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Hollywood tends to be tone-deaf when it comes to racial issues, so what happens when Hollywood bigwigs’ attempts seem too racially sensitive? Their actions are petitioned and protested of course.

When Warner Bros. decided to make a live-action Peter Pan, they didn’t want the same racial insensitivities found in J.M. Barrie’s play which carried over into Disney’s 1953 film and featured the song “What Made the Red Man Red?” The filmmakers decided that Tiger Lily would not be Native American, but a character with no clear ethnicity.

The casting of Rooney Mara, a white actress, to play Tiger Lily has led to an outcry with 90,000 people signing a Care2 petition. That’s right people are mad that Warner Bros tried to offer a color-blind modern Peter Pan.

Those in the film industry have fired back with a ‘race doesn’t matter’ type of attitude and said they are looking beyond race and hiring the best person for the job. “There’s a misconception about the ethnicity of the original character and we felt no obligation to perpetuate that misconception,” says an insider on the project. “We looked at Native American actresses. We looked at African-American actresses. We looked at African actresses. We looked at Middle Eastern actresses. White actresses. After a very exhaustive casting process, we ultimately went with the best actress for the part.”

On his blog, Crowe issued an apology June 2 to “all who felt this was an odd or misguided casting choice,” explaining he based the character on a woman he had met who did not look like her background.

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  • PurpNGold1

    Why is it that the best actor for the part always seems to be a white person?

    • binks

      Because white people are automatically the default when it comes to characters. But let a black person play a role that is considered “white” folks would be having a fit and come up with one million and one excuses why they aren’t right for the part despite being the best actor/actress for the job. Clearly, the producers/directors wasn’t looking hard enough. I always find it funny how they claim to do such an extensive search for talented black actors/actress or other races/groups of actors/actresses but they can’t find them but all of these so called talented white actresses/actors are so plentiful….sure Hollywood whatever you say…..

    • Mr. Z

      ” But let a black person play a role that is considered “white” folks would be having a fit and come up with one million and one excuses why they aren’t right for the part despite being the best actor/actress for the job. ”

      – 007 and Idris Elba. i’ll leave it here.

    • binks

      Very True!

    • Staci Elle

      and the human torch from the fantastic four….and the storm trooper from Star wars….

    • binks

      Very true!

  • [email protected]

    Since Hollywood was established, it has been filled with racism and stereotypes. Many characters have been whitewashed as the article documents. Another example is that some of the old Westerns portrayed Native Americans in the most negative way (and many of the Native Americans in those pictures were portrayed by Caucasian actors or actresses). We know amazing people of color who can acting very magnificently. So, we should never give up. People have the right to protest if they want to. Likewise, we should promote our own images as well via independent circles. Our history and our legacy has been filled with overcoming the odds and showing excellence. We have power and we can execute our power to support movies that show the black experience in a great light.

  • Glowbug21

    When people stop going to see these types of movies they will no longer make them.

  • Adebisi’s Hat needs a new name

    Of course race doesn’t matter – as long as you’re white, amirite?! That’s the second half of the sentence they forgot to mention. We all know, white is the default and everything else is “ethnic” and therefore inferior and interchangeable. Because, white people don’t have an ethnicity… LOL.