‘The Wiz’ Star Stephanie Mills Empathises With Halle Bailey Over Colour Controversy, Reveals “They Told Me I Was Too Dark”

‘I received a lot hate mail!’ The Wiz star Stephanie Mills compares Halle Bailey backlash to her personal ( Photograph Credit score – Bang Showbiz ; Instagram )

Stephanie Mills received “a lot hate mail” when she was forged in ‘The Wiz’.

The 66-year-old actress was 17 years previous when she was forged as Dorothy within the all-black retelling of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and recalled being informed that late display screen legend Judy Garland – who famously performed the function within the 1939 film – could be “delivering her grave” on the considered a black lady taking over her signature function and reached out to fellow actress Halle Bailey, following her star flip within the live-action remake of ‘The Little Mermaid’.

In a Fb publish, Stephanie Mills stated: “As a younger black lady enjoying the function as “Dorothy” in seven-time Tony Award-winning Broadway play “The Wiz”. I do know what this child #HalleBailey has been coping with. I received a lot hate mail, I used to be informed Judy Garland “is popping over in her grave”. All as a result of somewhat black lady was enjoying a job, that was as soon as performed by a white lady. It’s unhappy to see the identical factor is occurring to this stunning, proficient, good and clever actress. Halle, God put you on this place and time….So let your gentle shine. Maintain your head up excessive, stroll in your peace, and have a good time the greatness that you’re.”

Stephanie Mills went on to say that she was informed she would “by no means make it ” in present enterprise and concluded her publish by reminding Halle that she is “so proud” of her accomplishments.

Stephanie Mills stated: “They informed me I’d by no means make it on Broadway, they informed me I couldn’t sing, they informed me I used to be too darkish, I’ve watched and listened to “they” attempt to inform you why you shouldn’t and couldn’t. I’m so happy with you and the way you dealt with all of the naysayers. We now have by no means met, nevertheless I’ve been in your sneakers.”

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