Will Smith stars in the big-budget Netflix movie which launched on December 13.
Chance The Rapper has taken to Twitter to start a discussion about the portrayal of race in new Netflix movie Bright.
Directed by Suicide Squad‘s David Ayer and written by Chronicle‘s Max Landis, Bright is reportedly the most expensive Netflix movie yet. It takes place in a world whether mystical creatures live side by side with humans, and follows a human cop (Smith) who teams up with an orc on a mission to recover a deadly weapon.
On Twitter, Chance expressed reservations over a scene in which an orc is lynched, which he interpreted as a thinly-veiled and “shallow” metaphor for racism.
“I always feel a lil cheated when I see allegorical racism in movies cause that racism usually stems from human emotion or tolerance but not by law or systems the way it is in real life,” Chance explained. “The characters in #Bright live in a timeline where racism is gone… cause we hate ork now.”
Asked by a fan if he thinks he could have misinterpreted the scene as a metaphor for racism, Chance replied: “I tried to look at it that way but a few minutes into the movie they make wills character say “Fairy Lives don’t Matter.”
Alongside Will Smith, the film stars Joel Kinnaman, Naomi Rapace and Lucy Fry. It reportedly cost Netflix $90m (£67.5m) to make.