Skip to comments.Has Anyone Noticed That Romeo Is Black?
Posted on 08/14/2009 5:59:02 AM PDT by flowerplough
Romeo is black. And no one cares. While this might be big news in America, no one in London is making any fuss about Adetomiwa Edun in Romeo & Juliet, playing through August 23 at Shakespeares Globe Theatre. Here, its just damn good theater. No nuance, no emotional triggers playing on Eduns ethnicity.
I admit that I was excited and skeptical about it, feeling very American in my belief that this was astonishing news and curious about how the Globe Theatres audiences would respond. I watched with a grin, caught the Bards lines flying and peeped that black man kissing a white woman on stage, out in the open for the Globe to see. And my perception of racial politics, which is a vicious mixture of pride, historical memory and fear, ebbed and flowed, but never washed up onto the stage.
Today, like in any other theater, there is always opportunity for race to play center stage. But not in this production of Romeo & Juliet. After the play, I walked out into the London night feeling like they had triumphed over me, the naïve American who wanted those winks because I was used to American entertainment playing to our perceptions of race. But I was denied that quick satisfaction and found the true essence of Shakespeare.
Next, a white Othello...
My thoughts exactly. THAT would excite comment and won’t happen.
“Where’re the white women at?”
Some black people are at peace with themselves. Some have a mad desire to be white, which seems to color their judgment of everything.
Some people are never going to figure out that color blindness, or at least indifference to color, is real. Such people truly live 50+ years in the past, while most everyone else has long since moved on.
I understand at the end, he kilt himself.
Oh fer cryin' out loud . . . c'mon, Mr. Page.
Patrick Stewart of Star Trek fame, played Othello with an all black supporting cast.
WTH did he expect to happen? People in the audience standing up in shock and yelling, "Oy, that bloke's black!" Would he have expected that of an American audience? What a delusional nut.
It seems to me white women say ‘where’s all the black men at?’
WTH did he expect to happen? People in the audience standing up in shock and yelling, “Oy, that bloke’s black!” Would he have expected that of an American audience? What a delusional nut.
I attended a musical where a friend of mine, who was black, was playing Jesus. When he come onstage, SOME of the older white folks, walked out. I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was a little hurtful to me to think people (especially those who call themselves Christians) still acted like that. This was at CBN (Christian Broadcasting Network) here in Virginia.
This is not big news in America. Page’s characterization is the same kind of tiresome and bigoted anti-American strawman we are used to seeing from the less creative elements of the British chatterati. As we (actually do) say here in America, get a life, Page.
No doubt that is why Juliet’s family disapproved. The writer sees right through those bunch of peckerwoods.
A black man playing an Italian role in a Shakespeare play?
Not that big of a deal.
That is pretty horrible. :(
And even then, 16 years ago, nobody raised an eyebrow.
I don't know: I always though he was a pretty decent coach.
Wow. Sad story, indeed. :(
Next thing you know Ralph Kramden from the Honeymooners is going to be black.
Does anyone really care?
well, then there’s that! :)
My girl's high school drama class had a black Romeo about three years ago and the cast and audience was at least 80% white.
The only thing everybody said was stuff like “Darn good play.”
Well, I am not worked up about a black man kissing a white woman on stage. My real fear would be if they went back to the way it was in Shakespeare’s time ... all male actors. Bleagh!
Somebody tell me, who are the ones who are all wrapped up in race?
Wow, I wasn’t talking about RAPE. I was talking about people consenting to be together. There are alot of white women who pursue black men, because that is their preference. I live in a military town where there are oogobs of interracial marriages, the majority of which are white women married to black men.
Othello was never Negroid.
he was a Moor...a north African Caucasoid
Romeo was a Montague Italian in the late 1500s per Bill Shakespeare (another cracker btw) and to make Romeo black is just stupid and is of course political and historically inaccurate.
If this writer thinks Britain doesn’t have race issues then he’s one ill informed play attendee.
The need to make white characters black in historical context is because of the actual dearth of actual black historical figures in much written context period.
That is what happens when a group is cut off from the developing world for however many 10,000s of years since the Sahara went too dry. I mean my bad. I’m sorry. You guys got stuck and lagged as a group and now we are all supposed to feel bad about it and let you roll all over us and whine like little babies and we felt so bad we have now elected the Demon-In Chief to make up for it all.
How come Indigenous peoples in the Americas don’t get so much indulgence and pandered to?
They have been on basically the same fair ride.
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Othello was a “moor”? I thought he was a “moop”!
Or if Ford Prefect from Hitchhiker’s Guide was black.
I was thinking about a reversed Othello the other day, Othello as a white mercenary to a black African dictator.
I think it would be interesting, but try to find a set of black actors who would be willing to take part in it.
Doubt it. Get over yourself, Jason. You're just another dork who couldn't get a real job irrelevant of skin color.
I suppose that having a race reversed “Othello” was... “cutting edge”?
I wonder that no one ever approached OJ Simpson to play Othello? Given his real life experience
I would note that the guy who played the prince in last season's Metropolitan Opera production of Cinderella was also black; but I don't recall any articles over here in the Racist States that even mentioned his skin color.
I should have read further on the thread before posting my #39.
Fair point about consensual relationships, BUT to say that an interracial relationship is really the white women going after the black men is contradicted by the not consensual relationship of rape where it’s the black men going after the white women. So in the Mel Brooks context the black man saying “where’s the white women at?” is the stereotype supported by data. And in the modern era, the white men going after the black women because that’s what their slave holding grandaddies did is contradicted by the data.
For example, read this crap by a black Duke faculty member
Rape and the Black Woman
By Mark Anthony Neal
When a young black woman was allegedly raped, sodomized, robbed and beaten by members of the prestigious Americas Duke University Lacrosse team exactly a year ago, it was initially treated as little more than another case of (privileged) boys gone wild.
As word began to spread about the specifics of the case, various communities mobilized to lay claim to its significance. These groups include Durham, North Carolina residents with long-standing grievances against the University, activists rightfully protesting yet another incident of alleged sexual violence related to a college campus, members of various black communities who wanted to highlight the racist implications of the alleged assault and of course those who felt that too many people were rushing to judgment about the alleged rapists, well before the true facts of the case were established.
At the center of all of these claims and allegiances is the body of a young black woman, who in many ways has been continually assaulted, by the inability of the various narratives surrounding the case to take serious the realities of racialized sexual violence against women of color.
Okay... I think you have issues. If it makes you feel better to think that white women are only with black men under duress...then its a free country. Think what you like. Insecurity is a b*tch.
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