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Ever since Michael B. Jordan was cast in the upcoming Fantastic Four movie as the “Human Torch,” people have taken issue with the fact that the character was originally white, and Jordan is Black.

Jordan recently came to his own defense about the casting, but Zoe Saldana also posted recently on Facebook her own rebuttal to people who have issues with it.

Bravo!!! Inspired by Michael's essay. Thank you for speaking up. If we question why Michael has been cast to play the…

Posted by Zoe Saldana on Saturday, May 23, 2015

Many people seem to think it’s ironic that Saldana mentioned the fact that white actors have been ‘darkened’ to look ethnic, but she doesn’t mention the fact that she’s portraying Nina Simone, and was darkened and even wearing a prosthetic nose. But of course there will be those who will reply with “but she’s Black though.” But Hollywood still chose to  ‘tan wash’ Simone’s story.

Clutchettes, what do you think about Saldana’s comments?

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  • I
    have read Zoe Saldana’s comments. I don’t have issues with fictional characters
    being displayed by actors or actresses of many ethnic backgrounds. Non-fiction stories are different.
    Non-fiction stories shown in film must be an accurate display of people’s
    racial backgrounds and their social ideologies. Zoe is contradicting herself by
    condemning many white people playing black characters, but she wants to play
    Nina Simone (when she was a beautiful, talented dark skinned black women. We
    know plenty of Sisters who are dark skinned with amazing acting talent who can
    play Nina Simone). Talented actors and actresses should have the opportunities
    to express themselves in the world, but historical revisionism (especially in
    an extreme fashion) ought not to be embraced. At the end of the day, we want
    films to be fun, exciting, educational, inspiring, and diverse. We want our
    stories to be shown fairly. Likewise, we know that we have to be vigilant in
    defending our image as our image is a beautiful

  • Mary Burrell

    She is black when it’s convenient for her to be black.

  • Rizzo

    i would take a wild guess and say saldana took the part because she was offered the part and wanted the money. i would say the white people took parts as ethnic characters because they were offered the parts and wanted the money — it’s all about the benjamins …