Trevor Noah has gotten many of his countrypeople upset.
Recall that yesterday, Lupita Nyong’o shared her photo with the South African show host, revealing that she will be portraying his mother in his biopic, Born a Crime. Noah will be producing the project through his Ark Angel Productions, and he will be working alongside Norman Aladjem, Derek Van Pelt and Sanaz Yamin of Mainstay Entertainment.
Born a Crime tells the story of Noah in post-apartheid South Africa, the son of a white father and black mother, and his struggles fitting into a dysfunctional and religious community.
Shortly after the news of the biopic production surfaced, many people took to social media to share their thoughts on the new project. While many of Nyong’o’s fans are pleased with the news, some South Africans are not, and this is because they feel Trevor should have chosen one of their local actors to play that role.
See the reactions:
I am waiting for everyone to call for a boycott of this movie if doesn't have actual Xhosas playing Xhosa speaking characters.
Otherwise like I said before, y'all don't have backbones!!
— ZacIssaSavage (@Isaac_Moselane) February 22, 2018
Lupita is African and I am not mad at her playing Trevor's mother at all. That she's a producer on the project which is even greater news! She's an African telling an African story. Power to her. #BornACrime
— Montsho the Black (@MmabathoMontsho) February 22, 2018
I'm happy for Trevor Noah, but a bit disappointed that some of the main characters are to be portrayed but none South Africans? After Tsotsi and its success, our people should be believing more in local talent #BornACrime
— Kokwele M. Phillix (@Matome_Kay) February 22, 2018
— Philile. Ka-Majozi. (@_phillzM) February 22, 2018
Trevor 👏🏽 doesn’t 👏🏽 owe 👏🏽 SAns 👏🏽 anything 👏🏽
Chill y’all 🤔#BornACrime
— Lungile. 🌻 (@Lungie_x) February 22, 2018
Trevor Noah had yet to react to the outrage as at press time.