Tim Burton explained why his projects are full of white people as Netflix’s Wednesday is accused of being 'racist'

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Tim Burton explained why his projects are full of white people as Netflix’s Wednesday is accused of being 'racist'

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Netflix's hit teen horror drama Wednesday has recently come under fire for claims of alleged racism in its casting.

Now, people are looking back to Tim Burton's previous explanation about why his cinematic projects tend to be full of white people.

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The director, 64, previously hit out at racism accusations after he was slammed for a lack of diversity in his 2016 film, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

Some of the criticism recently directed at Wednesday includes claims that its villainous characters are all people of colour.

One viewer slammed: "Don't get me wrong… I love Jenna Ortega and that she's playing Wednesday but one thing I hate about this show is that why did they make ALL the black people in this show terrible people?"

A second said they found the whole thing difficult to watch because of the alleged racism, writing: "Trying to badly to push pass the racist and anti-Black undertones in the Wednesday Addams Netflix show.

"Like whoever thought making the Black man as the owner of a pilgrim amusement park is literally going to HELL."

Wednesday has come under fire for its characterisation. Credit: Netflix
Wednesday has come under fire for its characterisation. Credit: Netflix

Burton earlier said of his alleged racist characterisation to Bustle that his projects 'either call for things, or they don't.'

The director elaborated: "I remember back when I was a child watching The Brady Bunch and they started to get all politically correct, like, OK, let's have an Asian child and a black - I used to get more offended by that than just - I grew up watching blaxploitation movies, right?

"And I said, that's great. I didn't go like, OK, there should be more white people in these movies."

When it came to Wednesday specifically, one of Burton's representatives dismissed a request for comment on the allegations, describing them as 'silly'.

Credit: Netflix
Credit: Netflix

The representative told The New York Post: "I'm not forwarding a comment request this silly to Tim."

However, while Burton has had his critics when it comes to the show, other viewers have argued that it goes some way in providing positive representation for people of colour.

One remarked to the critics: "Y'all shut up!

"The Black girl was also classified as the prettiest most popular girl in the school. A Black girl with NON Eurocentric features. A Black girl with a short cut. A non mixed girl. She's classified as the prettiest!!! They really did a thing."

Netflix declined to comment when UNILAD reached out for comment.

Topics: Film & TV, Film and TV

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