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‘Anne Boleyn’ is so dull that the lead’s race is the only thing worth discussing… as intended

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02.06.2021

The first episode of the highly anticipated three-part drama, Anne Boleyn, which has generated a great deal of conversation because it cast Jodie Turner-Smith, a black actress, in the titular role, premiered Tuesday night on BBC Channel 5.

The casting of a black actress to play a white historical figure has garnered much attention, which seems to be the point. I certainly wouldn’t have watched Anne Boleyn if it weren’t for the casting controversy… so mission accomplished.

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This color-blind (casting without considering an actor’s race) or color-conscious (intentionally casting a minority because of their identity) casting approach has been a hot topic in recent years.

‘Whitewashing’, where a white actor or actress plays a role that’s a minority in the source material, such as Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell or Tilda Swinton in Doctor Strange, or where white actors/actresses play ‘people of color’, like Emma Stone in Aloha, Angelina Jolie in A Mighty Heart or Jonathan Pryce in Miss Saigon, has been labelled culturally insensitive and all but banned.

In a case of ‘race-washing for me but not for thee’, during this same time-period, ‘artists of color’ playing characters that are white in the source material, even when that source material is actual history, has been met with cheers for being a sign of victory for........

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