angelina_pearl.jpgDespite the early Oscar buzz given to Angelina Jolie for her portrayal of Mariane Pearl in the new film “A Mighty Heart,” and the complete blessing of Pearl herself, folks continue to criticize the film for casting a white actress the role of someone with Afro Cuban/Dutch ancestry. To portray Pearl, Jolie covered her blue/gray eyes with brown colored contacts and wore a tight, curly wig that resembles Pearl’s hair style and texture. There were also reports that a make-up artist used a spray-tan to darken Jolie’s skin.

According to Huffington Post, criticism has ranged from “It rubs me wrong” to it being a “new generation of Hollywood in blackface.” Blogger Lauren Williams of Stereohyped.com echoes the blackface allegations in a recent Washington Post article on the subject. “It irks me to see her in the makeup and the hair,” Williams said. “Every fall, you hear about how on some college campus, white kids are having a pimps-and-hos party and painting their faces. People are ignoring that this is a very painful part of America’s past.”

Mariane Pearl
Jolie addressed the casting concerns during a press junket for the film, stating the following:

“The idea is, if you ask Mariane, because she did address that, and if you did actually want to find somebody that was her exact makeup, she’s actually majority Dutch, and she’s as black as she is Chinese, and she’s Cuban, and she’s French. So, it could have gone to many different racial backgrounds, probably, if you went technical on it. And that, you know, is a reality. At the same time, to her, the importance was the essence of her spiritually, and I think that was what mattered and I think that is a question to ask her. But no, if you break down the DNA, it’s very complex.”


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  • Jennifer

    I have a problem with these statistics because they do not take into account Black students from northern cities enrolling in southern schools. Therefore, I question rather the Black southern students are increasing in southern schools.

  • ceecee

    just like what Tiger Woods said about his heritage. She does have a point.

  • I think it’s one thing to cast someone like Jolie without the consent of Marianne. But she was all for it from the beginning…If I am not mistaken she wanted Jolie for the part from the get go. The ancestry was a second thought to her, although she looks african american she is essentially a European mix as is Jolie…the only thing missing from her DNA is the afro/cuban part. She is Czech, French and Haudenosaunee (Iroquian Indian)if I am not mistaken.

  • Watch_and_Learn

    Jolie favors Ms. Pearl very much anyways, so whats the beef??? The chick is very talented so why wouldn’t she get the part!!