Chadwick Boseman has been making Black history all over Hollywood, playing a string of iconic Black figures and becoming the first Black superhero in the Marvel Universe. But his latest role, as Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall, is attracting an unexpected kind of criticism.
Some folks, it seems, feel like it is an example of "reverse colorism."
Apparently, there is a contingent on Twitter that feel Boseman is a few shades too dark to play Marshall, believing the former SCOTUS judge's "light-skinned privilege" was fundamental to his advancement. These folks are even drawing comparisons to Zoe Saldana's disastrous turn as Nina Simone in Nina, saying that both films ignore the role skin color played in the lives of their subjects.
So do they have a point or nah? Read on to see the conversation:
Is it reverse colorism? Chadwick Boseman has too much melanin to play Thurgood Marshall.— Nichelle Stephens (@niche) June 22, 2017
Hell, my life would not have played out the same if I was a few shades darker. It's okay to be honest about this.— Mike Tré (@TheMikeTre) June 22, 2017
Since Chad Boseman playing Thurgood Marshall lets just get Viola Davis to play Lena Horne.— Professor JS Lupin (@neia_the_libra) June 22, 2017
Chadwick was a terrible choice for Thurgood Marshall. Love the dude but come on now.— PantheR (@____PantheR) June 22, 2017
short answer yes— Ty (@CTTYE203) June 22, 2017
The problem we mostly had with Zoe was they put her in black face. The actors don't have to look exactly like the people they are playing. https://t.co/M0fQbIPAtV— Chadwick Throwshands (@LordsDontWorry) June 22, 2017
Chadwick is obviously darker than Thurgood but he's also a great actor whose one of the few black actors that can get studio movies greenlit pic.twitter.com/hOdMJJhRnO— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) June 22, 2017
Jackie Robinson, James Brown, Thurgood Marshall, Black Panther; Chadwick Boseman really tryna play all the black heroes ✊🏿 https://t.co/1g88KdOmWg— Parker B (@TheAdvokate) June 22, 2017
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