The musical, based on a 1920’s comic strip called Little Orphan Annie, holds proof that race had nothing to do with Annie’s character. It was her hair color. (Still, a discrimination due to appearance, which is in all ways, wrong) Negative stereotypes toward redheads crossed over from the 19th century to the early 20th century. Her red hair that “symbolized wickedness” was a way of showing that she was marginalized, adding depth to her persona as an orphan girl. According to a 2006 statistics, 56% of foster kids in New York City (which is where the movie is set) are African American. So really, it’s about time they made a movie like this. The feud between black and white is still very much evident in our world today, and recreating Annie into a character of color is not a crime at all.
Catch Annie in cinemas this December 2014!
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