Who knows what was going on in her head - the fact that she decided to audition for the role is entirely baffling, when the ethos of the show is so clearly opposed to her beliefs.
If she hadn't made those beliefs clear to cast mates in the past it wouldn't have been an issue. If she'd responded to the situation by telling the people at the Curve that her beliefs had evolved and changed then I suspect there also wouldn't be an issue and we'd be reading a quite different story.
How disappointing (but predictable) that religion is used as a reason to justify the beliefs of the writer. On the positive side, the Bake off contestant actually points to his religion as one of the reasons he felt able to come out and challenge stereotypes:
"When you look at Sikhism, and what the religion teaches, it teaches equality, and it's supposed to be religion as welcoming and accepting of all people, regardless of who they are."
Is anyone really asking anyone to accept homosexuality though? I think it’s going to be two or three generations in the future before race, sexual orientation and gender identity will no longer be a thing in our culture, even longer in some other cultures, if ever. But I’m not bothered if people don’t like me or gay people in general, if they can’t get past whatever it is in their heads that’s causing a problem then so be it. Just don’t break the law in how you interact with me and don’t seek employment in an industry full of people you have a fundamental and deep seated problem with. Just as you wouldn’t expect a deeply committed racist to seek out a church congregation of black people. The idea of it is preposterous.
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A bit confused...is this the original thread which discussed Seyi’s historical twitter comments that led to her leaving the role in the lacklustre Color Purple or a new thread that discusses Seyi’s historical twitter comments that led to her leaving the role in the lacklustre Color Purple?
I cannot see how she can win this case, she was sacked from an all black cast so cannot play any "race card". Lots of people may have religious beliefs which may not agree with same sex relationships but they are able to moderate these views to be accepting of a totally legal action.
No one will touch her with a barge pole now. Imagine her auditioning for roles if there was an LGBT director or casting director etc, they will soon say no thanks. LGBT performers will likely not want to work with her either and I'd figure there is a hell of a lot more of them than religious bigots in the industry.
Reading through this article makes it seem like she posted one little misjudged tweet - when from what has been posted online is in reality is much more than this. I think people are becoming aware now your past online self will be used to judge you.
Can't imagine what she really thought about taking on such a well known LGBTQ+ character and working in such a, for want of better word, 'gay' working environment. The arts have always traditionally been a refuge for more marginal people. Will be keeping a close eye on what happened next!
I'm completely out of touch; is it not acceptable to say homosexuality is "not right"?
It's interesting for me, I'd say pretty well half the people I work with in multicultural south London would share than view - mostly African Christians and south Asian Muslims, and/or the second generations thereof.
" is it not acceptable to say homosexuality is "not right"?"
Might it depend on whom you say it to and in what context?
Free speech doesn't mean you can say anything to anyone at any time, or that would make it OK for her to fix up a loudspeaker in my house and broadcast her views to me 24/7.
I disagree strongly with what she said. But we are supposed to have freedom of speech in this country. For me, it’s a case of “I don’t agree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”
And if the contract didn’t cover this situation (though surely that would be unusual these days), she’s entitled to bring a case, regardless of what you think of her personally.
Frankly, I’m baffled there are so many theatre lovers out there so readily embracing thoughtcrime. Are these people now going to hound every person who doesn’t meet their woke standards out of a job? Because they’re going to be very busy!
When I saw the comments she made, I initially didn’t hate her straight away. Of course what she said was awful but she is very talented and these comments were from years ago when she was young and probably indoctrinated with her views. However, her choice to refuse to retract these statements (which cost her the job and her career) and show that she does support the LGBT community is what makes me dislike her. If she no longer agreed with these views and had shown she has her own mind now then that’s fair enough but she obviously still stands by them. Agree it’s so so hypocritical and vile