Are we back to this?
I was called a racist and my Asks blew up when I shared my opinion several months ago when the new film was announced.
I’m not a bad person just because I thought Annie should be played by a white girl with red hair. It’s not about “should” really; it’s about “usually.” Some characters have staple characteristics: The Scarecrow is always tall and thin. Dorothy was always white until they made the Wiz. Peter Pan is almost ALWAYS played by a woman on stage… and so on. There is no problem with Annie being black, but, for years and years and years, she’s always been a white girl with red hair. So it’s not that she can’t be black, it’s just some people are USED TO that interpretation. I realize now when I ‘defended’ the ‘racists’, I didn’t have the right words. It’s just about tradition. (Which I know was used in the tweets above.) But that’s the best way of putting it: Annie is TRADITIONALLY a white girl. That’s all.
But honestly, I’m not ‘upset’ or ‘enraged’ that Annie is black in this film. I’m quite interested actually. I was just initially shocked.
This is on the same lines when Andrew Garfield, the current SPIDER-MAN, suggested the character turn out to be GAY and have a male romance in one of the later films. Of course, that had all the comic purists upset. Peter is always straight, always in love with Mary Jane.
But with this example, we can understand the purists argument. But then, there’s the other side, who say, “Sure, let Spider Man be gay. Who cares?”
And that’s really how I feel about this whole Annie thing. It doesn’t bother me. It was just something drastically different than we’d seen before. Just like if Spider Man does turn out to be gay eventually, great. Just like if a white girl plays Dorothy in THE WIZ. Who cares? There’s just this slight shock at first. “OH THATS DIFFERENT.” But then, we get over it.
Those that don’t get over it are the racists. Not me.