Harold Perrineau wrote an essay on Friday defending his daughter Aurora, who stars in the new movie ‘Jem and the Holograms,’ against haters in social media who’ve argued she’s “not black enough” to portray an African-American character from the animated series of which the film is based.
Perrineau, 52, is best known for his roles on ‘Lost and Zero Dark Thirty’ put pen to paper for The Wrap. In it, the actor said, “The reason I’m so angry right now (and I’m sure that many people will be able to understand this) is that I feel like my daughter is being attacked. She is being harshly and unfairly judged during a time when she should be relishing her accomplishments.”
He went on to say that Aurora “worked extremely hard” on ‘Jem and the Holograms,’ but is now becoming “the target of a lot of people’s anger.” Perrineau further called out those on social media who have been complaining that the half-white, half-black Aurora is “not qualified” to play a fully black character.
Through his essay, Perrineau said he hopes to “reach the folks writing these articles and pointing fingers at young artists like my daughter and get them to use all of that creative fire and create characters that look, sound and feel like yourselves.” He explained, “We live in an incredibly creative time, where it may not be necessary to have big money and power to have your voices heard. Why not use your power there? Why not put out images you want to see for the reasons you feel are important.”