Dakota Fanning’s Pics Of New Role As White Muslim Refugee Enrages Web
By Izza Sofia, 05 Sep 2019
Image via andersphoto / Shutterstock.com
Dakota Fanning is at the center of controversy for being cast to play a white Muslim refugee from Ethopia.
The actress is set to star in the upcoming film Sweetness in the Belly, which is based on Camilla Gibbs’ eponymous 2005 novel. The book centers around ‘Lilly’, a British orphan who traveled to Ethopia and was forced to flee to England due to political issues in the country.
Though the novel is accepted by the society, the movie on the other hand isn’t well-received by audiences.
Social media users have taken to Twitter to express their frustrations after the first clip of the film surfaced on Deadline. Many just cannot comprehend why Fanning was chosen to portray the lead role.
Fanning, however, has defended her casting, telling Metro that her character is a British woman that was raised as a Muslim in Africa after she was abandoned by her family.
The film aims to let viewers know “what home means to people” after being away from what they used to call home, she explains.
UPDATED: Dakota Fanning posted on Instagram on Wednesday to clarify the background of her character in Sweetness In the Belly, her latest film that is set to bow at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival (check out her post: https://t.co/HXsqv1YNco) pic.twitter.com/uk0z0IP96G— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) September 5, 2019
This is so coincidental - just yesterday I was saying, you know who would best represent the contemporary refugee experience in Africa? Dakota Fanning. https://t.co/asMJowvdhb— hend amry (@LibyaLiberty) September 4, 2019
so many talented Muslim actors out there and you cast... Dakota Fanning???????????????????? and to play an ETHIOPIAN?????????????? I BEG YOUR PARDON??????????????? https://t.co/XAgs6y2G98— Muhammad Butt (@muhammadbutt) September 4, 2019
Dakota Fanning as a muslim ethiopian refugee, ScarJo proclaiming Woody Allen is innocent, homophobic niggas gaslighting Lil Nas X... The devil is TRULY working hard to ruin Beyoncé's birthday— ibaba (@ibaba10) September 4, 2019
White Ethiopian Muslim.— Kayla Marie @ Depleted Introvert Levels (@Maria_Giesela) September 4, 2019
Dakota Fanning from fucking Conyers Georgia. https://t.co/XuluTGGHqk
"white Ethiopian Muslim"— Scott Greer (@ScottMGreer) September 4, 2019
white women are at it againhttps://t.co/chuEN7HWWr
Dakota Fanning... “white Ethiopian Muslim”— TrapMoneyMelly (@MLVN__) September 4, 2019
Who approved this? https://t.co/68T5Cv0gOU
*Dakota Fanning As A White Ethiopian Muslim*— Johanna 💅🏼♒️ (@JohannaMarcia01) September 4, 2019
Totally not problematic https://t.co/aeedrWpEgG
[via Independent, opening image via andersphoto / Shutterstock.com]
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