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Old Dec 9th, 2013, 03:53 AM   #1
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ABC ‘Once Upon A Time’ casts a black actress as Rapunzel, encounters racist backlash

Once Upon a Time's TF thread: http://www.tennisforum.com/showthrea...447709&page=18

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‘Once Upon A Time’ Casts Alexandra Metz As Rapunzel, Encounters Racist Backlash



Once Upon a Time has picked Alexandra Metz as its Rapunzel, and the decision is generating quite a backlash online.

The ABC show about fairy tale characters come to life has picked Originals alum Metz to play Rapunzel in the 14th episode of Season 3.

The decision to pick an African-American actress to play a character that has been typically portrayed as fair-skinned with tower length long blonde hair has garnered some attention from fans, both good and bad.

Once Upon a Time has not shied away from unusual casting decisions in the past. In October the show announced that it had cast shock rocker Marilyn Manson as the voice of the villain shadow for next season.

Though he is known mostly for his hard rock music, Marilyn Manson also branched out into movies, contributing to the soundtrack for Resident Evil. His creepy vocals won over Once Upon a Time producers, who cast him as the demonic spirit that works for Peter Pan and helps kidnap children.

Alexandra Metz has been met with enthusiasm by some, with fans praising Once Upon a Time for its outside-the-box choice that gives young African-American girls someone to look up to.



But others have criticized the decision, with responses ranging from polite disagreement to downright racism.



Alexandra Metz will make her debut as Rapunzel on Once Upon a Time in Episode 14, which airs when the show returns from its winter hiatus in March.

http://www.inquisitr.com/1053478/onc...cist-backlash/

Alexandra Metz


Disney Tangled (2010) based on Rapunzel:














The casting Alexandra Metz as Rapunzel also makes people fight here: http://tvline.com/2013/12/04/once-up...lexandra-metz/



Sneak Peek of Once Upon a Time's Rapunzel



Trailer for Rapunzel episode of Once Upon a Time "The Tower".


Sneak Peek of one of Rapunzel's scene at Once Upon a Time
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Old Dec 9th, 2013, 03:59 AM   #2
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Watch for the same usual suspects to come in this thread and start complaining there are too many threads about race.

The prefer to have an abstract conversation where they can confidently assert they see no reason why anybody would be denied a job or role because of their race.

And when you show them concrete example that it does happen, they are offended that you forcing topic on racism down their throat and they are losing their patience and interest in the topic.
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Re: ABC ‘Once Upon A Time’ casts a black actress as Rapunzel, encounters racist backl

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Watch for the same usual suspects to come in this thread and start complaining there are too many threads about race.

The prefer to have an abstract conversation where they can confidently assert they see no reason why anybody would be denied a job or role because of their race.

And when you show them concrete example that it does happen, they are offended that you forcing topic on racism down their throat and they are losing their patience and interest in the topic.
What's racist about those tweets?
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Re: ABC ‘Once Upon A Time’ casts a black actress as Rapunzel, encounters racist backl

Read the comments section here: http://tvline.com/2013/12/04/once-up...lexandra-metz/

it is a big mess
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Doesn't black people's hair grow as afro and not straight like Rapunzel?
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It's more like a tongue-in-cheek moment for those who said weaves. Not sure about the second one.
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Re: ABC ‘Once Upon A Time’ casts a black actress as Rapunzel, encounters racist backl

Cute girl, great hair.

Sucessful marketing strategy by ths show writers. Had the desired effect. Next Little Red Riding Hood wearing a blue cape and the wolf being a tiger.
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Will her hair be blonde then?
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Re: ABC ‘Once Upon A Time’ casts a black actress as Rapunzel, encounters racist backl

I don't see anything is wrong with it. I mean, The Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf are the same person in the show
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It is indeed a weird casting, expecially considering her hair is long straight and blond.
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I don´t think there is a hair colour specified in Grimm´s fairy tales. It doesn´t say her hair is golden, only roughly translated "her hair as classy as gold". It describes the charateristics/composition of the hair, not the colour. Case dismissed.
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So what ?
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I don´t think there is a hair colour specified in Grimm´s fairy tales. It doesn´t say her hair is golden, only roughly translated "her hair as classy as gold". It describes the charateristics/composition of the hair, not the colour. Case dismissed.
Actually the original Grimm's fairy tale did specify it. No?


She grows up to be the most beautiful child in the world with long golden hair. When she reaches her twelfth year, the enchantress shuts her away in a tower in the middle of the woods, with neither stairs nor a door, and only one room and one window. When she visits her, she stands beneath the tower and calls out:

"Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair, so that I may climb the golden stair".

Upon hearing these words, Rapunzel would wrap her long, fair hair around a hook beside the window, dropping it down to the enchantress, who would then climb up the hair to Rapunzel's tower room.


"Rapunzel is described as having golden hair in the original Brothers Grimm tale (implying either blonde, strawberry blonde or red), though, she has since been featured with her long blonde hair."
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Do you complain when:



or here:
“AKIRA” adaptation courts white actors

http://www.racebending.com/v4/featur...-white-actors/

or right here:


or maybe here:



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