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March 05, 2019
Will Smith is Not "Black Enough" To Play Black Man Richard Williams
Well, here we are. Will Smith, a black actor, is now not black enough to play a black character. Smith, who's also played Chris Gardner in The Pursuit of Happyness, a real person, is slated to play Richard Williams, father of tennis superstars Venus and Serena in the movie King Richard. But according to a few idiots on Twitter, Smith shouldn't play Richard Williams because Smith's skin tone isn't quite right.
Here are those three aforementioned twits:
Colorism matters..love will Smith but there are other black actors for this role https://t.co/qrV1QuBiJH— Clarence Hill Jr (@Clarence Hill Jr) 1551764819.0
"Colorism" is the word of the month, y'all.
Why is he always cast in roles portraying dark skin men like there aren’t tons of black actors that would make more… https://t.co/sOQqk6vbzB— Stoney Soprano (@Stoney Soprano) 1551746531.0
I guess we're comparing skin tones now. That's not racist, I guess.
Scarlett Johansson might as well play Venus with this kind of mess casting https://t.co/GmDItxrjJm— Candis R. McLean (@Candis R. McLean) 1551747856.0
That's it, these three people and everyone who hit "like," are "upset" that an actor isn't quite perfect enough to play a role.
Will Smith doesn't look like Richard Williams. But Will Smith also didn't look like Chris Gardner, photo here. In my opinion, Margot Robbie didn't really look like Tonya Harding in I, Tonya. Jonathan Rhys Meyers looked nothing like Henry VIII in The Tudors. Do we even want to talk about Tom Cruise in Valkyrie?
There's a very simple solution for Will Smith should this "outrage" reach other levels of previous celebrity "outrage": say he identifies as a darker skinned black man. Problem solved.
Alternatively, he can pull a Kevin Hart and tell people who are "upset" or "outraged" (yes, so many scare quotes) to go fornicate themselves. Read Kevin Hart Gives Awesome Interview About Tweet/Oscar Controversy and Bryan Cranston Defends His Portrayal of a Disabled Character: 'Actors Act!'
If you're out there getting all bothered by casting, you seriously need a hobby. Any hobby will do. Stamp collecting. Bird watching. Belly button picking. I don't care. Note I'm including everyone here. Like all you people who got your panties in a bunch over Batfleck. Yes, I'm lumping you in here too. Twitter likes to blow up over the dumbest casting news. Give it a beat, people. Maybe the actor nailed their audition. Sometimes it's not just about their looks. Sometimes actors get their roles by acting. I know, insane, right?