The producers of the Broadway musical Hamilton, who lectured Vice President-elect Mike Pence on diversity, do not cast white people for roles in their own musical.
Hamilton, the acclaimed musical that plays to sold-out shows, makes a point of casting minorities in historical roles that were originally white males. It’s one of the things Broadway audiences are drawn to, producers say, but doing so means no white people are cast. In ANY role.
This reverse-discrimination has been the subject of controversy for some time, but it became a major issue after Mike Pence attended a show. Many found the lecture delivered by the cast to Pence after a performance hypocritical, considering the cast isn’t as diverse as it claims to be.
The casting call, which can be seen here, made it a point to demand that only “NON-WHITE” performers apply.
The details of the Hamilton casting call says: “Seeking NON-WHITE men and women, ages 20s to 30s, for Broadway and upcoming Tours!”
The show’s producer Jeffrey Seller claims that Hamilton encourages diversity. “I stand by it and believe it to be legal,” Seller said of the controversial casting call.
A spokesmen for Hamilton said the language in the advertisement, “seeking non-white performers,” was approved by Actors Equity, the Broadway union.
However, lawyers for the Broadway union have denied that the organization ever approved a casting call for “non-white” performers.
The New York City Commission on Human Rights is expected to work with the Hamilton production team to insure compliance with discrimination laws.
Despite the controversy, First Lady Michelle Obama praised Hamilton for teaching history “the way it should be taught.”
Sure, teaching “history” through hip-hop. Let’s get that right over to the Department of Indoctrination.
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