As recent controversies have shown, the skin colour of an actor or actress remains the source of criticism for some, especially when it comes to characters previously played by a Caucasian. Last May, for example, the African-American actress Halle Bailey received a barrage of hostile attacks for her role in the live-action version of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. The “purists” called for respect and a sort of fidelity to the earlier cartoon depiction, even though of course fish-women do not exist.
More recently, it was the interpretation of the Egyptian queen Cleopatra by the African-American Adele James in a Netflix documentary series that made people cringe.
The release of the feature film Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, from Sony Pictures, seems to have caused less controversy. In just two weeks since its release, the animated film about Spider-Man Miles Morales has already
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