American actor Shia LaBeouf has been accused of doing ‘brownface’ in his latest film.
The Transformers actor will be playing a man of Mexican descent in the movie The Tax Collector.
The trailer of the movie shows a heavily tattooed Shia LaBeouf who is a gangster with an accent, working for a crime lord.
The trailer sparked controversy and faced a huge backlash from fans and viewers. Amid the ongoing protests against blackface in the entertainment industry, this was sure to cause a conflict.
Although the director of the movie, David Ayer, has refuted such claims and says that LaBeouf plays a white man with an influence of Latin culture.
Shia LaBeouf in ‘brownface.’
It’s no surprise that as soon as the trailer was out, fans took to the social media to express their concerns. Fans have been speculating that Shia is playing a Latino while he, in reality, is a white man.
One person directly asked the director of the movie about the role of LaBeouf. He tweeted, “Is Shia LaBeouf playing a Latino character in Tax Collector? If so, why didn’t you cast a Latin actor?”
Another tweet came from a Mexican TV writer and producer who said, “#brownfacing 2020 style.”
Another person tweeted, “Shia LaBeouf in a new movie and I’m really hoping he’s not playing brownface.”
Ayer refutes the claims.
David Ayer responded to the allegations and refused that Shia played a Mexican in the movie. The director said that a character is a white man who is heavily influenced by Latin culture.
A man asked the director about the same on his twitter:
“Hey, a really important question that I think you should answer publicly in 2020. Is Shia LeBeouf playing a Latino character in Tax Collector? If so, why didn’t you cast a Latin character?”
Ayer replied to this tweet:
“Really important answer – Shia is playing a white boy who grew up in the hood. This is a Jewish dude playing a white character. Also, the only white dude in the movie.”
Ayer further clarified, “I grew up hood, and I’m a white boy. Chicano culture is inclusive. I’ve seen whiteys, Asians, Blacks, Filipinos all putting in work for the hood. It’s part of street culture.”