Activists claimed it was a sin for a talented white girl to play Esmerelda in the production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
“Activists” complained that a talented white girl (they admitted it) got a starring role, so the high school ended the musical. Apparently, Disney has forever redefined Esmerelda as a “person of color,” so that casting a white to play her in any related production is a hate crime.
The worst part of this is that the high school caved.
And, just for the record, gypsies or Roma are white Europeans.
If the whites objected to a black girl getting the lead role in The Sound of Music (which they would never do), they would be treated like white supremacists!
Fox News reports, “High school cancels musical after white student lands lead role.”
Protests of the production began when an African-American student quit Ithaca High School’s musical production due to the role of Esmeralda being given to a white classmate.
“It shows you that theater wasn’t made for you,” the student told the Ithaca Journal. “And it shows you that, if you can’t get the parts that are written for you, what parts are you going to get?”
Student activists then banded together under the umbrella of Students United Ithaca and wrote a letter that included a list of demands, saying that, while the young lady cast as Esmeralda was “a stellar actor, singer, and dancer” any production would be “lucky to have,” she couldn’t be cast in this role because she is the “epitome of whiteness.”
“At best, this is cultural appropriation,” the student group wrote, alleging racial bias within the Performing Arts Program at IHS, and “at worst, it is whitewashing, a racist casting practice which has its roots in minstrelsy.”
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