Candace Owens Wades Into Debate Over Jodie Turner-Smith Playing Anne Boleyn

Candace Owens has waded into the debate over whether Jodie Turner-Smith was the correct choice to portray Anne Boleyn in a new miniseries.

On Tuesday night, actress Turner-Smith was seen on U.K. screens in the first of three episodes of Channel 5's Anne Boleyn, which follows the second wife of England's King Henry VIII in the months leading up to her 1536 execution.

And as debate raged on as to whether a Black actress should be portraying the white historical figure, conservative commentator Owens stepped in share her take.

She stated on Twitter: "I'm actually totally fine with Jodie Turner playing the role of Anne Boleyn so long as the radical left promises to keep their mouth shut if in the future Henry Caville is selected to play Barack Obama and Rachel McAdams can play Michelle. Not double standards- K?"

Owens was responding to a post by Twitter user @BellaWallerstei, who shared an image of Anne Boleyn, along with the caption: "On this day in 1533 Anne Boleyn was crowned Queen of England. For the benefit of Channel 5 researchers this is what Anne Boleyn looked like."

Agreeing with Owens, @M0dThe responded: "I say we stop conceding to the insanity and let people who best represent historical figures be played by actors who best resemble them."

Adopting the same approach to Owen's argument, @Crayon78848049 added: "I agree. No problem with this as long as it is okay if they decide to have a Caucasian play Rosa Parks."

I’m actually totally fine with Jodie Turner playing the role of Anne Boleyn so long as the radical left promises to keep their mouth shut if in the future Henry Caville is selected to play Barack Obama and Rachel McAdams can play Michelle.

Not double standards- K? https://t.co/t1flg1az1w

— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) June 1, 2021

However, U.K.-based Femi Oluwole was among an army of viewers who held an opposing view.

Oluwole stated on the micro-blogging platform: "The people raging about Jodie Turner-Smith playing #AnneBoleyn seem to think scripts of historical dramas must be 100% historically accurate.

"I hope nobody tells them about The Crown, Troy, Gladiator, Pearl Harbour, Django... GEEZ The Flintstones will give them a f**** stroke!"

@sabrinajaine said: "If you're in a tizz about a black woman playing Anne, remember: 1. It's not a documentary2. It's colour-blind casting 3. If she's a great actress who can portray the character well then what's the problem?"

Meanwhile, @LaurarachelM tweeted: "If Jodie Turner-Smith cannot play Anne Boleyn because of her skin colour then Jesus can never again be played by a white man."

Elsewhere on Tuesday night, the Tudor drama caused a stir when Turner-Smith's Anne Boleyn was seen sharing a kiss with love rival Jane Seymour (Lola Petticrew), and engaging in racy sex scenes with Henry VIII (Mark Stanley).

While Jane Seymour would go on to succeed Anne Boleyn as the next of Henry VIII's eventual six wives, it has not been documented that the love rivals were in any way romantically involved with one another.

In an interview with the Radio Times last month, Turner-Smith reflected on her historic casting, saying: "It's much more approachable and appealing to a contemporary audience when you cast this way because we are distilling this down to a human experience.

"If you ask anyone to watch a film or to observe any art, you are asking them to suspend their beliefs.

"I am aware it's going to be a stretch for some people because they will feel too distracted by that, but I think for a lot of other people who are finally ready to see the world in a different way, they're going to see that this is a human story we are telling, and a fascinating one at that."

Newsweek has contacted a representative for Jodie Turner-Smith for comment.

Jodie Turner-Smith and Candace Owens
(L-R) Jodie Turner-Smith and Candace Owens. Owens has waded into the debate over whether Turner-Smith should have been cast as English queen Anne Boleyn in the new three-part British drama of the same name. Karwai Tang / Moses Robinson/WireImage / Getty Images for Revolt