The New York Times is reporting that there is a petition with over 3,000 signatures that is trying to get Zoe Saldana fired from a movie where she is going to play jazz legend Nina Simone. The reason? They say that Zoe is not black enough to play the role and that Hollywood is trying to whitewash Nina Simone. The site, Coffee Rhetoric, was the first to bring up the topic and generated the petition. The owner of the site says,"Hollywood and the media have a tendency to whitewash and lightwash a lot of stories, particularly when black actresses are concerned. When is it going to be OK to not be the delicate looking ideal of what the media considers blackness to be?"
I don't think this is a whitewashing issue. Maybe the producers thought that Zoe was the best for the part. Jennifer Hudson is darker than Zoe Saldana, and I'm sure she was considered and is probably just as big of a box office draw. Do I think Hollywood can be racist? Absolutely. 100%. Why do you think the whole Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey and Randy Jackson thing feel through on Idol? There is racism, but I think today, a lot of it is thinking that other people are racist rather than Hollywood itself being racist. I think in the past, Hollywood has whitewashed things, but I think Spike Lee and especially Tyler Perry have changed that. Think about how many times Tyler Perry movies have led the box office and how much money his movies make. His television shows? Equally as popular. People criticized the casting of Jennifer Lawrence for Hunger Games because they thought she was not skinny enough and did not look hungry enough.