What do you think about Hollywood casting a white British actor, Joseph Fiennes, to play Michael Jackson in a British TV movie?

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By Loretta A. Ragsdell

Contributing Reporter / Columnist

Dawn Stephenson

"I think it is terrible.  They could have found somebody Black to play Michael.  It's just like what Wendy Williams said, "it's like Angela Basset playing Sophia Loren.  You just don't do that."

Antonio Mangault

"I don't like it.  I don't think it would play well in the United States where Michael is dearly loved, especially by the black community.  I am sure I what see it."

Margi Dade

I think it's wacked.  Like the Oscars not nominating any black people this year.  It will probably be a hot mess. Can he even sing?"

Valerie Jackson

"I think it's shameful.  They are just trying to capitalize on Michael's fame and the love people have for him.  They could have gotten someone black to play Michael.  If not a well known black star, and new comer would be better than a white man!"

David Jones 

"Well, there is no limit to what whites might do.  I just hope he doesn't appear in black face.  That will be a real insult and disrespect to Michael, who said in an interview before he died, that he would be horrified if someone white played him in a movie, and that even though his skin color changed, he still identified as an African-American." 

Ernie Wiley

I think it's typical.  Even though blacks and Hispanics are becoming the majority in America, Whites are reluctant to let go of the power.  Britain is no better.  They should have gotten someone black to play Michael.  Where is the integrity in having a white man play Michael?  If it's based on a true story, the actor should not only be black, but bear a likeness to Michael Jackson."  

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Posted: February 19th, 2016 10:16 AM

Hermione used to get a sunburn during summers off from Hogwarts, now she's melanin protected. Nancy Drew will be portrayed by an unknown actor, but we know she will not be white, that alone has been decided. Can we just stop caring what the entertainment complex thinks one way or another? They are not the keepers of culture and we should not continue to weight their decisions with any credence whatsoever.

tom from maywood  

Posted: February 16th, 2016 3:14 PM

Just something to think about....is this any different than uproar over the discussed potential of casting of a black man to play the next James Bond?

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