Annie may indeed be black now, but that doesn't matter. Your reaction, on the other hand, is what's really important, and what it says about you, and the state of society, is even more telling.
It’s getting a bit old. As a matter of fact, with the way Messageboard Nation and its far more blunt 140 character cousin, Twitterville react, you’d swear it was Selma in the ‘60s. Racism has gone underground thanks to social media, the anonymous soapbox giving everyone and their bigoted 15 minutes the kind of fame you don’t necessarily want. This week’s subject was the upcoming Annie remake featuring an ethnically diverse cast including Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne, Cameron Diaz, and in the role of the title orphan (now a more PC-friendly “foster kid”), Beast of the Southern Wild‘s Quvenzhané Wallis. When the trailer premiered last week, it elicited a mixed response from the various opinion-sharing outlets. While many agreed the actual update looked (and sounded, thanks to obvious use of autotune) awful, the biggest stink occurred when the typical intolerant tweets started making the rounds.