By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
Mariah Carey is all set to drop a new studio album very soon and with her single “#Beautiful” which features Miguel performing strongly on the charts, her exit from “American Idol” just doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of slowing her down any. In fact, Mariah nabbed a role in upcoming film “The Butler” as a slave. And her new role is already causing controversy, considering a lot of people don’t feel her skin complexion is dark enough to play the role of a “field” slave. Eurweb reports:
Lee Daniels’ highly-anticipated film “The Butler,” upset some people when a photograph of Mariah Carey playing the role of a field slave went viral. Daniels’ movie also features the character Eugene Allen (Forest Whitaker).
The picture caught a barrage of flak from those on social media who felt that anyone with a complexion like Mariah’s wouldn’t actually have to work in the field, therefore deeming the illustration inaccurate. Those with fair skin like hers were usually used as house slaves. Fans took to Twitter to express a desire to see a more dark-skinned woman in the place of Mariah Carey in the movie.
One critic tweeted “She wouldn’t even be a house slave, she could pass as white,” and another posted “Zoe Saldana is Nina Simone and Mariah Carey is in the fields taking good slave acting jobs from dark-skinned people.”
Of course the whole controversy has caused lots of debate in the African-American community, some suggest the director didn’t read up on his historical facts, while others claim slaves were never actually divided by skin tone. Regardless, perhaps the scandal will be enough to get people out to see the film in large numbers, something Lee Daniels wants more than anything else. But he should do that easily with an ensemble cast consisting of Oprah, Forest Whitaker, Mariah Carey, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Jane Fonda, Terrence Howard, and Lenny Kravitz just to name a few.