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Dear Will Smith:
It has come to our attention that you are “not black enough” to play a black man in your upcoming film. Please take whatever steps are necessary to rectify the situation at once.
Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. Your country and your race are depending on you.
Idiots Screaming “Colorism”
You see, Variety confirmed Monday that the 50-year-old Smith is set to portray Richard Williams, Venus and Serena’s father and former tennis coach, in the movie “King Richard.”
The film will recount how Richard overcame hardship, skepticism, controversy and his own troubled past to teach Venus and Serena to play tennis, despite not having a background in the sport.
Unfortunately, Smith’s casting is fueling controversy. Apparently the “Fresh Prince” is waaaay yonder too light-skinned to play a black man.
Clarence Hill Jr. told media outlets that while he considers himself a fan of Smith, “there are other black actors for this role.” Similarly, Valerie Complex tweeted about the film, “Colorism at work,” while George M. Johnson reminded people, “Skin color matters in how folk were treated and navigated spaces.”
*Editior’s note: Shut up, please.
The Chicks on the Right invited WIBC’s official “Black Correspondent” Henry Davis to offer insight into the matter. Please click the link below to hear Hank’s take on the controversy.