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Location: Ames, Iowa, United States

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Another Ignorant Claim Of Racism

In Maryland a high school staged the play "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" recently where a black student played Huck, while a white played the part of the escaped slave, Jim Crow. When it came to the broadcast rights however, the copyright owner has not allowed this cross-casting. The reasons are quite clear. Here is an excerpt of the reasoning:

"...when you're dealing with a theatrical work and race or ethnicity is a key factor, many authors or playwrights feel strongly that ethnicity has to be reflected in the actors who portray the characters..."

The father of the black boy (of course) has complained. The next thing is using a woman to play Hitler, or a man to play Queen Victoria. Some people just don't get it.

I'll be back



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