Seth Rogan, Evan Goldberg Getting Blowback for Child Actor in Blackface on New Film Set

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg attend the premiere of AMC’s ‘Preacher’ Season 3 on June 14, 2018, in Los Angeles.
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What in the entire good God tarnation entire fifth ring of hell was somebody thinking when they put a child in blackface on a recent movie set?

TMZ reports that someone on the set of the R-rated film, Good Boys, produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, used makeup to darken up the skin of a child actor’s stand-in for “lighting purposes.”


The outlet says that child actor Keith L. Williams’ stand-in was on set last week in Vancouver wearing dark-brown makeup on his face, an afro wig on his head and a fat suit on his body to look more like the 11-year-old actor.

Sure, the stand-in was another (lighter-skinned) black child, but it’s still no bueno.

Sources tell TMZ that at least one person on set was not feeling that bullshit and filed a grievance with the studio.

Actor Common wasn’t a fan either, saying that blackface was “never OK,” and in fact, he “ain’t with it.” Ever. “I don’t think that’s ever appropriate, to be honest,” the rapper-turned-actor said.


The Oscar winner suggested that if the complexions don’t match, they need “to just leave it alone.


“Or pick a stand-in that’s the same complexion as the actor,” he added, “if it’s that serious where with the lighting you have to match the exact same complexion.

“Come on it’s 2018, when was [blackface] ever acceptable? I ain’t with it.”

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Angela Helm

Ms. Bronner Helm is a Contributing Editor at The Root. Mouthy Black Girl. Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow. Shea Butter Feminist. Virgo Sun, Aries Moon.