Canadian actress Chattrisse Dolabaille has been selected to play rapper producer Missy Elliott in the Lifetime biopic on the late singer Aaliyah‘s life. The Internet melted down when a similarly hued actress, Zendaya Coleman, was chosen to play Aaliyah. Coleman, who is mixed, backed out of the project when the pressure became too much to bare.
Strangely, there has been no reaction to the selection of Dolabaille to play Missy, who is 100% black. Were we right to protest the choice of Coleman to play Aaliyah while ignoring the physical dissimilarities between Missy and Dolabaille?