone should recognize the Hollywood game, in casting lighter skinned actresses and the lack of roles for black people, it should be him. One can only assume, he’s been passed on for roles because he was black.
In response to the backlash, in a recent interview with Yahoo Style, Aurora reiterated that she’s never not considered herself a black woman.
“I’ve never not been able to walk around as a black woman,” the actress adds. “I’ve always been black, and people have always thought of me as black. So for me it was kind of this weird thing. I identify with both races. I don’t see color. My parents [actors Harold and Brittany Perrineau] have always taught me it doesn’t matter what color you are. They’ve never really talked about color. So to have the backlash, that really shocked me more than anything else.”
But unfortunately in Hollywood it does matter what color you are.
Aurora didn’t know how to deal with the social media backlash, so she choose not to deal with it.
“I’m not great with social media in general,” she admits. “I’d maybe been bullied here and there before in school or something, [but] when it started happening on the Internet my first reaction was to tweet them back either something mean or be like ‘This is what it is’ and try to explain things to people. But at the end of the day, people are going to have an opinion on me, good or bad, and that’s how it’s going to always be. You can be one of the biggest stars ever and someone is going to hate you. In the beginning I had a hard time.”
It’s crazy how this young woman doesn’t realize why people feel that she shouldn’t have gotten the role. But once again, people choose their own narrative and follow the money.
Image Credit: Yahoo Style