Radical leftist racial hysteria has reached new heights.
Yesterday, an enraged Internet activist launched a Change.org petition calling out retailer Target for daring to use a white child to model their clothing line associated with the 2014 adaptation of the film Annie, whose lead character is now played by a black actress.
Delaware resident L’Sean Rinique Shelton asked the retail giant to “Remove the Current in-store Annie Ads, and issue an apology to Ms. Quvenzhané Wallis,” the actress who plays Annie in the latest revamp released nearly two weeks ago.
“In the current stench of racism and division amongst Americans, why would Target singlehandedly disrespect Quvenzhané Wallis and add more pain to injury as it relates to race relations?” Shelton’s petition reads.
Shelton claims Target “maliciously hid Quvenzhané Wallis or refused to use an African American girl to depict Annie in their ads” when the store used white female models to advertise a $29.99 dress.
“Why do you feel that we are not enough to portray our beautiful images on your advertisements?” Shelton asks. “If it is a multi-cultural issue, surely you could use her co-stars on some ads and Quvenzhané Wallis or another African American girl on others.”
Evidently unbeknownst to the author of the petition is the fact that Target indeed used both black and white girls in their Annie campaign.
“…Target told FOX411 in a statement that at least one African-American model was featured in their ‘ Annie’ campaign,” reported Fox News.
“Girls from a variety of backgrounds were featured within the campaign, reflecting that anyone can embody the spirit and character of Annie,” a Target representative told Fox, attaching a photo to illustrate one such ad.
Another ad on the Target website also shows a young black female modeling the Annie line.
And a video advertising the clothing line also showed females of three different races modeling various outfits [see below].
Additionally, a statement released by Target revealed that Wallis had indeed been approached about appearing in the store’s ads.
“As for the involvement of Quvenzhane Wallis, we had conversations with her team about being in the campaign, but ultimately it did not come to fruition,” Target’s statement read. “Fortunately, we had the pleasure of working with Ms. Wallis a number of times, including appearances at Target’s sales meeting in September and a launch event in New York City in November. We had a great experience working with Ms. Wallis and appreciate her efforts in promoting this collection.”
The company’s reasonable explanation, however, didn’t suffice for Shelton, apparently still under the impression that a black model had not been used.
“I appreciate the time taken to respond; however, if they feel that “anyone” could embody the spirit of Annie….where is our face?,” Shelton said to Target’s response. “We figured that Ms. Quvenzhane could not model for the line; however a reasonable facsimile of Ms. Wallis would have been nice!”
A commenter to the Change petition expressed he felt the entire issue was being blown out of proportion.
“This entire discussion is beyond stupidity. This is why people will always want to have something to be angry or hurt over. Drink some water, walk it off, suck it up and get over yourself. Target should not apologize for anything,” the commenter stated.
“Annie” first appeared in a poem written in 1885. That character inspired a comic strip series entitled, “Little Orphan Annie,” which ran from the turn of the century well into the sixties, also inspiring a broadway musical, which popularized the songs, “Tomorrow,” and “It’s a Hard Knock Life.” In 1982, a comedy-musical film version of Annie was produced, which was again remade by Disney in 1999, featuring actress Kathy Bateman.