Stacey Dash Defends Joseph Fiennes Being Cast As Michael Jackson
Paid political agitator Stacey Dash is trolling folks again by defending the casting of White actor Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson in an upcoming made for TV comedy. During a previous interview with Oprah, the pop icon made it clear that he didn’t want a White person playing him in a film or commercial, but that doesn’t matter to Dash who believes anyone should be able to play any role.
On her blog, Dash writes:
” … I say, BRAVO! I’m sick and tired of being told ‘Sorry, Stacey, this is a Caucasian-only role.’ Counterintuitively, this decision by Hollywood — which looks like a diss to blacks — is actually what we’ve been saying all along: roles should NOT be based on color.
I don’t care about the race of the actors portraying historical figures and I can’t wait to see Joseph’s portrayal of Jackson. It’ll be amazing as long as he plays him truthfully and authentically … Roles should not be dictated by race. There’s no reason why the lead roles in Homeland, Veep, or Penny Dreadful have to be White. I want to see more of this diversity and thinking outside of the box with the equality that this designation entails – this is the right track.”
Dash has a point when calling for more casting diversity in Hollywood, but should that apply to historical figures as well? No. Idris Elba playing Abraham Lincoln in a biopic doesn’t make any sense, we’re sorry. Neither does Shakira playing Eleanor Roosevelt. Homeland, Veep and Penny Dreadful are fictitious TV shows based on made-up characters, not real people that we all know and have seen before.
— Stacey Dash (@REALStaceyDash) February 3, 2016
That being said, do you agree with Dash? Should anyone be able to play anyone, or should there be a common sense approach to casting biopics?