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People are accusing the ‘Cats’ filmmakers of whitewashing Kenyan-born actress Francesca Hayward in the upcoming film adaptation

People on social media are accusing the upcoming “Cats” movie of whitewashing one of its lead actresses, the Kenyan-born Francesca Hayward, after the movie trailer was released on Thursday. Hayward’s character, Victoria, is a kitten with white fur, but many felt that the film was still whitewashing her portrayal. “You wouldn’t know the black lead was black unless you knew her already,” one disgruntled user wrote on Twitter. “Her character’s fur could hardly be whiter,” another said. Visit INSIDER’s homepage for more stories. People on social media are slamming the upcoming “Cats” movie for “whitewashing” one of its lead actresses. The movie’s much-anticipated trailer was released Thursday and shows off an all-star cast, including Taylor Swift, Judi Dench, Idris Elba, and Jennifer Hudson. After the trailer ‘s release, disgruntled fans took to Twitter to voice their concerns that Francesca Hayward, a Kenyan-born actress and dancer, wasn’t able to be recognized as a person of color.so how come you can clearly see this is taylor swift/the entire bottom half of her face is visible, but you wouldn’t know the black lead was black unless you knew her already pic.twitter.com/q8ULl6U6CJ— 🦝 (@tr4shbabey) July 19, 2019On the other hand, look how they’ve transformed Francesca Hayward. Her character’s fur could hardly be whiter pic.twitter.com/X5XKe1cXGb— W I L L B R O O K E R (@willbrooker) July 20, 2019You know what the most impressive thing about the Cats trailer is? They damn cats. They covered in fur. But y'all still found a way to whitewash somebody. Yikes.— Sͭlͪiͥmͨ ͨ (@CxnnxrJxy) July 20, 2019 And some expressed surprise and concern that Hayward’s racial background seemed to be obscured.she’s BLACK?!— nerdy and ✨fabulous✨ (@HooiWanV) July 19, 2019On one hand, it can be seen as positive to cast a mixed-race dancer in a leading ballet role. On the other, casting her as The White Cat seems to 'erase' her cultural heritage. They have cast Judi Dench as a traditionally male role so they're clearly flexible in terms of gender.— W I L L B R O O K E R (@willbrooker) July 20, 2019 Others, however, felt that the concerns were a bit overblown.It's hard for me to understand claims of whitewashing when you can really clearly see that's not the case here. Why whitewash exactly one person on the cast and nobody else?If Victoria wasn't a white cat and they made her white then I'd understand completely! pic.twitter.com/4bKPGZzgmO— doc (@docsquiddy) July 19, 2019y’all realize she didn’t get whitewashed right? the characters name is Victoria the WHITE, the cat kinda has to be white. Other than snowflakes, the movie looks like shit. #CatsMovie— spider-clout (@spider_clout) July 20, 2019How about you read the book… the lead had white fur— Kirptain Crack (@rsabernethy) July 20, 2019 Hayward, for her part, seems to be very excited about her role in the upcoming film. On Instagram, she’s shared several clips of the trailer and behind-the-scenes footage. “This is very surreal for someone who doesn’t sing in public, to suddenly be singing with Jennifer Hudson,” Hayward said in a recent behind-the-scenes clip she shared to her profile. View this post on Instagram First look inside the #CatsMovie! Trailer coming FRIDAY. 🐱 @catsmovieA post shared by Francesca Hayward (@frankiegoestohayward) on Jul 17, 2019 at 8:02am PDT “Cats” premieres in December 2019. You can watch the trailer here. View this post on Instagram First look inside the #CatsMovie! Trailer coming FRIDAY. 🐱 @catsmovieA post shared by Francesca Hayward (@frankiegoestohayward) on Jul 17, 2019 at 8:02am PDTRead more: 5 things to know about ballerina Francesca Hayward, the Hollywood newcomer starring in ‘Cats’ Here’s the star-studded cast of the ‘Cats’ movie and who they’re playing People are terrified by the new trailer for ‘Cats’ that stars A-list celebrities as anthropomorphic cats The first trailer for the movie based on the ‘Cats’ musical just dropped, and you’ll want to prepare yourself for something special The post People are accusing the ‘Cats’ filmmakers of whitewashing Kenyan-born actress Francesca Hayward in the upcoming film adaptation appeared first on Business Insider Nederland.
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