Billy Porter to play the Fairy Godmother in live-action 'Cinderella' movie
The past few years has seen become quite a popular movie trend develop - recreating beloved animated childhood classics as live-action movies. From The Lion King to Aladdin to the upcoming Little Mermaid, it seems certain movie studios will leave no stone unturned when it comes to adapting their movie library.
And in the more progressive era of 2019, studios like Disney and Sony have to be aware of certain aspects of movie creation - namely, diversity. However, this can cause friction with viewers, as many diehard fans of the animated classics simply cannot accept change - and this became evident when Grown‑ish star and black woman Halle Bailey was cast as Ariel in the upcoming Little Mermaid remake.
Hours after the 19-year-old was announced as the beloved mermaid, the hashtag #NotMyAriel was trending on Twitter, as people couldn't accept a black actress taking the role of a formerly white cartoon character. Here are some Tweets of people who genuinely care about the color of a mermaid's skin:
Grown ass people arguing over a mermaid...
Anyway, prepare for yet even more outrageous backlash over a fictional make-believe character, because now a gay black male has been cast as the Fairy Godmother in the upcoming Sony live-action movie, Cinderella.
That's right, the Emmy award-winning Pose star Billy Porter has been announced as the much-loved savior to Cinderella, the Fairy Godmother, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed.
Per the Daily Mail, Potter confirmed the news himself during an interview at the New Yorker Festival, saying: "I have a couple movies that I'm working on. I'm gonna be playing the fairy godmother in the new Cinderella movie with Camila Cabello."
Now, you may think movie fans would be delighted about having a Tony, Grammy, and Emmy award-winning performer cast in such an iconic role, but oh no. Despite the fact some people are over-the-moon with the casting choice, many people were quick to tweet their displeasure regarding the 50-year-old actor as a formerly white fairy:
Personally, I'm with Brooke:
Billy Porter will star alongside Camila Cabello, who has been cast by Sony as the titular Cinderella, and the movie is expected to be released in 2021.