Rooney Mara

Rooney Mara is lending her voice to
Hollywood’s whitewashing problem, as
someone who has been a part of the debate
since “Pan” was released last year. The Oscar
nominee — Rooney is up for her role in the
lesbian drama, “Carol” — played Tiger Lily in
the Joe Wright-directed film. The casting
choice was widely criticized at the time.
“I really hate, hate, hate that I am on that side
of the whitewashing conversation,” Mara said
in a new interview with The Telegraph , when
the conversation turned to the debate about
diversity in Hollywood. “I really do. I don’t
ever want to be on that side of it again. I can
understand why people were upset and
“Do I think all of the four main people in the
film should have been white with blonde hair
and blue eyes? No,” she continued, although
insisting the director’s intentions were
“genuine.” “I think there should have been
some diversity somewhere.”
Mara also spoke with Deadline about the
casting debate, saying, “Yes, I do think it curbs
art and creativity, and I also think that if
you’re going to go by that, you have to be able
to … it has to go both ways. It can’t just be
that you don’t want a white girl to play a
certain part. It has to be both sides.”
She added, “It was never my intention to play a
Native American girl. That was never an option
to me.”
#RooneyMara is Tiger Lily. #PAN
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The issue of whitewashing has also been
conflated with the fact that no person of color
was nominated for one of the Oscars’ four
acting awards. It’s a problem that has led
many stars to boycott this year’s ceremony,
leading the Academy to make some changes in
its membership and voting.
Mara said that she will attend this year’s show,
despite the controversy.
WATCH: Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara in the
‘Pan’ Trailer
“Here is the thing, I have a lot to say and I
have very strong opinions about it, but it is
such a sensitive issue I don’t want to reduce it
to a sound bite,” she explained, seemingly
wanting to avoid the same controversy her
fellow nominee, Charlotte Rampling, found
herself in when she said a boycott was “racist
to whites.”
Rampling later said her comment was
Mara is not the only nominee to be asked if
she’s avoiding this year’s Oscars. Kate Winslet
told ET that she’s focusing on what has been
“an amazing year for film” and for women in
the industry. “[It’s] important to acknowledge,”
she continued. “[I’m] proud to be included.”

Source : foxnews

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