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re: Lots of theatre people land GG nominations
Posted by: Michael_Portantiere 12:03 am EST 12/08/18
In reply to: re: Lots of theatre people land GG nominations - Singapore/Fling 06:59 pm EST 12/07/18

"The outcry against Erivo being cast as Harriet had no effect on her playing the role, which she is *currently filming*. If the box office suffers, you may be able to make a case, but right now her career is going great - and the graceful way that she responded to three criticism is a textbook example of how one can listen to, disagree with, and be respectful of their critics without blaming or shaming them."

She did retain the role of Harriet Tubman despite the controversy, but I think some of the objections to her casting arose because of her GREAT COMET commentary in particular and her reactionary, tone-deaf form of social activism in general. So I think her career has already begun to suffer in that some producers, directors, etc. in future may consider her too controversial and too toxic to cast, and I suspect that some potential audience members will indeed avoid seeing her in future projects despite her talent. And whether or not she responded in a "graceful" way to the criticism of her casting, "graceful" is not an accurate description of her GREAT COMET statements, which were all about blaming and shaming.
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