Sophia Coppola, a white, female director, decided to completely exclude canonical Black female characters from her adaptation of "The Beguiled."
Many of you would be surprised to know that Sophia Coppola made an unexpected decision to totally omit depicting Black women in her adaptation of ‘The Beguiled’.
Sophia Coppola said she’s open to having a more “racially diverse cast” when she can. She’s on her sixth movie. So…. pic.twitter.com/BZumn0emw9
— Evette Dionne (@freeblackgirl) June 17, 2017
The director explained this weird move by her wish “focus on the gender dynamics” rather than “the racial ones.”
Sophia Coppola is really good at pretending black people don’t exist, esp when it comes to her movies. https://t.co/eLUG5Zxdy6
— t. madiyna (@TMNox) June 17, 2017
But the problem is that the original plot is a bit bigger than a story of two white women fighting for the love of a Union soldier at the times of Civil War. There is also plenty of tension between these so-called women-centric protagonists and Mattie, the slave that they coerce. Along with Mattie, Coppola has ‘erased’ Edwina (a mixed-race teacher) thus avoiding the issue of white women and slavery.
The above-mentioned scenario brought the controversies of the past back to life. Sophia Coppola is offering us a disgusting cocktail of appropriation, white supremacy and racial discrimination, that perfectly shows how little has changed since the Civil War.