As a person with a reputation to uphold and be mindful of, I have to be careful what opinions of mine that I let go public. After reading some of the online comments about Quvenzhane’ Wallis playing Annie in the remake of the classic 1982 film, I’m just going to say that I am sick and tired of the racist hate that makes America a very, very difficult place to be Black in.
Before I go there though, let’s just focus on the film remake.
Annie is one of my favorite movies of all time. Adapted from a broadway musical, the film tells the story of Annie, an orphan from New York City who was taken in by billionaire Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks. I think my favorite things about the movie were the music (of course) and Annie’s spunk.
In the modern day version of the film, Cameron Diaz plays Ms. Hannigan, the woman who runs the orphanage where Annie lives and Jamie Foxx plays the role of Benjamin Stacks (the name makes me think of Andre 3000), a wealthy politician who uses Annie to help with his mayoral campaign.
Check out the trailer below.
In my opinion, the remake looks like it has been well done and will be just as good as the original but as usual, the Internet trolls do not agree. Not even 10 comments down on the article that I read the story on, remarks about a Black child playing the role were made. Users commented that Annie had gotten a “tan,” Blacks were remaking classic white movies (Karate Kid, Steel Magnolias) and it was “tokenism” and some even suggested the movie be named “Shaunadra” or “Lekeisha.”
The overall consensus was that the movie was basically ruined and no one would go watch it. Yes, I’m shaking my head because people are definitely overreacting.
What do you think of the remake of the film?
Source: E! Online