When Disney announced the leads for its live-action remake of 1992’s animated classic “Aladdin,” many fans were just relieved the cast wasn’t white.
But criticism for the choices quickly popped up on social media, particularly with regards to Naomi Scott, who is slated to play Princess Jasmine.
So excited to be a part of this adventure! This is gonna be fun 🙂 https://t.co/fFpkkEg2kR
— Naomi Scott (@NaomiScott) July 15, 2017
Scott is biracial and of mixed British and Gujarati Indian descent, and many see her casting as Disney reinforcing the idea that South Asian and Middle Eastern people are interchangeable.
i love naomi scott but i don’t love the “brown ppl are interchangeable” idea that hollywood believes in so it’s a no from me lmao
— T’CHALLA 🍑🍯✨ (@dirzacksnyder) July 15, 2017
naomi scott should’ve been batgirl so jasmine could be played by a middle eastern woman im so TIRED of hollywood not knowing how to cast poc pic.twitter.com/EDAfpw9Owb
— gabi 🍒 (@harleivy) July 15, 2017
Of course, “Aladdin” is set in the fictional kingdom of Agrabah, but the film states it is near the Jordan River. Ron Clements and John Musker, directors of the original film,
Source:: The Huffington Post – Canada Sports