It’s always disturbing when racism rears it’s ugly head via social media, especially towards a child. It appears that the casting of Quvenzhané Wallis in the Annie remake has brought out the Jim Crow some people. The first trailer for the movie which will be released in theaters on Christmas Day was recently met with a whole lot of backlash.
Twitter reacted violently with some being blatantly racist:
“Annie was a freckled face redhead, not a nappy head parasite…”
While others expressed dissatisfaction with the stray from the original characters:
“A black Annie- really? should we now have a white Aunt Jemima?”
“Black Annie…? No… Annie always will be and always should be a ginger! #notracist just traditional”
“They turned Annie black. I have no problems with black people. I have a problem with a non-ginger”
These were just a few of the tweets catalogued by blogger Matthew Elliot that were featured in a post on Raw Story.
With so much in the world to be angry about we can’t believe people are using their 140 characters to get up in arms and spread ignorance about a beloved childhood character. Thankfully Twitter didn’t exist when Keshia Knight-Pulliam played “Polly” in place of Hayley Mills or when Diana Ross was skipping down the yellow brick road in The Wiz.
We don’t understand what it is about some people and their desperation to preserve tradition and hoard history they feel belongs to them and not other races. The last time we checked this country was built on the backs of many shades, not just the lighter ones. Either way they need to take their fight to where it belongs and off Twitter being associated with what should be a happy film and a great opportunity for Wallis to yet again display those awesome acting chops of hers. We have to remember that it’s not just a character who’s being attacked, but there’s also a little girl with brown skin in real life who’s playing her.
Did you see this coming?