HBO Max’s “Ana Bolena” sparked controversy for featuring a “black queen”

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The new historical miniseries that tells the life of Queen consort Anne Boleyn, who was the wife of the King of England Henry VIII. The ambitious production premiered a few hours ago on HBO Max Spain and, after revealing the official poster on social networks, criticism rained down because the person in charge of giving life to the member of British royalty is Jodie Turner-Smith, an actress of color.

From the 16th century, when Anne Boleyn lived, until today, there is a notable difference around the racial issue that for years harmed people of color. However, it seems that some Internet users continue to have problems regarding the issue, especially with the representation of some characters in audiovisual projects, as was criticized at the time Halle Bailey for interpreting “Ariel” at live action from The little Mermaid.

Now, Twitter is full of criticism about the protagonist who was chosen to give life to the controversial queen of England. It all came after HBO Max revealed the official poster where Jodie Turner-Smith appeared as Anne Boleyn. Instantly, the tweeters complained because they considered that the British actress does not meet the physical characteristics that the royal would have had.

The controversial series is now available on HBO Max Spain and has not yet been released in Mexico. Photos: HBO Max
The controversial series is now available on HBO Max Spain and has not yet been released in Mexico. Photos: HBO Max

Criticisms of the miniseries started from two sides, on the one hand it stood out that the skin color did not correspond to that of Ana Bolena in real life; on the other, there were those who went to historical events to highlight that choosing a black-skinned actress did not agree because during the reign of Henry VIII, slavery existed.

The point of depicting Anne Boleyn as an empowered, black queen at the time the triangular African slave trading system was started by European colonialism it’s a little [emoji con cierre en la boca]”Wrote a user of the platform.

However, more users jumped at the injustice that many were doing against the 35-year-old actress and, through their tweets, they sent their support. While some highlighted the level of performance that Jodie had in the historical series, others put aside her skin color to ask that the production houses turn to see the history of African American communities and invest in products based on them.

Historical paintings of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn (Wikipedia)
Historical paintings of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn (Wikipedia)

“Instead of putting actors of other races to play roles in stories that are still Western, ¿It would not be more inclusive to make series and films about history, mythology or literature from other continents? ”Pointed out another tweeter.

Among the thousands of tweets that were generated on the platform on the subject, those where they talked about the version that resumed the production originally written by Eve Hedderwick Turner. Thus, other Twitter users talked about the representation of Ana Bolena in the chapters.

“Wait, Ana Bolena is not only black but also ´lesbian.” Luckily, I was already overwhelmed with being straight, “tweeted a user about some scenes where Jodie Turner-Smith appeared kissing another actress from the cast of Anne Boleyn.

(Capture: @ anaPdSR / Twitter)
(Capture: @ anaPdSR / Twitter)

Being a character that belonged to British royalty, over the years the life of Ana Bolena has been taken up in different audiovisual productions, but this time she caused a stir in networks due to an apparently racial issue.

A few months ago, some National Archives of the United Kingdom containing different resolutions supposedly taken for the dynasty of the Tudor, in which a passage is related where Enrique VIII ordered the execution of his second wife Ana Bolena.

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HBO Max’s “Ana Bolena” sparked controversy for featuring a “black queen”