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Actor Shemar Moore: All Black Casts in Films Might ‘Alienate’ Audiences

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Shemar Moore recently sat down with Shadow and Act to discuss meeting the fundraising goal for his film The Bounce Back. Moore shemare mooresays his movie will be similar to Tyler Perry’s Diary of a Mad Black Woman since people “never get enough of falling in love and believing in love.”

Moore also shared his thoughts on why a diverse cast was a good marketing decision for him:

“If every character in the movie is black, it’s going to be looked at as a black movie and that might alienate other people from going to see it. But we’re very sensitive to representing all demographics and it’s going to be a very mixed cast. Whoever fits the bill and can bring the noise.”

Although, from a business point of view,  one can understand why Moore chose a diverse cast, he didn’t address why all white casts don’t put moviegoers off in the same way as all black casts.  Could it have something to do with the empathy factor?

An article in Slate reached the conclusion that a lack of empathy for other races is the reason for racial disparities in the U.S.:

For many people, race does matter, even if they don’t know it. They feel more empathy when they see white skin pierced than black. This is known as the racial empathy gap.

First, there is an underlying belief that there is a single black experience of the world. Because this belief assumes blacks are already hardened by racism, people believe black people are less sensitive to pain. Because they are believed to be less sensitive to pain, black people are forced to endure more pain.

America’s empathy gap may help explain why Moore decided against an all black cast.

What do you think? Should Moore even care, considering that white filmmakers don’t consider how black moviegoers will react when they cast all white leads and supporting actors? Or is Moore doing the right thing by banking on a diverse cast?