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Disney faces backlash after cast for live action 'Lilo and Stitch' revealed

Disney faces backlash after their cast for the “Lilo and Stitch” remake got revealed. The casting of Sydney Agudong as Nani, Lilo’s older sister, has been heavily criticized on social media, with some Twitter users describing it as “blatant colorism.” While Agudong has Hawaiian heritage, her appearance does not match the darker hair and ethnic features that Nani has in the original cartoon, released in 2002.


That is, unfortunately, not the first time that Disney has faced criticism over casting decisions in its live-action remakes. In the past, the company has been accused of whitewashing characters, failing to accurately represent people of color on screen, in addition to having a history of outdated stereotypes, resulting in removing some older projects from the company’s streaming service, Disney Plus.


The original 2002 animated film was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $275 million at the box office. It is expected of the upcoming live-action remake to update the story for a modern audience, and while it has no official release date, is highly anticipated by Disney fans.


The controversy around the casting decision has reignited the ongoing conversation about representation and diversity in Hollywood, hopefully leading to more positive changes in the industry.

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