There really aren’t a whole lot of people getting angry over this. Twitter simply acts as megaphone for fringe opinions. Remember that article from months ago about how “Progressives” only make up 8% of the US population? You wouldn’t think so by what goes on on social media.
The people getting angry about Ariel being black are mostly right-wing NPCs who have no idea why they are angry other than they’ve seen people they follow getting angry, so they assume this is the correct response. Most of the actual (white) racists are thrilled by this because they can use it to further their “white genocide” narrative.
I think more people are perturbed than feel comfortable admitting for fear of that sentiment being misconstrued as racism. We all know this wasn’t a colorblind casting. The actress is being used as a token to pander to woke crowds that are just going to find something else to complain about anyway. Where are the trans characters? Why can’t Ariel be a Muslim? Why are they a casting a human instead of a furry? I think you get my point.
Also, look at the current social climate. We’re in the middle of a culture war, social media is seeped in diversity-is-about-erasing-white-people clickbait, and this comes on the heels of Pride Month, so people are pretty disgusted with fake corporate wokeness anyway.
People are arguing about whether this could be a hoax, but the thought never even crossed my mind, because that would go against EVERYTHING Nawaz stands for, and I am fully convinced he is a man of integrity.
That being said, it’s premature to conclude that the attack was racially motivated. Nawaz is a public figure. He’s managed to piss off plenty of people with his views on Brexit — both Brexiters and the Remoaners. Maybe some asshole doesn’t like his show, or perhaps it was just personal.
The point is, simply calling somebody a name while you attack them isn’t enough to reveal your intent. Even someone who is racist is capable of committing crimes for non-collectivist reasons.
People need to back the hell off and let the cops do their jobs.