Stacey Dash on ‘White’ Michael Jackson Casting
“But Stacey, Michael Jackson was a real person!” was my instant reaction to the attention-seeking voice box that is Stacey Dash when she agreed with a white man being tapped to portray the King of Pop in the upcoming “comedy,” Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon.
“Counterintuitively, this decision by Hollywood — which looks like a diss to Blacks — is actually what we’ve been saying all along: roles should NOT be based on color,” she wrote on her blog.
Stacey, Stacey…once again you’re missing the point. The uproar stemming from Joseph Fiennes playing Michael Jackson is not equivalent to Michael B. Jordan portraying “Johnny Storm” or John Boyega landing a role in Star Wars, or a Black woman being cast as “Hermione,” dear.
The difference? Michael Jackson was not some fictional character dreamed up from a creative’s imagination or an embellished tale of an iconic figure in American history.
Michael Jackson’s life was uniquely his and in the midst of the current turmoil society is in with Black talent getting shaded out of Hollywood culture, Fiennes taking on this role comes off as a mockery and another slap in the face.
Dash, clearly, doesn’t see it that way.
“I want to see more of this diversity and thinking outside of the box with the equality that this designation entails – this is the right track,” she expressed.
Yeah, sounds good. The problem here however, is that THIS is nothing new and is the initial issue. White people winning the roles.
We’re entitled to our opinions, yes, but dammit Stacey; it’s beginning to feel like you’re forcing yourself to speak such ridiculousness. Would you champion and applaud a person of color the same way?