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Jones as King Lear: got a problem with that?

In 1973 James Earl Jones played the title role in King Lear in the New York Shakespeare Festival. Lear, a pre-Roman British king and the central figure in Shakespeare’s tragedy, was white. James Earl Jones is black. To which the world very rightly said, “So what!” There must have been someone saying he shouldn’t play the role because he’s not the right color, but whoever it was, didn’t get much traction.

Now Will Smith, who is black, has been cast to play the father of Venus and Serena Williams, Richard Williams, who is also black. This has made some blacker people complain about black people who aren’t black enough (http://conservativefighters.com/news/critics-say-will-smith-isnt-black-enough-to-play-black-man-in-upcoming-williams-sisters-film/). If that makes sense to you, there’s a Democrat nomination with your name on it.

So now we’ve got a bunch of left-wing pipsqueaks that I never heard of, because I have better things to do than pay attention to them, yowling about “colorism.” That is a word I never heard until this morning. Something new to complain about! You can’t beat leftids for inventing new things to complain about. They don’t think Will Smith is black enough to play Mr. Williams. We are warned there’s gonna be “a social justice backlash.”

If this kind of racial nitpicking isn’t racism, then what is it–pure and idle brainlessness?

The Colorado “Civil Rights” Commission aren’t the only ones trying to dictate the content of works of art.

They must be utterly defeated. All of them.

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I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

8 responses to “‘Colorism’?

  • Erlene Talbott

    It never ceases to amaze me when I see how this “racism” and etc. etc. keeps expanding. They must be really devoid of reason to keep coming up with this utter nonsense.
    By the way, if you haven’t seen much response from me in the last couple of days, it is because our internet keeps going down. Heavy snow, extremely strong winds, roads blocked and all that goes with it. I so look forward to spring.

  • Watchman

    When they did that back then there was no hidden agendas. I can accept that. But today they purposely change establish characters race, gender, “sexual orientation”, etc. for the sake of identity politics. Now that I have a problem with.

  • Marge Hofknecht

    I saw this the other day and wondered. No one had problems with Will Smith playing the lead character in the Wild Wild West. He’s a good actor and would do the role justice in my opinion. All that’s needed is for his skin to be darkened with make-up. Not hard to do for a make-up artist but, wait, would Will be in “blackface” then? Just throwing out the thought.

  • unknowable2

    It astounds me that the “enlightened” among us, whom rail continuously and call everyone in earshot racist are themselves so conscious of skin color. The Left will self destruct

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