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    Clown World: "Should HBOs Chernobyl have had more actors of color?"

    Should HBOs Chernobyl have had more actors of color? Twitter suggestion met with ridicule

    Source: Russia Today

    HBOs hit new series based on the Chernobyl tragedy has divided opinion online, but the oddest reaction yet has come from a budding UK actor wondering why the shows creators had not chosen more people of color for the cast.

    While the docudrama has come under criticism for various historical inaccuracies, the lack of racial diversity among the actors has not been brought up until now, that is for the simple reason that 1980s Ukraine was not exactly a thriving hub of modern-day multiculturalism.

    That should have been no reason to leave black and brown actors out though, according to actress Karla Marie Sweet, who tweeted that there are so many great actors of colour in the UK who wouldve been amazing in the series. Sweet felt disappointed to see yet another hit show with a massive cast that makes it looks like PoC dont exist. She later set her account to private after the inevitable backlash that followed.

    Just to clear up any confusion, the show makes it look like there were no people of color to reflect the reality of the time and place and the producers seem to have been at least trying to create an authentic vibe.

    Needless to say, Sweets tweet didnt exactly go down well on Twitter, where she was promptly told to learn history. You didn't see PoC because they're not there!

    One user said perhaps the actors were chosen for the same reason that Martin Luther King should probably not be played by a white person because he was black.

    Another said he was taking a screenshot of the thread because nobody will believe something so stupid could have been posted.

    To be fair, Sweet did at least acknowledge the lack of people of color in the USSR in another tweet, but suggested that since the actors spoke with British accents (it was a British production), the creators should have just thrown accuracy completely out the window and hired a more diverse-looking cast. Emotions like fear, panic and sadness can be communicated just as effectively by people of color, she added, missing the point entirely. Having actors of another race would break immersion for the viewers, another user tried to explain but ultimately, Sweet didnt seem open to criticism, later tweeting about the reactions she had received from racist Twitter.
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    It seems to have become the norm lately to ask for diversity or representativity, even when it doesn't necessarily match historical facts. For example, in the most recent adaptation of Les Misrables made by the BBC, Thnardier was played by a half Pakistani half Kenyan actor, Javert was played by a Nigerian, and ponine, Azelma and Gavroche were all mixed race.

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    Same old story of them insisting we aren't allowed to address tragedies accurately when only Europeans were the victims.

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