Tim Burton’s entire ethos revolves around the director construing a reality that is not defined by the rules and sanctioned limitations of humanity and its imagined potential. One of the beauties of modern technology and cinematic evolution is that Burton can actually make his visions come true — on film. The curriculum vitae of Alice in Wonderland director is filled with works that are as visually enigmatic and enchanting as the aforementioned Mia Wasikowska movie.
Dotted with projects that are haunting and yet without the unnecessary jump scares, a Tim Burton classic is defined by its lasting after-effects that serve to educate almost as much as entertain the audience.
Director Tim Burton Faces Public Allegations of Racism
Since the cinematic premiere of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Tim Burton has become a subject of the controversial debate about whitewashing characters to better fit his stories. Whether true or not remains a matter of discussion and subjective opinion of the masses given the director’s refusal to comment on the matter in direct terms.
Interviews held over the years with Burton often found him going off on tangents that don’t explicitly state his stance about why his gothic characters appear on television and films only if they have alabaster skin. Fans have accused Tim Burton of finding Black characters to not seemingly fit the profile of his gothic protagonists and are hence instead pitted against them as the villain of the story.
Ohhh! I forgot! Wednesday is directed by Tim Burton! He’s admitted to believing black people don’t “fit his vision” or some shit. He’s known for making evil or unlikable characters black. He is admittedly racist. That explains a lot!
— Honey Ma (@TheHoneyMa) November 27, 2022
Right. It’s not lost on me that he has a deep feel for pale skin and deep brown eyes.
— Monique🙅🏾♀️ (@Neatnique) November 27, 2022
Nah, he specifically doesn't think Black Goths exist, so Black people aren't allowed in his films.
— Fig. 1a: Unfriendly Black Hottie (@ciracdavis) November 27, 2022
It’s gotta be hard to simply enjoy things without making everything a political statement 🙄 everythingggggg isn’t intentional. Our community doesn’t NEED Burton. We choose to entertain ourselves w it. But we dnt NEED him to thrive. Just watch it or dnt… pic.twitter.com/kpWvDH57ik
— SαvαnnαXO (@SHETheCreatoR) November 28, 2022
Hes the director not the creator or writer.
— Carlton Jordan (@CarltonJordan) November 27, 2022
While I do typically agree with this, i actually watched the whole season Bianca is a good person who was dealt a shitty hand in life and even helps in the fight against the colonisers. The Addams are Hispanic and Wednesday constantly calls out racism/discrimination.
— Lady Tasha 🥀 (@_videovixen_) November 27, 2022
While the debate still rages on, especially centering around the Netflix series Wednesday, people recall Tim Burton’s career and filmography that has delivered so many definitive cult classics, and while one faction finds their memories of those movies now tainted by these allegations, others continue to defend the director since most of his works are not his own creations but adaptations of pre-existent literature.
Tim Burton Sticks to the Mould With Netflix’s Wednesday
The Addams Family was one of the most original creations produced by cartoonist Charles Addams who illustrated over a thousand single panels in the classic gag format between 1938 and 1988, some of which found a home in The New Yorker cartoons. A satirical take on the ideal American suburban dream, the Addams family became an instant favorite for their fascination with the morbid and the macabre, and the characters themselves became synonymous with all things gothic and unusual.
Often considered the source of inspiration for the literary and fashion subgenre associated with goth, The Addams Family was not left among the pages of The New Yorker for long before being adapted into film, television, video games, musicals, and direct-to-streaming projects. One of the most recent ones happens to be the Tim Burton-directed Wednesday on Netflix which specifically focuses on the young girl of the infamous Addams family.
If fan allegations about the director in fact turn out to be true, it will be paradoxical to witness Tim Burton as the adopter of all the classically and morally ambiguous characters onto film and television while also impressing an image in popular culture as someone who only portrays unlikable personalities as Black characters. On the other hand, the debate also exists about horror being inclusive of all races and not simply a subject fit to be portrayed by eerily pale-skinned and dark-haired personalities.
Wednesday is now streaming on Netflix.