How about Titus and the character of Aaron, the moor. certainly the last few productions I have seen have featured an appropriate actor, but I'm sure it was not always thus. Wasn't anthony Quayle in blackface for the Olivier/Leigh production? And how's the language these days?
Olivier was in black make up for the Othello fim in about 1965 so the production you mention was before that I'd figure.
America is just... Noam Chomsky said ANTIFA is a gift to the far right because they justify the use of force. When a revolution turns violent, the more vicious often win (more vicious=right wing). He said you cannot blame black people from being angry, but the supporters have to be super disciplined about not using violence and being PEACEFUL. This video is Not F****** Around Coalition. A black militia group.
Post by shirleydevore on Feb 22, 2021 19:05:14 GMT
I’m against the idea of censoring.
Characters can behave and say things that are homophobic, racist etc
The issue maybe where a character is written as a stereotype. However, where does that stop? Look at the work of Marina Carr and the way she writes in an accent attributed to the traveller community in By the Bog of Cats but while not specified in the text but the audience would recognise the signifiers. Especially Irish audiences and perhaps UK audiences but that would be lost on American audiences.
Or look at how the revival of Carousel tanked because they were trying to impose 21st Century morals on a 19th century musical without changing or framing it.
The theme of domestic violence and the way people are in denial is not glamourising it, it’s a harsh reality of life. The director can block the scene and change the meaning of the ending for Julie without ever changing a word. Directors can move away from realism and allow actors pass judgement on the characters with an alienation affect.
Well if 3 per cent of the UK population is black that is NOT represented in UK adverts! It’s more like 50 per cent or more.
I agree times have changed and with BLM and social justice here there and everywhere BOM is past its sell by date.
Funny to some is now offensive to others. I get that.
Do we adapt? Change? Or is this all a passing trend?
This kind of attitude is exactly the problem.
Bringing this over from the Book of Mormon thread, for some non-argumentative discussion. musicalmarge - You say that "more than 50%" of the actors in adverts are black, whilst implying a grievance that this is over-representative of the UK population. When you say 'Black' are you taking Asian, mixed and other heritage into this statement? If so, I think this is quite a savage, offensive and hurtful statement. Also, Im interested in why you think a strong mixed representation is a bad thing in media as your comments suggest? For a lot of cultures currently represented, their inclusion in recent years has been the beginning of new opportunities for these actors and also the communities they represent, which previously had been ignored or not spoken for.
I don't know anything about adverts and I thing strong representation is a good thing. It brings up an interesting point though regarding proportionate representation.
For example, let's say a minority group makes up 5% of the population. You go to see a play with a cast of ten. One cast member is of that minority group. That makes ten percent of the cast. Some would say this looks like "tokenism" and that it isn't enough representation, when proportionately, it is double the percentage of the population.
All minority groups should be represented (I'm a member of a minority group myself), but at the same time I understand that my minority group will not be represented as plentifully as white or straight people for example, because... it's a minority, and I can't expect to see equal numbers of my minority everywhere because that's not statistically possible.
The Phantom of the Opera - the implication that all "physically different" people are psychotic serial killers, all Italians are fat egotists, all French people surrender easily (they buy a new chandelier after all, and do nothing to actually be certain the Phantom is gone, even after several murders, that is until a pretty white girl is kidnapped). Not very woke is it!