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re: NYTimes Injets Race Into Review -- and Omits Key Facts 
Posted by: Michael_Portantiere 10:56 pm EDT 04/20/21
In reply to: re: NYTimes Injets Race Into Review -- and Omits Key Facts  - Chromolume 10:12 pm EDT 04/20/21

"I don't see anything at all in the text of the show that says he's white."

Of course there's no direct reference in the text or the lyrics to him being white, but it's clear from the text and the lyrics that he is supposed to be a very specific type in terms of race, religion, cultural background, and economic status. If it's your opinion that this shouldn't matter at all in terms of the race of the actor (male or female?) hired to play the role, of course you are entitled to that opinion, but you are being disingenuous if you keep trying to insist that the character wasn't envisioned as a very specific type in several respects.

"This brings us back to issues of blackface, stemming from the minstrel show era and beyond - and you know full well that no one is ready to go back to that yet."

I really don't think this brings us back to that AT ALL, because I'm sure the poster in question did not mean "What if a white actor was cast as a character written as Black and played it in blackface," but rather, "What if a white actor was cast as a character written as Black (and played it NOT in blackface)?"
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