Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Whites can no longer play whites in a history film.

The producer claims it's to empower blacks. I say it's to thumb in the nose and to make a buck off of discontent. More fundamental change: A revival of segregation. On free speech grounds, the producer is entitled to his practice his art. What it does show is the fantastical thinking permeating the social engineering crowd.

'Hamilton' hiring practices under fire after casting call solicits non-white actors only 

'Hamilton' hiring practices under fire due to discrimination
NY Daily News
The hottest Broadway ticket in town is shooting down accusations its casting is racist.
“Hamilton” got some blowback Wednesday after releasing a cattle call for auditions with specific age and race requirements.
The trouble started with an open casting announcement on the blockbuster’s website.
“Hamilton” is “seeking NON-WHITE men and women, ages 20s to 30s, for Broadway and upcoming Tours,” the ad said.
The no-whites-need-apply requirement struck some as racist — not to mention illegal under the city’s human rights law.
But civil rights attorney Ron Kuby said it’s legit.  

Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos and Lin-Manuel Miranda in "Hamilton."

Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos and Lin-Manuel Miranda in "Hamilton."

“‘Hamilton’ is about having minority actors in the position of founding fathers,” said Kuby.
The advertisement might violate the city’s human rights law, he said — but not necessarily the Constitution, the document Hamilton helped create.
“It’s almost always illegal to advertise on the basis of race, but when you’re casting ... it can be a bona fide occupational requirement,” he said.
“Same issue on age. I don’t have to cast an elderly white guy if my (project) is about a young black man,” Kuby said.
But the all caps “NON-WHITE” drew criticism from Actors' Equity and other theater professionals. 
“The language ... is inconsistent with Equity’s policy,” spokeswoman Maria Somma.
“Hamilton” honchos said the “confusion” caused by the ad was regrettable.
“It is essential to the storytelling ... that the principal roles — which were written for non-white characters (excepting King George) — be performed by non-white actors,” the statement said.
A stagehand at the hip-hop history lesson said he was “surprised” by the ad.
“If it was the other way around, [Rev. Al] Sharpton would be down here in a frenzy,” he said.
An audition call for "non-whites" at "Hamilton" is raising eyebrows and hackles.ROBERT ALEXANDER/GETTY IMAGES

An audition call for "non-whites" at "Hamilton" is raising eyebrows and hackles.

But hopeful actress Abigail Whittington, 15, from North Carolina, said it was showbiz as usual.
“Auditions are often like that. I'm not saying it's right ... I definitely don't agree with (it), but that's kind of how it's always been,” she said, as she stood in line for “Hamilton” tickets.
Super-fan Tina Pepe, 57, of Armonk, N.Y., who’s already seen “Hamilton” twice, believes in author Lin-Manuel Miranda’s colorblind concept.
“In an effort to be inclusive to all races, (they) may be reaching out to non-whites,” she said.
Her son Daniel Pepe, 18, another aspiring thespian in line with her, said tough breaks are part of an actor’s life.
“People of color don’t have enough opportunities as it is in the business,” he said. “I, as a white male, have more of a chance to get something, to get a role. I'm totally fine with it.”
Theater professionals said casting calls should be as carefully crafted as “Hamilton” lyrics.
“It is advisable to take an affirmative approach, rather than an exclusionary one,” said Howard Sherman, interim director of the Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts. 

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