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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.

Read the whole story here.

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