Stacey Dash comments on white actor cast as Michael Jackson
5 February 2016 Entertainment News
Fourth Estate Staff
Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Stacey Dash has once again made a controversial comment after she has revealed her thoughts on a white actor being casted as Michael Jackson for the 30-minute television movie entitled “Elizabeth, Michael, and Marlon.”
A lot were outraged that Joseph Fiennes , a Caucasian-British actor, landed the role for Jackson but Dash thinks otherwise. Despite Jackson being part of an African-American family, Dash feels that his race should not be the basis.
The plot for “Elizabeth, Michael, and Marlon” is about the three going on a cross-country road trip after the 9/11 attacks. During that time, Jackson’s skin has lightened and despite the claims that he has suffered from vitiligo , a lot of people believed that he was bleaching his skin. Skin-whitening creams have been found inside his home after his death.
The “Clueless” star took to her blog to write this about the casting: "BRAVO! I'm sick and tired of being told 'Sorry, Stacey, this is a Caucasian-only role.' 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." She also cited the Broadway show “Hamilton” in which many African American actors played the roles of Caucasian founding fathers.
She added that she wants to see more of the diversity such as the casting for Jackson and that people should start thinking outside the box with “the equality that this designation entails—this is the right track.”
Dash recently received backlash after she commented on the BET and Black History Month as she noted that these should be removed.
The casting decision for Jackson came on the heels of the much talked about Academy awards and the nominations as there is no people of color nominated for major acting categories for the second year in a row.