Neil Gaiman Stands Up To Critics After Casting Black And Non-Binary Artists In Netflix Sandman Edit
Sandman creator Neil Gaiman has defended his casting of black and non-binary artists in the upcoming Netflix production of the comic book series.
Gaiman, 60, took to Twitter on Friday amid criticism from fans angry over the castings of Kirby Howell-Baptiste and Mason Alexander as Death and Desire, respectively. In the comic, Death appears to be a white character while Desire is non-binary.
One fan wrote to the UK resident: ‘Why sold out? Just stay at work or don’t you have the bowels?’ adding that it looked like he “didn’t care about the job.”
The latest: Sandman creator Neil Gaiman, 60, has defended his cast of black and non-binary artists in the upcoming Netflix production of the comic book series.
Defending his artistic integrity, the English author replied, “I give all the f***s about the work” and that he “has successfully fought Sandman’s bad movies for 30 years.”
He added: ‘I give zero f***s on people who don’t understand/have read Sandman whining about a non-binary desire or that death isn’t white enough. Watch the show, make up your own mind.’
Another criticized Kirby Howell-Baptiste’s casting, saying that “this casting smacks of ticking a box” and that “Blackening death to blacken her is beyond contemptuous”.
Gaiman said Howell-Baptiste’s personality, which encompassed the character, was why she got the tole.
Kirby Howell-Baptiste to Play the Character of Death in the Netlix Production
Mason Alexander, who is non-binary, portrays Desire in the production
The ability to give us the great personality was important,” he said. “The skin color of the actresses who auditioned for the part was not.”
He added that “hundreds of talented women from all over the world auditioned, and they were brilliant, and none of them were right.
‘Someone who on the one hand can tell the truth to Dream, but on the other hand can also be the person you would like to meet when your life was over. And then we saw Kirby Howell-Baptiste (she/her) audition and we knew we had our Death.’
The author took to Twitter to defend his art and the casting decisions