'skin colour doesn't matter when you're playing cat'

‘skin colour doesn’t matter when you’re playing cat’

Ms Hayward, who was born in Nairobi before moving to Sussex aged two to live with her British grandparents, joined the Royal Ballet in 2010. 

There she went on to perform classic ballets including Romeo and Juliet, before being made a principal dancer in 2016. This year she graced the front cover of Vogue as one of the 15 women chosen as the Duchess of Sussex’s trail blazers.

Other stars have faced similar outrage for playing characters of a different race. Scarlett Johansson faced controversy surrounding her casting as Japanese woman Major Kusanagi in Ghost in the Shell.

Fans said that, as the first ever live-action, English-language adaptation of the popular Japanese manga series, a Japanese woman should have played the lead. 

Oscar winning Emma Stone spoke out on her own controversy storm after being cast as a character of Hawaiian and Asian heritage in the romantic comedy Aloha. She said the backlash taught her the “history of whitewashing in Hollywood and how prevalent the problem truly is”.

But for Tom Hooper’s Cats, which also stars Dame Judi Dench, Idris Elba, and Taylor Swift, criticism has also flown for reasons other than race. 

Clips of the film, which was made using computer-generated imagery (CGI) and real human actors, were ruthlessly mocked with bemused comments online upon the release of the first trailer this summer. 

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