MewToo: I’m a cat, get over it, says star in film ‘whitewash’ row

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MewToo: I’m a cat, get over it, says star in film ‘whitewash’ row

Skin colour ‘doesn't matter when you're playing a cat’, insists ballerina whose white furry face made Twitter spit

Verity Bowman

A British mixed-race ballerina has defended the Cats film amid claims it “whitewashed” her, saying skin colour doesn’t matter when you’re playing a cat.

Principal ballerina Francesca Hayward, who plays Victoria the White in the Andrew Lloyd Webber adaption, sparked debate after a trailer was released depicting her with a face of white fur.

Fans took to Twitter to express concern and accuse the film of hiding the 27-year-old’s natural skin colour...

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