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Colorblindness
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1175  Tuesday, 22 May 2001

From:           Charles Weinstein <
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Date:           Saturday, 19 May 2001 16:33:08 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Re: Colorblindness

There is no moral consensus to the effect that color-conscious casting
is "racist," and it is certainly not prohibited by law.  Indeed, within
the largest segment of the entertainment industry--namely
film--colorblind casting is a rarity.  We do not see black actors
playing Scotsmen in Braveheart or Rob Roy or British aristocrats in
Merchant-Ivory films.  I don't hear anyone raising a hue-and-cry about
this; so why the different standard for theatre?

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