The politically correct crowd has focused its ire on Broadway.
Civil rights attorney Randolph M. McLaughlin said the casting call for the musical Hamilton violates the New York City Human Rights Law because it excludes non-white actors. The musical centers on the life of Alexander Hamilton, one of the founding fathers of the United States.
The open casting call states the production company is seeking “NON-WHITE men and women, ages 20s to 30, for Broadway and upcoming Tours.”
Specifying the race, gender, and age of performers is a standard practice in the theater and film industry, but despite this Actor’s Equity took umbrage. It is apparently irrelevant that the founding fathers were white, not black, Latino or female.
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“It is advisable to take an affirmative approach, rather than an exclusionary one,” said Howard Sherman, interim director of the Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts.
“What if they put an ad out that said, ‘Whites only need apply? Why, African-Americans, Latinos, Asians would be outraged,” added McLaughlin.
Jeffrey Seller, the lead producer of the show, responded by saying “‘Hamilton’ depicts the birth of our nation in a singular way. We will continue to cast the show with the same multicultural diversity that we have employed thus far.”
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Following the complaints, the production signed on Latino and African-American actors to portray the founding fathers. The move was hailed by The New York Times, which stated: “‘Hamilton’ is, among other things, about who owns history, who gets to be in charge of the narrative.”
The “narrative” is at odds with historical fact but, as usual, this takes second place to the politically correct agenda.
The PC left is currently at war with American history. In December, the New Orleans City Council voted to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee and Confederacy president Jefferson Davis.
At the University of Texas in Austin statues of Davis and Albert Sidney Johnston, a Confederate general who died during the Civil War, were removed because they were deemed “racist.”
In June, the statues were spayed with Black Lives Matter graffiti. The Baltimore City Commission also recommended statues of Lee and Stonewall Jackson be removed. The effort to erase history has gone so far as to outlaw Confederate flag vanity plates in Maryland.
The current historical hysteria is reminiscent of purges in the Soviet Union. Under Stalin, the Soviet state eliminated political images considered unacceptable to the communists. The move was exemplified by the removal of Nikolai Yezhov from a photograph with Stalin. Yezhov was a mastermind of purges against the Soviet political and military establishment. After Yezhov fell out of favor with Stalin, he was arrested, tried and executed.