The live-action remake of Snow White is well underway, but recent production photos have ignited controversy and debates on social media. The images, which were published by The Daily Mail last week, revealed that, with the exception of one, all the roles of the seven dwarves will be played by average-sized individuals.
This casting decision has garnered criticism from some corners, prompting discussions about the movie’s overall casting choices. In particular, the selection of Rachel Zegler, who is portraying the traditionally fair-skinned Snow White character, has raised eyebrows and concerns.
One of the prominent figures to voice their dissent is Ben Shapiro. He expressed his reservations about Zegler’s casting, stating, “[The word ‘white’] is literally in her name. That’s why she has her name. So I guess just to like, screw with people, they’re casting… Rachel Zegler’s a very talented person. It’s weird casting, you might say.”
The debate over Zegler’s suitability for the role has rekindled discussions on the need for representation and authenticity in casting decisions for iconic characters. It echoes similar criticisms faced by Halle Bailey when she was cast as Ariel in the remake of The Little Mermaid.
In response to the mounting criticism, Halle Bailey herself showed support for Rachel Zegler. She shared childhood photos of herself dressed in various princess outfits on July 15 and tweeted, “extremely appreciative of the love I feel from those defending me online, but please don’t tag me in the nonsensical discourse about my casting. I really, truly do not want to see it. So, I leave you with these photos! I hope every child knows they can be a princess no matter what.”
Halle Bailey, who has experienced her share of backlash in the past, quote-tweeted Zegler’s post and added, “we love you so much [heart emoji] truly the perfect princess.” Zegler replied, “my sweetest girl [heart emoji] I love you always.”
The online exchange between Halle Bailey and Rachel Zegler showcases their mutual support and camaraderie in the face of criticism. Both actresses are undoubtedly talented and determined to bring their respective princess characters to life, inspiring a new generation of young viewers.
As the production of the live-action Snow White progresses, it remains to be seen how the controversy surrounding the casting choices will impact the movie’s reception. The filmmakers may need to address these concerns and provide reassurance to the fans, ensuring that their vision honors the beloved classic while embracing the importance of diversity and representation in the modern world.
In conclusion, the ongoing drama surrounding the Snow White remake serves as a reminder that casting decisions hold immense significance, influencing how audiences perceive and connect with iconic characters. The conversation sparked by these photos reflects the broader societal discussions on inclusivity and representation in the entertainment industry. As the film’s release date draws near, the hope is that it will serve as a catalyst for positive change and inspire a more inclusive approach to storytelling in Hollywood.
Source : Uproxx
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