Disney has been accused of “blatant colourism” after revealing who will star in a live-action remake of Lilo & Sew.
Sydney Agudong – a 22-year-old who has Hawaiian ancestry – has been forged as Lilo’s older sister Nani.
However some followers say she isn’t consultant of how Nani was depicted within the 2002 animation, the place the character had darker shin, black hair and ethnic options.
One critic of the casting tweeted: “Not being Indigenous or from a PoC group, it will not be simple to see an issue with this casting, however inside our communities this can be a massive difficulty.
“Nani is Indigenous Hawaiian with sturdy options and darkish pores and skin, this casting is blatant colourism.”
And one other fan who’s from the state wrote: “Pay attention, she’s most likely a beautiful lady however I can not assist however really feel disenchanted. I needed Nani to appear like me.”
Disney has confronted criticism earlier than over casting choices in previous live-action remakes.
Again in 2019, the leisure big was accused of whitewashing after casting Naomi Scott – a biracial British actor of Indian ancestry – as Princess Jasmine.
The unique character was the one Disney princess with darker pores and skin on the time of the animated film’s launch in 1992.
Disney is but to touch upon the criticism.