Dakota Fanning Speaks Out After Facing ‘Whitewashing’ Backlash Over ‘Sweetness In The Belly’ Role

Dakota Fanning has issued a statement after facing criticism about her role in the upcoming movie “Sweetness in the Belly”.

Social media users suggested the role in the flick — a child refugee abandoned in Africa by her parents and raised as a Muslim — should have been played by a woman of colour.

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Fanning then posted on her Instagram Stories: “Just to clarify. In the new film I’m part of, ‘Sweetness in the Belly’, I do not play an Ethiopian woman.

“I play a British woman abandoned by her parents at seven years old in Africa and raised Muslim.

“My character, Lilly, journeys to Ethiopia and is caught up in the breakout of civil war. She is subsequently sent ‘home’ to England, a place she is from but has never known.”

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See her full statement below.

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“Sweetness in the Belly” is set to premiere at this year’s TIFF.

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