Joseph Fiennes may have upset many people when they heard he was cast to play Michael Jackson for an upcoming film, but the white actor – to no one’s surprise – has apparently won the approval of Stacey Dash.
Weighing in on the backlash Fiennes has received for being selected to play Jackson half-hour British comedy, “Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon,” the Fox News contributor gave a thumbs up on the casting, saying “Bravo.” To hear Dash tell it, this is exactly a plus for those who have expressed how color shouldn’t be a factor in acting roles being distributed to entertainers.
“I’m sick and tired of being told ‘Sorry, Stacey, this is a Caucasian-only role,’” Dash wrote Wednesday in a blog post. “Counterintuitively, this decision by Hollywood — which looks like a diss to blacks — is actually what we’ve been saying all along: roles should NOT be based on color… I want to see more of this diversity and thinking outside of the box with the equality that this designation entails — this is the right track.”
Upon news surfacing about his casting as Jackson, Fiennes admitted that he was just as shocked as everyone who got wind of him being the one to portray the King of Pop.
Still, Fiennes acknowledged that, “[Jackson] definitely had an issue — a pigmentation issue — and that’s something I do believe. He was probably closer to my color than his original color.”
For more of Dash’s thoughts on Fiennes playing Jackson, click here.
Celebs Who Could Pass For A Different Race
1. Colin KaepernickSource:AP 1 of 19
2. ZendayaSource:Instagram 2 of 19
3. Nicole RichieSource:Instagram 3 of 19
4. The RockSource:Instagram 4 of 19
5. Rashida JonesSource:PR 5 of 19
6. Nicole Ari ParkerSource:Instagram 6 of 19
7. Wentworth Miller was born in England to a Black father and white mother.7 of 19
8. Jennifer Beals of Flashdance has a Black father and an Irish mother.8 of 19
9. Pete Wentz (ex-hubby of Ashlee Simpson) has a Jamaican mom and a white father.9 of 19
10. Maya Rudolph is the daughter of soul legend Minnie Riperton and a white dad.10 of 19
11. Cash Warren (Jessica Alba's husband) has a black dad and a white mom.11 of 19
12. Vin Diesel says he is "of ambiguous ethnicity, Italian and a lot of other stuff.12 of 19
13. Derek Jeter was born to an African-American father and a white mother.13 of 19
14. Carol Channing had a white mother and a bi-racial father.14 of 19
15. Author Malcolm Gladwell has a white father and a Jamaican mother.15 of 19
16. Soledad O’Brien's mother is Black Cuban and her father is Australian.16 of 19
17. Slash has a white father and an black mom whom he thanks for his thick mane.17 of 19
18. Mariah Carey was born to an American Afro-Venezuelan father and an Irish mother.18 of 19
19. Kris Humphries has a black father and a white mom.19 of 19
(Photo Source: Stacey Dash Instagram, AP)