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Troll Gets Shut All The Way Down After Dragging James Earl Jones Into Casting Debate For Voicing Darth Vader

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This week saw some people questioning typical casting choices for voiceover work.

After some self-reflection, at least two White actresses decided to step down from roles they were cast in. Actresses Jenny Slate and Kristen Bell voiced mixed race characters on Big Mouth and Central Park respectively

Both actresses announced they would no longer play those roles and urged show creators to recast the parts with mixed race or Black actresses.

However, one Twitter user decided to throw James Earl Jones, renowned actor and voice actor, under the bus for his role in Star Wars as the cyborg voice of alien being Darth Vader, whom the user identified as “White” despite Star Wars taking place in a galaxy far, far away.

White actor Hayden Christensen played the pre-cyborg version of Darth Vader, Anakin Skywalker.

Twitter and Star Wars fans were not having it.

After all, everybody knows that Darth Vader’s voice was the result of his mask and body suit which were keeping him alive.

Otherwise he would have sounded like this:

So, get it together Twitter critic.

Others noted the implicit racism present in our voice-critic friend’s post.

Black characters are often voiced by White actors in animation.

The exclusion of Black people from even playing characters of their own race is well documented.

Jones has not yet commented on someone using him as an example.


Written by Mike Walsh

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