Hollywood actress Dakota Fanning finally has broken silence over her controversial role in upcoming film Sweetness In My Belly.
After the first look of the film came out in which Dakota Fanning is shown as a white Muslim woman orphaned in Ethiopia, it stirred a lot of controversies.
People started calling out the young American actress and Hollywood for racially insensitive casting for this role.
However, the actress took to her Instagram to clarify the controversy and why she accepted the role of the Muslim woman.
She wrote in her long message on Instagram,
“Just to clarify. In the new film, I’m a part of, Sweetness in the Belly, I do not play an Ethiopian woman,” Fanning wrote. “I play a British woman abandoned by her parents at seven years old in Africa and raised by a Muslim.”
“My character, Lilly, journeys to Ethiopia and is caught up in the breakout of the Civil War. She is subsequently sent “home” to England, a place she is from but has never known,” says the Hollywood actress.
She further added,
“Based on a book by Camilla Gibb, this film was partly made in Ethiopia, is directed by an Ethiopian man [Zeresenay Berhane Mehari] and features many Ethiopian women. It was a great privilege to be part of telling this story.”
Social media enthusiasts took a dig at the 25-year-old American actress for this role and started bashing her through their tweets:
Not at all well received …