Manufactured controversy: Actor Will Smith not black enough to portray Serena William’s father in a movie

Williams (l) and Will Smith (r)

Libtard/SJW butt hurt knows no boundaries…

From Yahoo (via Oprah magazine): Will Smith has reportedly signed on to portray Richard Williams, 77-the father of Venus and Serena Williams-in an upcoming biopic titled King Richard. But despite Smith’s incredible range as an actor, the recent casting news has been met online with an unusual combination of praise, derision, and plain outrage from fans.

The controversy doesn’t have anything to do with the 50-year-old star not having a background in tennis, his athletic ability, or lack thereof. Instead, many are questioning whether Smith’s skin tone, as an African-American man, is dark enough to play the father to Serena, 37, and Venus Williams, 38.

On Monday, Deadline announced that Smith was in talks to take on the Williams family’s patriarchal role.

Williams is a Tennis Association Hall of Fame inductee who, in spite of his unfamiliarity with tennis and shortcomings growing up poor in Shreveport, Louisiana, helped mold his two daughters into the Grand Slam champions they are today. He’s also the accomplished author of the 2017 memoir, Black and White: The Way I See It, which could serve as the source material for the King Richard biographical film.

Neither Smith nor the Williams family have yet to confirm the casting, but fans have been vocal that the part should go to an actor with a darker complexion closer to Williams’, such as Idris Elba or Academy Award-winner Mahershala Ali.

Smith’s ties to this potential starring role have stirred up the ongoing conversation about colorism in Hollywood.

Not to be confused with racism, colorism refers to discrimination based on an individual’s skin tone.

Or, as TIME reported about an inscription that beloved author Alice Walker once wrote in her 1983 novel, In Search of our Mothers’ Gardens, colorism is “prejudicial or preferential treatment of same-race people based solely on their color.”

But colorism isn’t just an omnipresent threat that exists solely in corporate America, the Black community, or Hollywood. The roots of racial discrimination and colorism date back to slavery, when light-skinned slaves were often reduced to domestic chores inside their slaveowner’s home, as opposed to those of a darker complexion who were forced to work outside in the fields.

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Dr. Eowyn
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Is there anything in life that escapes the Left’s perpetual state of manufactured outrage?

Alma
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Alma

Is the film portraying Mr. Williams or is it about his skin color?

Acme
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Acme

I think there is validity in wanting a darker man to play the role, more believable if you know what the father looks like to see a darker skinned actor perform. It can come down to acting ability over tone though, Smith might be able to play the part like no other so they might just go with him over choosing someone who might not do as good a job. More important, imagine how many tiny homes could be built for all the people of the world if people stopped spending so much time online with all this trivial nonsense.

Kelleigh Nelson
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Kelleigh Nelson

I don’t like leftist Serena Williams and her crybaby acts when she loses making the winner feel rotten…wouldn’t watch any movie about her anyway

Lana
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Lana

What a bunch of disingenuous hypocritical whiners. No Blacks had a problem with the musical ” Hamilton” where Blacks have been playing White historical figures which strikes me as pretty outrageous in light of the present trend in Hollywood to try to rewrite history i.e., the film that claimed it was Black women who got us to the moon. I can imagine a day in the not too distant future where all of history ( if not erased completely) will be re written by Jews to say that Blacks were responsible for all the great inventions of White people the… Read more »

Richard C Youghn
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Richard C Youghn

Who cares? Sounds like a losers option so who’s going to invest in a film almost guaranteed to make nothing upon returns?
(you didn’t think studios risk all their capital in these movies? They seek investers like any enterprise).

Lophatt
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Lophatt

“Color” is the least of it. He has the right plumbing to play “Serena” himself. Maybe they could get Big Mike to do it. Al Sharpton could plan “dad”.

Kevin Lankford
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Kevin Lankford

If they don’t have a problem with a black Alexander Hamilton mouthing rap-crap…???

No One
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No One

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2m6cv0

From back when Saturday Night Live was about making us laugh.

Jackie Puppet
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Jackie Puppet

If Will would just just wear blackface, everything would work out fine… 🤣🐵

km
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km

A nothing burger story… Really need to stay with stories that help folks understand what is going on right now..