Cynthia Erivo is being cast as Harriet Tubman in an upcoming film production. While many celebrated the acclaimed artist, other criticized her casting. A popular opinion points to the fact that a British actress was selected over an American one to tell the story of an American icon. Given the weight of the Tubman’s legacy, many feel that someone who can relate more directly to this legacy should have gotten the part instead.
Erivo has responded to the backlash with a statement Instagram, affirming that her hard work is enough to justify her achievement.
What many publications have failed to acknowledge in this matter is the fact that Erivo is known to have criticized Black Americans with condescending comments usually aimed to prop her up as superior in her Britishness.