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?
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