I read on a friend’s Facebook post the other day that they are making a biopic of Michael Jackson’s life and that he will be played by Joseph Fiennes.
This lead to a debate of needing to give more people of colour the opportunity to star in major films.
To be clear upfront: casting a caucasian man to play Michael Jackson, who was African American, is absolutely ridiculous. Regardless of what Michael might have looked like toward the end of his life.
That being said, there is a reason behind why this happened and I am going to attempt to address it.