Oz in the News 12.6.15


‘Reverse racism’ social media backlash over ‘The Wiz’ is absurd  “Can you imagine the outrage if a show advertised an “All White Cast”?! But #TheWizLive is getting praised for having an “All Black Cast” tweeted a user named Melly. Another user wrote: ‘why are there no whites starring in #TheWiz? this is racist! can u imagine if it were the other way? #whitelivesmatter #TheWizLive.’ Yes, we can imagine. But we don’t have to. They called that one “The Wizard of Oz ” Let’s get this out of the way first: There is no such thing as reverse racism. Something is either racist or it’s not. Secondly. The Wiz debuted on Broadway 40 years ago before it became a motion picture starring Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and Richard Pryor. If you’re just learning about it now, you have bigger problems than your faulty racial meter.

Lone white dancer Chris Silcox spotted in ‘The Wiz Live!’ cast after confused viewers blast all-black production as ‘racist’  Confused viewers outraged by the all-black cast of NBC’s “The Wiz Live!” can ease on down from their gripes — a handful of eagle-eyed social media users have spotted a white dancer in the mix.  Viewers quickly identified the dancer as Chris Silcox, the lone white ensemble member listed on the TV movie’s IMDB page. “This has got to be my favorite one so far #TheWiz #WhiteGuyInTheWiz,” Silcox tweeted Friday, quoting a user’s photo of him captioned, “How the hell did THIS GUY sneak on set?!”


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