‘It Ruins the Authenticity’
Some people are actually arguing that casting Black actors for characters that were once white will ruin the authenticity of the original story. This argument is problematic for many reasons. The races and appearances of these fictional characters have been changing for years, but no controversy was ever sparked until they were changing to Black. For example, there wasn’t much fuss when Lynda Carter, an actress who has a Hispanic mother and an Irish father, was cast to play Wonder Woman, an Amazonian warrior whose Greek mother carved her out of clay. Needless to say, every actress after Carter who played Wonder Woman had a different cultural background, but there was no argument that the constantly changing ethnic backgrounds of the women were ruining Wonder Woman’s authenticity. Even more recently, Star Wars fans criticized the trailer for the upcoming film for the appearance of what seems to be a Black stormtrooper. While many argued that the Black man ruined the authenticity of the film and the overall image of what a stormtrooper is supposed to be, these criticisms ignored the fact that stormtroopers were originally of Maori descent to begin with.