Yara Shahidi Responds to Racist Backlash over Tinkerbell Casting in Peter Pan & Wendy

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Yara Shahidi, who is playing Tinkerbell in Disney + Peter Pan & Wendy, responds to backlash surrounding her casting

Peter Pan & Wendy’s Yara Shahidi is speaking out against the racist backlash surrounding her casting as Tinkerbell.

Related: Journey To Neverland With Peter Pan & Wendy Streaming April 28th on Disney+

Peter Pan & Wendy is an upcoming Disney + reboot of the classic Peter Pan tale. Yara Shahidi has been tapped to play Tinerkbell in the series, and while some have praised the casting, others have been critical due to her race.

The LA Times reported on the racist backlash on Twitter in early March. Shahidi has recently responded to the racist criticism, telling the Hollywood Reporter “oftentimes people think of diversity and inclusion as threatening or jeopardizing the quality of the story, instead of seeing how beautifully they can be interwoven together to create something that impacts even more people, that lets even more people into stories that we love.”

Related: Light Up Your Room With This Peter Pan And Tinkerbell Lantern!


Peter Pan & Wendy, which is slated to premier on Disney+ on April 28, also stars Alexander Molony as Peter Pan, Jude Law as Captain Hook, Ever Gabo Anderson as Wendy Darling. The story maintains the general themes of the original, with Wendy traveling to Never Land with Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, and her brothers where she encounters Captain Hook and his band of pirates.

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