Anne Boleyn was black

Channel 5 have filmed a new series about Anne Boleyn and have cast a black actress to play her.

And I think it's wrong.

Why?  Well, we know Anne Boleyn was white - it's supposed to be a historical drama, and that means it should be as close to reality as possible.  Having a black actress play the part is not reality.

It's clear that Channel 5 are only doing this to be edgy, given that there's been shit loads of Tudor related stuff over the last few years.  It's hard to top The Tudors and the excellent Phillipa Gregory based retellings in The White Queen, The White Princess and The Spanish Princess.

Naturally, The Grauniad says, "Predictably, racists are losing their heads over it" which frankly is just insulting.  To disagree with the casting of an actor or actress does not make a person racist.  

Instead of making shows like this to be edgy, why not look back at other non-white historical royals?  There are plenty of black queens dating back hundreds of years with a real story to tell.  I'd rather watch that.

There's being diverse, and then there's casting an actor of colour for the sake of it.

Now, personally I don't care the colour of an actor or actress in a show that's fiction.  That really doesn't matter to me, but I love my history and frankly I want my history to be accurate.  I want to see the real portrayals of actual historical figures.  What's wrong with that? 

As one person said on Twitter when they posted a portrait of Boleyn: "What Anne Boleyn used to look like. Do we have to change the history books now and change every person to a person of colour?"

You kind of have to question this don't you?  This kind of behaviour is creeping into shows all the time now.  Every historical drama seems to have some kind of gay relationship that doesn't really form part of the story, it's just in the background (matron).  Is it there to be cool?  Is it is forced diversity? 

Not everyone agrees though, as one person said:

"anna [sic] boleyn doesn’t need to be white, just in her paintings she was portrayed as white, being white has nothing to do with her at all, but martin luther king needs to be black, he was an amazing person who stood up for black rights and a role model for so many people.

So, basically, Anne Boleyn was just portrayed as white (even though she was white) but can be played by ANY actress of any colour BUT Martin Luther King can only be played by a black actor because he was amazing?

What tosh!  MLK should ONLY be played by a black actor because HE WAS FUCKING BLACK.  That makes it historically accurate, for fucks sake.

 

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