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re: Sheng had other options
Posted by: BroadwayTonyJ 10:44 am EDT 10/17/21
In reply to: re: Sheng had other options - whereismikeyfl 09:19 am EDT 10/17/21

According to Wikipedia, "blackface is a form of theatrical makeup used predominantly by performers of non-African descent to portray a caricature of a dark skinned person of African descent".

I seriously doubt if any person on the street would regard Olivier's portrayal (or that of Welles in the '52 version) a caricature or even an example of blackface. The character Othello is Moorish and quite possibly has ancestry indigenous to the Iberian peninsula. He is definitely a person of color but would probably not be sub-Saharan African. Dark make-up is not the same as blackface.

Sheng should have presented context to his class before showing the '65 film. He made a mistake and is paying for it.
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