So the first trailer for David Ayer’s film ‘The Tax Collector‘ was released a few days ago, and Twitter got all upset about it because they felt like Shia LaBeouf was doing brown face.
In the movie, LaBeouf plays a hardened organized crime boss responsible for collecting “taxes” from gangs throughout Los Angeles.
Shortly after the trailer was released, many critics took to Twitter to debate if LaBeouf, who is the only white actor on the main cast, is doing a form of brownface by appearing as a Hispanic gangster.
Several people went on Twitter to complain about the movie, even though they haven’t actually watched it.
It’s so sad we don’t have enough Chicano actors who were in the gang life for roles like this. Thank God for that little white boy stepping in and saving the day.
Another person wrote, “Shia Labouf in a new movie and I’m really hoping he’s not playing brownface.”
The controversy, which seems to be solely based on Shia’s dialect in the trailer, got the attention of Ayer (the director) and he responded to the claims.
Really important answer – Shia is playing a whiteboy who grew up in the hood. This is a Jewish dude playing a white character. Also the only white dude in the movie 💁♂️ https://t.co/PS6foJwQXV— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) July 1, 2020
You just told them. It ain’t a cop movie. And Shia is playing something very specific. Not brown face. https://t.co/MZMugrPu9r— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) July 2, 2020
Ayer also added that he grew up in similar environment as Shia’s character in the movie.
I grew up hood and I’m a whiteboy. Chicano culture is inclusive – I’ve seen whiteys, Asians, Blacks, Filipinos all putting in work for the hood. It’s part of street culture.
The Tax Collector is expected to be released inside select theaters on August 7. It’ll also be released on demand.