In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Disney Channel star Zendaya addressed the controversy surrounding her casting in Spider-Man: Homecoming. The actress has faced criticism from some who are guessing, prematurely, that she has been cast as Mary Jane Watson. They expressed concerns that the character of Mary Jane is not black, and that made them uncomfortable as it was different from the source material. Apparently “true to the comics” is yet another dog whistle for “racist.”
Zendaya fired back, saying, “I don’t know what America you live in, but from what I see when I walk outside my streets of New York right now, I see lots of diversity and I see the real world and it’s beautiful, and that’s what should be reflected and that’s what is reflected so you’re just going to have to get over it.”
Feel free to use whatever excuse you like as to why Mary Jane has to be a buxom ginger, but you’ll most likely sound pretty fucking dumb.
In related Spider-Man news, Michael Keaton has officially been cast as the Vulture, and Tom Holland has signed a contract for Spider-man to appear in six different films. Haters aside, the MCU is looking a lot brighter right about now.