Student activists and community members helped to get a production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” canceled at an Ithaca, New York high school after a white student was cast in a lead role.
According to the Ithaca Journal, five student activists wrote letters and put out a list of demands after a white student, who the SJW group concedes is a “a stellar actor, singer, and dancer,” was cast as Esmeralda. Additionally, black student, 17-year-old Maddi Carroll, quit the play after the white student was cast.
“It shows you that theater wasn’t made for you,” Carroll 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?”
In a letter that included a list of demands, the student activists demanded the high school girl cast as Esmeralda be removed from the role because, despite her talent, she’s the “epitome of whiteness.”
“Unfortunately, it has also come to our attention that the casting of this musical is antithetical to the very message which beats throughout the heart of the musical itself,” reads the letter from the “diverse group of students.” “We speak, specifically, of the casting choice of the role of Esmerelda. Before we speak further, we want to stress that the talented young woman who was cast in this role is a stellar actor, singer, and dancer. She has worked hard to hone her craft and the IHS stage, or any stage, would be lucky to have her. Our concern is not with her, but with the fact that in terms of demographics, she is the wrong choice for this role.”
“The young woman who was cast in this role has hazel eyes, blonde hair, and is the epitome of whiteness,” the activists add.
The play was canceled. In a statement on Monday, Ithaca City School District announced plans for the high school to put on “another collaborative project” in the play’s place.
“We thank everyone for their contributions as we delve further into complex conversations,” said the school district. “In addition, we ask that you please stay engaged as we continually work to create community-wide support for our students and school community.”
“Our goal was not just to shut down the musical,” said the 17-year-old who quit the play over the casting of a white student. “We want to get a socially conscious director to replace the current director so that everybody can participate.”
And since we know there is no appeasing the social justice Left, the activists posted more demands on Facebook after the play was canceled.
“Stop the racist and openly stated policy of ‘color blind’ casting in the ICSD,” says the post. “Because of institutionalized racism this results in white children being cast in roles written as white parts and also white children being cast in roles that were specifically intended for people of color.”
Speaking to Fox News, the social justice activists said they are “in line with Martin Luther King, Jr.’s message of love, unity, understanding, and inclusion.”
“Our endgame,” they told Fox, “is a performing arts program with more unity, more inclusion, and musical where we can all experience the joy and bonding of inclusive performing arts following best theatrical practices.”
To recap, it’s racist to cast a white girl as Esmeralda, but it’s totally progressive to get her canned from the position because of her skin color. Got it?
Source: The Daily Wire