NEW versions of The Little Mermaid and Cleopatra have race-swapped, outraging rednecks and Egyptians. Hollywood should avoid these:
A white actor ruling Wakanda would effectively make the film a glowing recommendation for colonialism and Empire. Jacob Rees-Mogg would take his kids, but that’s about it. Instead T’Challa could be Hispanic or Asian. In this era of progressive colourblind casting there’s no danger of complaints.
Racists will no doubt say ‘What’s the point of a black Great Dane instead of a brown one?’ but audiences are crying out for a version of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! immersed in identity politics. After all, what is Scooby-Doo but a show in which we find out who people really are?
It’s offensive to suggest only white men can be serial killers when in reality it’s a mere 82 per cent of them. A remake of American Psycho will broaden it out to the whole spectrum of racial diversity in New York, and it can still all be a delusion because you don’t have to be white to be imaginative.
Martin Luther King
You’d need an actor who could do justice to King’s powerful and beautiful speeches, so Patrick Stewart from Star Trek? It’s very much in keeping with King’s philosophy of not judging people by their skin colour, and hopefully not many movie theatres would get burned to the ground during screenings.
As a cool, popular character who’s absolutely fine as he is, Lando is perfect for a race-swap no-one wanted. Introduced to counter to the glaring whiteness of a galaxy long ago and far away, he no longer needs be the token character of colour deserving far more screen time than he gets because the franchise has so many of those now. That’s progress, Disney.
The hillbillies in Deliverance
The only bit anyone remembers is the ‘Squeal like a pig!’ scene, and it’s as hideously white as a Royal balcony. Why not use colourblind casting in such iconic roles? Doesn’t a diverse audience deserve to look up at the screen and see themselves?
Annabelle from The Conjuring franchise
There’s a shocking lack of representation among evil porcelain dolls. A black Annabelle would be an inspiration to a whole generation of black dolls who might otherwise never have considered being possessed by a malevolent spirit and causing clichéd jump-scares.
As if World War Two wasn’t racist enough, white actors have locked actors of colour out of playing the ultimate villain. As if pretending to be a tiny one-bollocked madman with a ridiculous fringe and evil moustache ranting in a high-pitched voice were a role just for whites, like Macbeth or the Dane.