Hollywood Wanted Julia Roberts to Play Harriet Tubman
In the past when I’ve posted about straight male actors playing gayface I’ve compared that to white actors playing blackface. But never in a million years did I think I would see the day when someone in Hollywood would actually suggest that a white actress should play blackface. And, never in a million years did I think I would read about a comment from a Hollywood executive as clueless and obtuse as the one I’m linking to now. And yet here it is.
“I was told how one studio head said in a meeting, ‘This script is fantastic. Let’s get Julia Roberts to play Harriet Tubman,’” Allen explained. “When someone pointed out that Roberts couldn’t be Harriet, the executive responded, ‘It was so long ago. No one is going to know the difference.’”
You can read the rest here. Of course this is not going to happen, and Julia Roberts will not play a character in blackface. I can’t even imagine that.
RuPaul’s Scripted Netflix Series
This new series by RuPaul sounds a lot like Priscilla and To Wong Foo, with regard to the road trip angle. But I’m really not sure, and even if it is I don’t mind in the least. I like that trope and I like to see it done differently.
AJ and The Queen is an upcoming hour-long scripted comedy series starring RuPaul and co-written by RuPaul and Michael Patrick King. The series will debut on Netflix on January 10.
Here’s the link. I’ll be looking forward to this. Those of you don’t stream TV yet, you are missing out on some excellent entertainment.