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Friday, December 4, 2015

The Wiz Live! Slammed as Racist on Social Media for All-Black Cast 86 people viewing this....




Musical has traditionally featured African-American actors, including Diana Ross and Michael Jackson in 1978 film version

Some people on Twitter apparently dont know their musical history.

Users took to the social media platform in the days leading up to NBCs broadcast The Wiz Live! to decry what they saw as racist casting. The Thursday-night live production featured an all-black cast led by Queen Latifah, David Alan Grier and newcomer Shanice Williams.

That is in keeping with the history of the stage musical, which has always featured a black cast, as well as the 1978 film starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.

However, many users took to Twitter to voice their aggravation with the casting nonetheless.

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One user, after tweeting, This is how I feel. Remaking something with an all-black cast seemsa tiny bit racist. #TheWiz, deleted her tweet, then went on to explain the thinking behind that deleted tweet.

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The response on Twitter during Thursday nights broadcast during which #TheWiz was the services top trending topic nationally to the earlier racist tweets was overwhelming and appropriate.

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Craig Zadan and Neil Meron executive produced NBCs The Wiz Live! with Kenny Leon serving as stage director and Matthew Diamond as TV director.


http://www.thewrap.com/th... ll-black-cast/

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