A recent casting choice in Disney’s live-action remake of the cartoon classic, “Aladdin,” is making waves ... and not in a good way.
Billy Magnussen has been cast as “an original character not seen in the 1992 animated pic,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. The character, named Prince Anders, has drawn criticism because of Magnussen’s ethnicity and the clear change to the film’s original narrative his casting entails.
Fans on Twitter have been sharing their unhappiness:
*Disney invents a new character to cast a white guy for the Aladdin movie*— Denizcan Targaryen (@MrFilmkritik) September 6, 2017
for the Aladdin live action they created a new character just so they could cast a white wtf— tasia.m.s (@_tasiaMS) September 6, 2017
We mailing this movie a capital L with love from Arab, Asian and Black twitter.— Shanelle Little (@ShanelleLittle) September 6, 2017
aLaddin gotta go https://t.co/jfhOYnwZuJ?ncid=edlinkushpmg00000313
The gentrification of Agrabah has begun. Next up, gourmet, artisanal hummus. https://t.co/UbTgBDU2of?ncid=edlinkushpmg00000313— DoraMilaje Jen️ (@darlinginmyway) September 6, 2017
Can. We. Not.— Daddy Sock Monkey (@ravingsockmonky) September 6, 2017
Like, serious talk here. Fellow White people, it's okay to not be in literally everything. Seriously, it's FINE. https://t.co/H8H7ADKbJa?ncid=edlinkushpmg00000313
Y'all can't even let brown people have their own fake kingdom? https://t.co/r7TcGY9efO?ncid=edlinkushpmg00000313— Nicholai Joaquin (@nicholaisays) September 6, 2017
so they "couldn't find" a middle Eastern Jasmine but they can add a completely new made up WHITE GUY https://t.co/YqYUQ8OLBF?ncid=edlinkushpmg00000313— tori (@rotshayden) September 6, 2017
Lol that's nice how white people will make up new jobs just to hire and pay another white person. Maybe one day they do that for poc too.— Sandy SPX C7A (@skimcasual) September 6, 2017
I liked Billy Magnussen just fine as the Not Chris Pine Prince in Into the Woods, but his casting here seems wholly unnecessary.— Lauren Thoman (@LaurenTHCW) September 6, 2017
So millions of people have seen the Aladdin cartoon.They couldn't trust the live action to work enough without creating this?! https://t.co/ZeX9XDLGo2?ncid=edlinkushpmg00000313— #1WonderWoman (@bgirl65) September 6, 2017
The remake had already garnered whitewashing complaints prior to cast announcements, and fans also took issue with the casting of Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine. Scott is biracial, of British and Gujarati Indian descent, and as a result, some viewed her inclusion in the film as problematic because it suggests that “South Asian and Middle Eastern people are interchangeable.”
Yet again, the struggle for a more diverse Hollywood wages on.
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.