Disney is under fire for “browning up” white actors while shooting their live action version of Aladdin.
The Sunday Times has reported the production is using white actors with dark make-up instead of employing Asian actors – something Disney claims is necessary as they couldn’t find enough Asian camel handlers, stunt people or dancers.
The UK Office for National Statistics says there’s about four million people of Asian descent in England.
Kaushal Oderdra, an extra in the film, told The Sunday Times, he has seen about 20 actors waiting in make-up tents to have their skin darkened.
“Disney are sending out a message that your skin colour, your identity, your life experiences amount to nothing that can be powdered on and washed off,” he said.
The film is currently being shot in England.
Director Guy Ritchie is already under fire for adding a white character to the film, Prince Anders, who will be played by Billy Magnussen, did not appear in the 1992 original.