Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ Criticized For “Browning Up” White Extras



• From the Sunday Times, Kaushal Odedra, a stand in for one of the leads of the Guy Ritchie-directed, Will Smith-starring film, described seeing as many as twenty “very fair skinned” actors in line outside make-up tents “waiting to have their skin darkened.”

• The scenes are being filmed at Longcross studios in Surrey, the white actors were brought in to "fill in the many" background roles. There's also a reported 400 of 500 of background performers who are Indian, Middle Eastern, African, Mediterranean or Asian.

• Odedra said of the experience: "Disney are sending out a message that your skin colour, your identity, your life experiences amount to nothing that can be powered on and washed off,"

• The Times has reached out to Disney for comment.

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