15+ Responses To ‘Aladdin’ Cast Picks in Twitter Tantrums

You’d think being cast in a leading role in a Disney film would be the highlight of your career, but you'd be forgetting about the hordes of angry internet mobs who think someone else would be better. Yep, that's an FML for sure.

After weeks of speculation of Disney’s casting of the upcoming live-action ‘Aladdin’ remake, Disney revealed their picks on July 15th at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California.

Relative newcomer Mena Massoud and former Pink Power Ranger Naomi Scott have been chosen as Aladdin and Jasmin and Will Smith has been cast as Genie. After the formal presentation at D23, Disney made their big reveal on Twitter just before noon on Saturday morning.

Being the internet, an unscrupulous playground for the perpetually discontent, the announcement was greeted almost immediately with criticism, i.e. whining. After it was leaked earlier in the week that Disney was having trouble casting the lead role, the internet quickly stepped in to offer their opinions. And there were a-plenty.

Frontrunners for the title role included Hollywood big-hitters like Dev Patel and Riz Ahmed, and for the role of Jasmin, fans suggested Little Mix popstar Jade Thirlwall and Priyanka Chopra. So obviously when the casting decisions were announced, disgruntled fans got salty and turned to social media to vent. Here’s what fans on Twitter had to say.  

Folks were pleasantly surprised about the choice for the lead role.

But this is 2017 and Hollywood still has a problem with whitewashing films, so naturally it turned into a race issue pretty fast.

People were particularly irked by Naomi Scott. The actress, half-Indian, half-white, will be portraying an Arab character.

Many people are holding fast to their opinion that Jade Thirlwall would’ve been a better choice.

She's had enough, though.

And other people are stepping in to regulate.

In case you don’t know, this little slice of heaven is Avan Jogia. Like Scott, he’s half-white and half-Indian. He’s also 100% yumm-a-licious. *swoon*

Thankfully, we can all agree on Will Smith:

So far, these three roles are the only that have been announced. While we wait for the rest of the cast to be announced, Twitter users have not stopped making suggestions.

By Nina / Wednesday 19 July 2017 14:27 /
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