The film industry, which is designed to make dreams manifest on the big screen, has a very limited in scope in matters of race. An even sadder side of the game is exposed when film goers, fans, etc. react when a Black actor or actress takes the role of a traditionally white character.
Alexandra Shipp — the star of Lifetime’s recent Aaliyah biopic — is rumored to be portraying the lead role in a live-action version of MTV’s 90’s cartoon Daria. So far, there hasn’t been any serious backlash. But history suggests that could change if the film is confirmed by the powers that be.
That said, Hip-Hop Wired constructs a list of Black actors and actresses whose embodiment of “white roles” were viciously slandered by “traditionalist.”
Hit the jump to see.