Friday, March 26, 2021

Can minorities be accused of cultural appropriation?

Minnesota theater cancels production of Cinderella because the cast is 'too white'

  • Chanhassen Dinner Theatres was scheduled to stage a production of Cinderella later this year
  • However, the show was scrapped when its artistic director noted that the cast was overwhelmingly white 
  • Chanhassen Dinner Theatres has recently hired a diversity consultant and instituted new 'Diversity, Equity and Inclusion' protocols 
  • A production of Footloose, which will feature a more racially diverse cast, is now being planned for 2022 instead  

"The most popular version of Cinderella was written by Charles Perrault in his "Histoires ou contes du temps passé" in 1697. The original or first Cinderella story is thought to be "Rhodopis," which is an Egyptian tale recorded by Strabo, a Greek historian in the first century."

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