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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Africans Discriminate Against American Actress

South Africans are angry that an American, Jennifer Hudson, is playing Winnie Mandela in an upcoming movie. South Africans believe that only a South African black can play the role. I don't get it - isn't that why it's called "acting?" If not, I guess Mandela should really play herself.

I'm always surprised to hear about this sort of thing. Like when Dominic West, star of The Wire, said he didn't like foreigners playing Brits because "they are stealing our heroes." Or when you heard many Japanese complaining that a Chinese woman would play the role of a Geisha.

About the only place you don't see this kind of prejudice is the USA.