In response to the most recent criticism directed at the cast of the impending live-action “Snow White” movie, Rachel Zegler has spoken out.
Snow White actor responds to racist remarks
The seven dwarfs from the Disney classic were given their first look in images taken on the remake’s set that was released by Daily Mail on July 14.
According to a statement given to The Daily Beast by a Disney representative, “the photos are fake and not from our production.” According to The Daily Beast, a representative from Disney’s “PR shop” later verified the pictures were real but they weren’t actual “photos” taken on the set.
While some social media users attacked the seven dwarfs’ casting decisions, racist remarks about Latina Zegler being chosen as the cherished Disney princess also reappeared.
Online, the “West Side Story” actor received a lot of praise from admirers who dubbed her “the perfect Snow White.”
Zegler thanked her supporters, but she also said she was done participating in the “nonsensical discourse” around her portrayal of Snow White.
In a tweet posted on July 15, the 22-year-old said, “I’m incredibly grateful for the support I’ve received online, but don’t include me in the absurd discussion regarding my casting.”
She said, “I genuinely don’t want to witness it.”
Zegler preferred to promote optimism and a more inclusive message.
So, I’ll leave you with these pictures. She talked about her experiences dressing up as various Disney princesses as a child and supplied four images, including one of Snow White.
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The actor said in his closing statement, “Every youngster should know that they can be princesses no matter what.”
Disney was contacted by TODAY.com for comment on Zegler’s tweet, but no response had been received at the time of publication.
Zegler received praise from several Twitter users, including Halle Bailey, who faced racism abuse for her role as Ariel in “The Little Mermaid.”
Zegler’s post was shared by Bailey, who added, “We love you so much.”
The actor and musician, who is 23 years old, added a red heart emoji and remarked that Zegler was “truly the perfect princess.”
Zegler, the Golden Globe winner, has had to respond to negative remarks about her portrayal of the fictional heroine since Variety published in June 2021 that she would star in “Snow White.”
When they were interviewed for Variety’s “Actors on Actors” series in January 2022, she spoke candidly to Andrew Garfield about the response.
She expressed her surprise at being given the chance to portray a Disney princess, saying, “Never in a million years did I think this would be a possibility for me. Typically, Latino Snow Whites are uncommon to observe.
She mentioned that Blanca Nieves, often known as Snow White, is beloved in Spanish-speaking nations.
Because everyone was outraged when it was announced, it was a big deal that trended on Twitter for days.
Zegler concurred with Garfield’s remark that those folks should be educated.
We have to love them the correct way, she continued. I have work to accomplish that I’m excited to do at the end of the day. Being a Latina princess is my privilege.