Disney Accused of Whitewashing Over ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Horse Philippe

Campaigners have called for the boycott of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast over its casting of a white horse to play the part of Belle’s trusty stead Philippe.

In the original animation, Philippe is a brown draft horse, whereas the latest live-action adaptation sees a white horse used instead, a decision that has seen thousands take to social media to air their disgust.

“This is Hollywood whitewashing at its very worst, on a par with Emma Stone in Aloha or Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell,” said one commentator. “No disrespect to the horse in question, but what chance do brown horses have when all their best roles are given to white counterparts?”

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