Tuesday, April 9

Understanding the nuances with colorism v. racism

Last week, Thandiwe Newton tearfully apologized to dark-skinned actresses for taking their roles during an interview with the Associated Press.

“I’ve wanted so desperately to apologize every day to darker-skinned actresses. To say, ‘I’m sorry that I’m the one chosen.’ My Mama looks like you,” she said. “It’s been very painful to have women who look like my mom feel like I’m not representing them. That I’m taking from them, taking their men, taking their work, taking their truth.”

Black Twitter had a pretty mixed reaction, although that’s not uncommon for celebrity apologies.

Colorism in Hollywood has come up a lot recently. There has been criticism of “In the Heights” for its the lack of Afro-Latino representation, the casting of Zazie Beetz as Stagecoach Mary in “The Harder They Fall,” and the roles given to people of color in Shonda Rhimes Bridgerton.“Meanwhile, Zoe Saldana finally apologized for her controversial portrayal of famed jazz singer Nina Simone.


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