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Posted 2/5/16
His surgeries, coupled with the vitiligo and his voice, makes it difficult to capture him, period. They should settle for whoever they can find.
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I find it offensive a British guy played Martin Luther King, Jr. What, no Americans were available for that role?
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Posted 2/5/16
I guess they want an Oscar.
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Posted 2/6/16

macht_gut wrote:

I find it offensive a British guy played Martin Luther King, Jr. What, no Americans were available for that role?


Are you serious?
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Posted 2/6/16
Blackface has been around since I can remember
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qualeshia3 wrote:


macht_gut wrote:

I find it offensive a British guy played Martin Luther King, Jr. What, no Americans were available for that role?


Are you serious?


I am, qualeshia3. MLK is a historic American figure. The actor who portrays Historic American Figures should be an American. I believe such roles should be exclusive to Americans and not open to foreign actors. There are many African American male actors that could have filled that position. Why was it necessary to go overseas?

In this case, MJ is not a historic figure, so it would be nice that the role would be played by an American. The decision the director/producer made to have a white actor be MJ instead of a black actor was/is racist and discriminatory especially the excuse they used to justify their reasoning on the issue that MJ was "white" at the end of his life. There are light-skinned African Americans male actors that could have played MJ.

The director/producer decided to go the way of "shock" and are hoping that people will spend money to see how the white guy did playing MJ. I will not be one of them.
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Posted 2/6/16
They should have 2 separate people, but idc about Micheal Jackson and that movie so I would say that it doesn't matter
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Posted 4/3/16
it depends on at what point in his life this takes place in
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Posted 4/3/16
It doesn't seem racist to me.
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Posted 4/3/16
Michael Jackson was black?
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Posted 4/3/16
It's sexist.
MJ was a white woman.
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Posted 4/3/16 , edited 4/3/16
Is it racist that a black girl played Hermione in a play?


macht_gut wrote:

I am, qualeshia3. MLK is a historic American figure. The actor who portrays Historic American Figures should be an American. I believe such roles should be exclusive to Americans and not open to foreign actors. There are many African American male actors that could have filled that position. Why was it necessary to go overseas?

In this case, MJ is not a historic figure, so it would be nice that the role would be played by an American. The decision the director/producer made to have a white actor be MJ instead of a black actor was/is racist and discriminatory especially the excuse they used to justify their reasoning on the issue that MJ was "white" at the end of his life. There are light-skinned African Americans male actors that could have played M

The director/producer decided to go the way of "shock" and are hoping that people will spend money to see how the white guy did playing MJ. I will not be one of them.

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