|re: THE INHERITANCE - Straight Actors in Gay Roles|
|Last Edit: keikekaze 03:50 pm EDT 10/06/19|
|Posted by: keikekaze 03:45 pm EDT 10/06/19|
|In reply to: THE INHERITANCE - Straight Actors in Gay Roles - StaunchKarakter 04:01 pm EDT 10/05/19|
|I find it most interesting that people below are taking a position on this question--basically, "let anyone play anything--it's called ACTING"--that they would very likely not be taking if the question here were one of race. Apparently, while it's not okay now for white people to play non-white people, it's perfectly okay for straight people to play gay people. Why is that? When is it called acting and when is it not called acting?
My own position, on both questions, is "let anyone play anything"--but someone playing a character of another race or sexual orientation in a serious and realistic play must be extremely careful to avoid stereotyping. It seems to me that the gay/straight dialectic is particularly fraught with pitfalls in that regard, and that straight actors playing gay roles may very easily hit wrong notes that they can't hear--but that gay people in the audience can.
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