Will Smith Colorism Accusations for Role as King Richard

Will Smith will play Richard Williams in a new project, King Richard and people are upset because his skin is too light. Is this a legitimate concern?

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Will Smith has been acting for decades and has starred in some of our favorite on-screen shows and movies, from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Men In Black, I Am Legend, and Wild Wild West, to name a few.

So why are people getting so worked up to see him cast as yet another significant role? Here’s the sitch.

According to InStyle, Variety reported that Will Smith has been casted to play Serena Williams’ father in a new movie based on his life. However, people are getting their feathers ruffled over how much lighter of a skin tone Smith has in comparison to Williams’.

And, per usual, critics are taking to Twitter to voice their opinions.

Sports columnist Clarence Hill Jr. tweeted, “Colorism matters.”

Another user chimes in, “Why is he always cast in roles portraying dark skin men like there aren’t tons of black actors that would make more sense for the role?”

And one more huffy puffy tweet yet, “?? was mahershala not available or any other darker skinned male actor ever??”

InStyle touches base on a similar colorism happening that’s been encountered before: “Smith’s casting calls to mind a similar situation last year, when actress Amandla Stenberg said that she stepped away from the audition process for Black Panther because she didn’t think that, as a lighter-skinned black woman, she was right for the role.” What an honorable move to make, Stenberg.

The actress spoke her part in choosing to do so saying.

“These are all dark-skinned actors playing Africans, and I feel like it would have just been off to see me as a bi-racial American with a Nigerian accent just pretending that I’m the same color as everyone else in the movie,” InStyle reports Stenber told CBC.

Colorism is defined as, “Prejudice or discrimination against individuals with a dark skin tone, typically among people of the same ethnic or racial group,” by Oxford Dictionary.


Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

Will Smith will play Richard Williams in a new project, King Richard and people are upset because his skin is too light. Is this a legitimate concern?

Totals
14% Colorism matters
86% Overreacting
Males
15% Colorism matters
85% Overreacting
Females
12% Colorism matters
88% Overreacting

Colorism matters

Overreacting


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