Disney executives have come under fire after they've been accused of “browning up” dozens of white actors for the upcoming live-action adaptation of Aladdin.
The Sunday Times has reported the film has darkened the skin tone for background characters in the busy crowd scenes.
In response, the mass media company said it was forced to darken Caucasian skin, as the could not find enough South Asian actors for roles requiring skills that "could not be readily found in the Asian community, such as stunt men, dancers and camel handlers."
"This is the most diverse cast ever assembled for a Disney live action production. More than 400 of the 500 background performers were Indian, Middle Eastern, African, Mediterranean and Asian," a Disney spokesperson said.
Despite Disney's statement, the backlash still continues. Kaushal Odedra, the stand-in for Mena Massoud, who plays Aladdin, said he saw about 20 "very fair-skinned" extras in line to have their skin darkened.
"On one set, two palace guards came in and I recognized one as a Caucasian actor, but he was now a darkly tanned Arab,” Odedra said. "I moved inside the marquee where there were 10 extras and two were Caucasian, but they had been heavily tanned to look Middle Eastern."
Now many celebrities are sharing their disdain towards Disney's actions.