People are accusing the 'Cats' filmmakers of whitewashing Kenyan-born actress Francesca Hayward in the upcoming film adaptation
- People on social media are accusing the upcoming "Cats" movie of whitewashing one of its lead actresses, the Kenyan-born Francesca Hayward, after the movie trailer was released on Thursday.
- Hayward's character, Victoria, is a kitten with white fur, but many felt that the film was still whitewashing her portrayal.
- "You wouldn't know the black lead was black unless you knew her already," one disgruntled user wrote on Twitter.
- "Her character's fur could hardly be whiter," another said.
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People on social media are slamming the upcoming "Cats" movie for "whitewashing" one of its lead actresses.
The movie's much-anticipated trailer was released Thursday and shows off an all-star cast, including Taylor Swift, Judi Dench, Idris Elba, and Jennifer Hudson.
After the trailer 's release, disgruntled fans took to Twitter to voice their concerns that Francesca Hayward, a Kenyan-born actress and dancer, wasn't able to be recognised as a person of colour.
sheâ€™s BLACK?!— nerdy and âœ¨fabulousâœ¨ (@HooiWanV) July 19, 2019
It's hard for me to understand claims of whitewashing when you can really clearly see that's not the case here. Why whitewash exactly one person on the cast and nobody else?
Hayward, for her part, seems to be very excited about her role in the upcoming film. On Instagram, she's shared several clips of the trailer and behind-the-scenes footage.
"This is very surreal for someone who doesn't sing in public, to suddenly be singing with Jennifer Hudson," Hayward said in a recent behind-the-scenes clip she shared to her profile.
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