Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Angelina Jolie's Blackface Not a Big Hit with One Black Person

The casting (and cosmetic skin-darkening) of Angelina Jolie as the mixed-race Marianne Pearl in the upcoming A Mighty Heart, about the life and death of journalist Daniel Pearl, is reportedly drawing some criticism.

"I had assumed that the days when white actors took on the roles of black people had long passed away... There are mixed-race or black actresses who could have done a damn good job in this role," says the blogger at, continuing that "what is taking place here is an act of arrogance and whitewashing by people who think that because they are super-rich they can be anything they want."

What does the actual Marianne Pearl think of all this? "I’m delighted Angelina Jolie will be playing my role. I deeply admire her work."

Honestly, what's retarded to me about all this is that the blogger wrote this stuff in mid-July. Personally, I agree with very little of what she says, but why is it surfacing in mid-October? Is it because now we have photos from the set of Angie with dark skin (which appears to be perfectly tastefully done)? Are we vamping up the publicity process for the movie via a single blogger whose opinion, voiced briefly nearly three months ago, is being twisted to represent that of the entire African American community? Did no one else actually visit to read the blogger's comments in context?

sokari said...

Have been wondering about this myself all day - why now? And why is my blog being presented as a "Black Campaign Organisation", "Black Activists" and as you say the spokesperson for the entire Black community. One media person even emailed asking if I know of an organisation of black actors. Wouldnt you think they could find that out themselves?

"Did anyone actually visit Black Looks" - I doubt it - even those leaving comments probably havent read the piece either.

We dont agree on the actual topic but I think we agree that the way the MSM have presented this shows how sloppy and unreliable they are.

sokari said...

I am referring to the UK media btw!

EvilBeet said...

I'm not sure, but it looks to me like this whole business was kicked off by StarPulse, which has a long-running talent for taking information totally out of context and sensationalizing it. I could be wrong, though.

FizziekruntNT said...

And here I thought Lisa Bonet was making a comeback...or Valerie Bertinelli had jaundice.

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