I made a post about the whole live action Aladdin movie and my girl Naomi as Jasmine but I’m gonna make another one now that it’s official because Twitter is a mess rn and I’m really conflicted about it all.
Here we go:
1) I really love Naomi and if you follow me you know this, and I’ve been waiting of her to get some recognition like this for so long because she’s a really talented actress and she deserves success. I’m proud that she landed the role, she can definitely pull it off and I understand that she took the role because she’s not a big actress and this will definitely change her life but-
2) The cast for Aladdin should’ve been Middle Eastern. The animated film was based off of a Middle Eastern story and the movie itself starts with a song called ‘Arabian Nights.’ But apparently this wasn’t clear enough for Disney when they were casting for this movie. Disney sent out casting descriptions looking for actors and actresses of Middle Eastern and Indian descent. Apparently Disney doesn’t understand that poc aren’t interchangeable.
3) Honestly I blame Disney for all this. They should’ve known better.
4) Don’t come at my girl Naomi with bullshit like saying she isn’t pretty enough to be Jasmine or saying she isn’t a good actress because she is. I’ve been seeing a lot of backlash on all this and while I agree that Disney should’ve cast a Middle Eastern actress for Jasmine, I will not tolerate any slander for Naomi on any irrelevant shit like her looks or her acting. Naomi deserves better than that.
5) While there is definitely a colourism problem when it comes to casting in Hollywood, don’t erase the fact that Naomi is a woc and don’t call her white just because she’s biracial.
6) This isn’t like the whole ScarJo thing with GITS and it isn’t whitewashing. It’s a whole different thing. Disney was the one looking for actors of Indian descent instead of just actors of Middle Eastern descent like they should have, and it’s really their fault that a Middle Eastern actress wasn’t cast. Naomi auditioned for a role that was asking for people of Indian descent like her, but Disney should’ve just held auditions for Middle Eastern actresses to be faithful to the source material instead of making it seem that poc are interchangeable.
7) Disney and the director (who is white) are mainly at fault here. Disney has done a lot of stuff like this I’m not surprised. Also, the director should’ve been Middle Eastern too.
8) I’m disappointed that my girl Naomi is gonna get a lot of hate for this role because I love her and she doesn’t deserve this mess. Again, Disney should’ve looked for a Middle Eastern actress. (WB and DC can y'all cast Naomi and save her from all this pls?)
9) On the other hand (no I’m not defending Disney, just adding some more facts on why Disney made this casting decision) the animated film took place in a fictional place called Agrabah and there were some Indian culture influences in the film (Jasmine’s palace being based off of the Taj Mahal) and although it took place in a Middle Eastern area, the film kinda blended stuff from other cultures and that lead to Disney being unclear about it all and looking Indian actors for these roles instead of just Middle Eastern actors.
10) We’ll have to see if they change the location of where the story takes place to explain why Jasmine is Indian while Aladdin is Middle Eastern. They could do that to justify the whole thing, but for the millionth time, Disney should’ve had the entire cast be Middle Eastern (I don’t know if Genie counts because that’ll just be voice work and he’s not human).
So yeah, I’m happy Naomi is finally getting big roles but I don’t want it to happen like this and it makes me sad. She deserves better, and there’s a Middle Eastern actress out there who could’ve had the opportunity for this role who also deserves better.
Please don’t send Naomi any hate tho. This is mainly Disney’s mistake.
The Aladdin cast includes: Two-time Oscar nominee Will Smith as the Genie; Mena Massoud as Aladdin; Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine; Marwan Kenzari as Jafar; Navid Negahban as the Sultan; Nasim Pedrad as Dalia, Princess Jasmine’s hand maiden and confidante; Billy Magnussen as Prince Anders, a suitor from Skanland and potential husband for Princess Jasmine; and Numan Acar as Hakim, Jafar’s right-hand man and head of the palace guards.
C.R.O.W.N.- Continental Reconnaissance Operations to Ward Neutrality a disney princess modern spy au - written by Brenna, graphics by Drew
Agent 1125-92 [CLASSIFIED] Codename: SULTANA Status: ACTIVE
Name: Jasmine Khan. Birthplace: New Delhi, India. Occupation: Interrogation Officer - clearance to engage in field operations. Division: Intelligence. Specialism: armed and unarmed combatant; disguise and deception; enhanced interrogation tactics; gatka practitioner; high environmental and situational adaptability; technical skills. Additional Knowledge: knowledge of South Asian etiquette and socio-cultural customs; multilingual (Arabic, English, Hindi, and Punjabi); university degree in business administration; university degree in criminal psychology. Medical Records: Agent SULTANA has no significant ailments to report at this time. Relations: ● Khan, Hamed; father. ● Singh-Khan, Amandeep; mother - DECEASED.
‘Women are seen, not heard.’ Jasmine Khan bristled against her father’s words for years; until she realized that she could use them to her advantage. She learned to listen not to what people said but rather to what they did not say; she observed their actions against their words, finding hidden meaning behind a rightly-timed smile, a brief loss of eye contact, or a sudden clench of a fist. When C.R.O.W.N. brought her on to interrogate hardened criminals, she knew she found her niche.
I’m a very visual person, and other people’s music and videos inspire me. I usually just have a little bit of an explore on YouTube and see what’s out there. Right now, it’s Solange. She’s an inspiration for the eyes. / /
If I can’t sleep, it’s because my mind won’t switch off. So I’ll get on YouTube and watch Friends bloopers, like when they carry the sofa and Ross is yelling, “Pivot!” Makes me laugh and I don’t have to think.
“There are so many amazing new things about the character in this adaptation — I could literally go on for an hour!” Scott excitedly tells The Hollywood Reporter from London, where the film is in production. “Everyone involved in this project weren’t afraid to really just rip things down and start again, especially the Princess Jasmine character, because it’s so important to get that right.”
First, audiences of the May 2019 release can expect to meet a Jasmine who is a well-rounded character. “I love what Disney is doing at the moment with their princesses — going from animation to live-action and making those animated characters real human beings,” says Scott, a British actress and singer whose mother is from northern India. “Being a female character is also about being a real person, and guess what? [She] can be strong and have fun, but also get it wrong and be emotional. She’s a multidimensional woman, and she doesn’t have to just be one thing. So in this movie, you see her go on such a roller coaster, as opposed to her one goal being to fall in love or get married.”