Mike Epps Is Cast As Black Uncle Buck And The Internet Is Offended

John Candy's classic role to be reprised: ready for a black Uncle Buck?

Mike Epps has been cast as Uncle Buck in the new ABC series based on the 1989 John Candy comedy, and the viewing audience couldn’t be more appalled. The reasons given are littered with “I’m not racist, but…” explanations, and many of them boil down to, “We don’t want a black Uncle Buck.”

The opposition to an all-black Uncle Buck series has been apparent since it was announced. Breitbart opened with an announcement that John Candy and John Hughes’ families hated the idea, and the internet piled on.

Apparently a lot of people think that good-hearted screw-up characters who always come through for you in the end are uniquely white, and that to cast a black actor in the role would be to rob white heritage somehow.

With the announcement of the cast, though, starring Nia Long and Mike Epps, the outrage began anew. “Where have all the white men gone? No wonder Broadcast tv is dying,” opines one commenter on The Hollywood Reporter‘s story.

Of course, there’s no shortage of people explaining that it has nothing to do with race, just an exhaustion with remakes.

As far as race goes, apparently some of the would-be viewing audience is only concerned that a black Uncle Buck might be racist and offensive, and they’d like to prevent that from happening.

There were, as you may remember, similar responses to the Karate Kid remake starring Jayden Smith, and the Annie remake starring Quvenzhané Wallis.

Is there a legitimate cause for upset in the light of a beloved character being recast in a different skin tone? A sense of betrayal at a character being portrayed ‘incorrectly?’

That might be an arguable case — if it wasn’t for movies like The Hunger Games, which you may recall angered many moviegoers by casting a black actress for the role of Rue — who was described in the books as having ‘dark brown skin and eyes.’

As for Mike Epps, he’s tweeted that he is ‘blessed for the opportunity.’ How do you feel about a black Uncle Buck?

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