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Cultural misrepresentations happens all the time in movies and are overlooked, but when it’s the other way around, it becomes an outcry. We still live in a very divisive world and these Tweets and Ads shows how much further we have to go as a country. Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis who is African American is the new Annie. I saw the movie and thought it was incredible, however there have been a lot of outburst on social media about the color of her skin. Read a few of the disturbing Tweets blow and more in the gallery.
Retail giant, Target decided to promote clothing representing the film with White models when the new lead actress in African American. The line was launched in August to coincide with the movie released.
Motivational speaker L'Sean Rinique Shelton, from Bear, Delaware in the above image, started a change.org petition against Target and so far 3,000 people have signed the petition for the Ads removal and an apology. She calls for the retail giant to remove the 'disrespectful' in-store displays and apologize to the movie's 11-year-old star, Quvenzhané Wallis. She said “In the current stench of racism and division amongst Americans, why would Target singlehandedly disrespect Quvenzhané Wallis and add more pain to injury as it relates to race relations? 'Being African American is not ugly, it is not bad and we are sellable!' The online Ad, does show an African American girl, not the in-store Ad .
Shelton also said that, when the 1982 movie adaption of Annie was released - starring the pale, freckled redhead child star Aileen Quinn - 'everything was about Aileen Quinn or a character/person that emulated her.' Being African American is not ugly, it is not bad and we are sellable! She argues: 'Why does African American actors have to beg for respect, especially as it relates to advertising? [sic] 'Despite most beliefs, African Americans are capable of portraying more than drug dealers, pimps, and other bastardized portrayals of our culture. 'Quvenzhané Wallis earned that role and we demand your respect.'
Annie was produced by Will Smith and Jay Z and was released on December 19. In a statement made to Daily Mail Online, Target representative Jessica Carlson declined to issue an apology, stating instead: 'We had conversations with [Quvenzhane Wallis'] team about being in the campaign, but ultimately it did not come to fruition. 'Fortunately, we had the pleasure of working with Ms. Wallis a number of times, including at a launch event in New York City in November. We had a great experience working with Ms. Wallis and appreciate her efforts in promoting this collection.' Ms. Carlson added: 'With regard to the marketing of the collection, girls from a variety of backgrounds were featured within the campaign, reflecting that anyone can embody the spirit and character of Annie.'
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We have a long way to go as a country.
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