Director Tim Burton and Netflix are under fire from fans who claim the casting and undertones of new series ‘Wednesday’ are racist.
The show – a dramedy highlighting Wednesday Addams’ time as a boarder – premiered last week and drew ratings and mixed reviews.
Critics have taken issue with black actress Joy Sunday, who plays a mean girl at Nevermore Academy, and black actor Iman Marson, who portrays a bully and the son of a corrupt mayor.
The mayor also owns Pilgrim World — a surprising choice considering the museum celebrates pilgrims and colonizers.
A rep for Burton, who served as the series’ director and executive producer, dismissed the flak when contacted by The Post on Wednesday for comment.
“I’m not forwarding such a stupid comment request to Tim,” WME’s Mike Simpson replied.
“However, apparently, daylight saving time is racist,” he added, including a link to a recent CNN article that argued that daylight saving time disproportionately affects the sleep and health of minorities.
“’Wednesday’ was filmed in Romania, which observes daylight saving time. Maybe that’s a better angle,” Simpson concluded.
The Post also contacted Netflix for comment.
Jenna Ortega, who describes herself as “75 percent Mexican and 25 percent Puerto Rican,” leads the “Wednesday” cast as the title character.
“Don’t get me wrong… I love Jenna Ortega and that she plays on Wednesdays, but one thing I hate about this show is why did they make ALL black people horrible people on this show?” a viewer tweeted. “How didn’t Netflix see anything wrong with that? I hate Tim Burton’s racist self.”
“I’m trying too hard to overcome the racist and anti-black undertones on Wednesday’s Addams Netflix show. As if anyone thinking of making the black man the owner of a pilgrim amusement park is going to literal hell.” another sighed in a since-deleted tweet.
This isn’t the first time Burton, 64, has been criticized for his projects involving actors of color. In 2016, while promoting Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, star Samuel L. Jackson speculated that he was the first black lead in a Burton film.
The director responded to Jackson’s comments in a Bustle interview. “It’s talked about more these days,” he says of film diversity. But “Things call for things, or they don’t.”
“I remember watching ‘The Brady Bunch’ as a kid and they started getting politically correct. Okay, let’s have an Asian kid and a black guy. It used to offend me more than just… I grew up watching blaxploitation movies, right? And I said, ‘That’s great.’ I didn’t think, ‘Okay, there should be more white people in these films,'” Burton added.
https://nypost.com/2022/11/30/tim-burtons-wednesday-called-racist-for-casting-black-actors-as-bullies/ Tim Burton’s “Wednesday” has been called “racist” for casting black actors as bullies