Jodie Turner-Smith is a black actress who has been cast to play Queen Anne Boleyn which as one could imagine, caused all types of controversy. Mark Stanley, a white actor who played her husband told RadioTimes.com, “[i]t was all about this being the right person for the job, rather than what we as a society might perceive as the ‘right look’ for the job. Anne Boleyn was beautiful, witty, vibrant, intelligent and Jodie is all of those things.”
Always one to take things unnecessarily to the 10th degree was Conservative pundit and internet troll Candace Owens who then suggested that a white actor play former President Obama. She wrote on Twitter, “I’m actually totally fine with Jodie Turner playing the role of Anne Boleyn so long as the radical left promises to keep their mouth shut if in the future Henry Caville [sic] is selected to play Barack Obama and Rachel McAdams can play Michelle. Not double standards- K?”
And so why is this a problem? Barack Obama was the first black president which in and of itself, given the fact that people at the time swore we wouldn’t see that happening in our lifetimes was a big accomplishment. Whether people like him or not, that won’t be taken away from him and a glass ceiling was broken. Knowing that it is something so sentimental to people, suggesting a white person play him would only be done by the most simplest of trolls. Most of us know where the third rail is and don’t touch it. She danced all over it for this one.
What was my reaction to this? After tweeting about the absurdity of the idea without stating her name, when asked who said it, I immediately responded, “that dumb b*tch Candace Owens.” I deleted it and rewrote it without the profanity. I felt the need to discuss the topic because it represents a larger problem of the events of the last year and simply how some people in politics such as Candace Owens and those in office engage the black community.
What this says is that because somewhere along the way it’s been deemed acceptable to poke black people in the eye and think it’s okay just because certain people find our politics objectionable. And because of this, it’s these jabs from people like her that cause the name calling of the people she calls herself representing that will continue because in short, you’re not going to find many black people who enjoy standing next to someone that likes dunking on black people for cheap shots in politics. It causes you to get the criticism you deserve.
This is also not the first time someone other than a white person has played Queen Anne Boleyn. Merle Oberon, from Sri Lanka played Queen Anne in the 1930s. This isn’t some new “woke” concept come up with now either. Elizabeth Taylor played Cleopatra in the 60s and John Wayne played Genghis Khan to name a few examples of how this was normalized in the past.
OBama has been out of office for 5 years and people still can’t stop dredging his name up for troll points.