Wednesday, March 30, 2016

"Hamilton" Broadway Hottest Show where White Performers Need Not Apply

But as the blockbuster musical looks to expand to other cities, the casting notice with its call for “non-white” performers looks problematic to civil rights attorney Randolph McLaughlin.
“What if they put an ad out that said, ‘Whites only need apply?’” said McLaughlin, of the Newman Ferrara Law Firm. “Why, African-Americans, Latinos, Asians would be outraged.”
McLaughlin believes the ad violates the New York City Human Rights Law, which makes it unlawful “for an employer… because of the actual written or perceived… race of any person, to discriminate.”
“You cannot advertise showing that you have a preference for one racial group over another,” McLaughlin said. “As an artistic question – sure, he can cast whomever he wants to cast, but he has to give every actor eligible for the role an opportunity to try.”

14 comments:

edutcher said...

No Irish Need Apply writ large.

PS Think you mean "where", not "were", Lem

Dust Bunny Queen said...

In addition to being probably illegal, the casting of a NON white play about the founding fathers is really moronic.

It would be like casting Roots with nothing but Germans and Irish playing the parts of Kunta Kinte and all the slaves. No blacks need apply. Duh.

When is this cultural stupidity going to end? /facepalm

edutcher said...

When we get a real American as President?

virgil xenophon said...

Sorry, DBQ. Pandoras PC box has already been opened long ago. No going back, i.e., unfortunately ABSOLUTELY NO END in sight..

edutcher said...

Depends on who gets to be President IYKWIM.

William said...

Jefferson used to be one of the founders of the Democratic Party. Further research has shown that his opponent Hamlton was actually the real true founder of the Democratic Party. Ditto with Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt, who many ignorant people believe were Republicans.......Although Hamilton was not technically black, he had red hair, came from the West Indies, and was born on the wrong side of the sheets, so that's close enough to make him black.

Lem said...

Thanks Ed.

ricpic said...

"Hamilton' viscerally sickens me, grafting vibrant diversity on our founders.


Methadras said...

It's funny when non-whites put their racism on display, no one really bats an eye.

Steg said...

Can they not do this because cultural appropriation?

It makes me feel inadequate, and, like, literally keeps me from achieving my dreams... man.

ampersand said...

Is there an Aaron Burrhead in the cast?

ampersand said...

Well to be fair, when Hollywood made a movie about the black woman who hit a homeless white guy with her car and left him to die, they cast a white actress to play her.

Also Frankie and Johnny was in reality a black hooker who shot and killed her cheating
teenage black pimp,played onscreen by Donna Douglas and Elvis.

edutcher said...

Originally, it was Frankie and Albert, so a lot of changes for poetic license were made.

Methadras said...

Or when a movie is made where two black men play two college aged white women, it's called comedy, not racist transgendered white face.