You knew it was coming, right?
Soon after the official trailer for the upcoming Annie remake dropped last week starring Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis in the lead role, some people took to Twitter to express their displeasure that the pint-sized protagonist was, gasp, Black.
Writer and activist Matthew Elliot catalogued the tweets, which ranged from not liking that Annie wasn’t “a Ginger” to outright arguing that Annie, a fictional character, cannot be Black.
Peep some of the tweets:
Because Snow White, like Annie, is a real person, right? Riiight.
This isn’t the first time some folks got up in arms that their beloved characters were a bit more colorful on film. Two years ago when the film adaptation of the Hunger Games hit theaters, some fans freaked out that Lenny Kravitz, Amandla Stenberg,and Dayo Okeniyi played Cinna, Rue, and Thresh respectively–despite the fact that both Rue and Thresh were described in the book as having “dark skin.” And most recently, several angry moviegoers worked themselves into a tizzy over the casting of Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm in the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot.
While it’s almost become a tradition now to watch some White fans’ heads explode after a beloved character is cast as a person of color, it’s still very sad and annoying. Thought many seek to disprove the existence of white privilege, the fact that in so many White people’s minds the default race/ethnicity for fictional characters is always White (even when they’re not) is the epitome of this privilege in action.