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Racial Switch Halts 'Huck Finn' Production
Yahoo ^ | 5/22/2005 | Associated Press

Posted on 05/22/2005 9:04:39 AM PDT by FreeManWhoCan

GLENELG, Md. - A black Huck Finn and a white Jim might be OK for a high school production of Mark Twain's classic tale — but those performances had to be edited out of a C-Span talent show after the copyright holder objected to the cross-casting. ADVERTISEMENT

Jay Frisby, a black student who played Huck, and Nick Lehan, a white student who played Jim, taped their performance of the song "Muddy Water" for "Close Up," a weekly show that highlights high school excellence.

When the program aired Friday, the two Glenelg Country School seniors were introduced, but viewers were told that "Close Up" could not show their performance because of "copyright restrictions."

Lehan and Frisby had played the roles of Jim and Huck in the school's production of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" without complaint. But when the show's executive producer asked for the right to air the students' performance, permission was denied.

Bert Fink, a spokesman for R&H Theatricals — the Rodgers & Hammerstein organization, which holds the license to the play — said his organization is not against cross-casting in general.

"But when you're dealing with a theatrical work and race or ethnicity is a key factor, many authors or playwrights feel strongly that ethnicity has to be reflected in the actors who portray the characters," he said.

"In the books, Jim is a runaway slave. He is clearly in the novel an African-American man. And Huck is a free white man — that is central to the story. To ignore that component or to comment on it by switching is not faithful to the story."

Frisby's father, Washington attorney Russell Frisby, said he was appalled by the decision.

"The only rationale for it is that someone in New York believes Huck Finn can't be played by an African-American. I thought we were past the days of 'whites only' clauses," the elder Frisby said.


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..please go ahead and commnet. I will be in the bathroom ralfing my breakfast.
1 posted on 05/22/2005 9:04:39 AM PDT by FreeManWhoCan
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To: Eeper; Admin Moderator; MeekOneGOP; King Prout

Do we REALLY need N-bombs on here?


Nice post newbie.....


3 posted on 05/22/2005 9:08:56 AM PDT by MikefromOhio (Is anyone else ready for football to begin again?)
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To: FreeManWhoCan

I'm a white guy who wants to play Malcolm X in a play. Would anyone in America have a problem with that?


4 posted on 05/22/2005 9:09:01 AM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: FreeManWhoCan
Frisby's father, Washington attorney Russell Frisby, said he was appalled by the decision.

"The only rationale for it is that someone in New York believes Huck Finn can't be played by an African-American. I thought we were past the days of 'whites only' clauses," the elder Frisby said.

What a moron. I suspect we will see a lawsuit from this clown shortly.

5 posted on 05/22/2005 9:09:54 AM PDT by Azzurri
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To: FreeManWhoCan

Heck, I want to play Rosa Parks. Who could possibly object to that?


6 posted on 05/22/2005 9:10:09 AM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: Eeper; FreeManWhoCan
"A black Huck Finn and a white Jim"

I think its a great idea. Adds some interest to an otherwise stale story.

7 posted on 05/22/2005 9:11:06 AM PDT by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: FreeManWhoCan
"The only rationale for it is that someone in New York believes Huck Finn can't be played by an African-American. I thought we were past the days of 'whites only' clauses," the elder Frisby said.

Idiot. Yeah, we are past the days of 'whites only' but Huck Finn is not set in 21st century America....

8 posted on 05/22/2005 9:11:45 AM PDT by freebilly (Go Santa Cruz Baseball! Win CCS!)
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To: MikeinIraq

I'm sorry, but if you read the book, you'll see that the character is named such. Try it, lit-newb. :\


9 posted on 05/22/2005 9:13:45 AM PDT by Eeper
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To: FreeManWhoCan
I guess they want to do away with copyrights and they are so better at writing then MARK TWAIN.
10 posted on 05/22/2005 9:13:46 AM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ("In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit." AYN RAND)
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To: Eeper

No I have read the book. 99% of us on FR have read the book. WE all KNOW who Jim is. Why the N bomb?


11 posted on 05/22/2005 9:14:33 AM PDT by MikefromOhio (Is anyone else ready for football to begin again?)
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To: BenLurkin
Adds some interest to an otherwise stale story

One of the greatest, funniest, most poignant stories in American Literature and you think it's stale? Talk to my 10 year old about it. He'll set you straight. He's read it five or six times in the past few years....

12 posted on 05/22/2005 9:16:08 AM PDT by freebilly (Go Santa Cruz Baseball! Win CCS!)
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To: Dog Gone

FLASH:

Otello will be played by Dolph Lungren in a made-for-tv-movie.


13 posted on 05/22/2005 9:18:09 AM PDT by FreeManWhoCan (John 3:16 - Romans 10:13 - Only G-d can judge & forgive. No one else can do so.)
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To: MikeinIraq
Why the N bomb?

I wasn't aware it was a "bomb." I had thought it the name of a character in a classic work of American literature.

Can I still say niggardly, or is that on the taboo list as well?
14 posted on 05/22/2005 9:20:01 AM PDT by Eeper
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To: FreeManWhoCan
Yeah, and I want to play Jennifer Lopez. The mere fact that I am an elderly, white male who's carrying too many pounds should not present any problems, now should it? (Actually, the very idea of me dancing in a skin-tight outfit in front of thousands of people who paid cash money to see that, frightens even me.)

Congressman Billybob

Latest column: "Las Vegas: The All-American City"

15 posted on 05/22/2005 9:20:52 AM PDT by Congressman Billybob (For copies of my speech, "Dealing with Outlaw Judges," please Freepmail me.)
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To: Eeper

no, as that word has a different meaning. In fact, it isnt even in the same ballpark of what you said.

Main Entry: nig·gard·ly
Pronunciation: -lE
Function: adjective
1 : grudgingly mean about spending or granting : BEGRUDGING
2 : provided in meanly limited supply


saying someone dropped an N bomb is an expression. Kind of like saying the F word and referring to it as an F bomb.


16 posted on 05/22/2005 9:22:40 AM PDT by MikefromOhio (Is anyone else ready for football to begin again?)
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To: FreeManWhoCan

LOL, might as well.


17 posted on 05/22/2005 9:24:18 AM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: FreeManWhoCan
Posted with a different title.
18 posted on 05/22/2005 9:25:01 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Every evil which liberals imagine Judaism and Christianity to be, Islam is.)
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To: FreeManWhoCan
So in Charlie's Angels Bosley is Black. In the new TV series Kojac the title character, A "polack" if you will, is black.

In today's Parade magazine a new Sinatra book is being published. Denzel Washington would be the perfect title role character with his sidekick Dean Martin played by Cuba Gooding Jr.

Fair is fair. So why wasn't Tom Cruise tapped for the title role in Ray?

19 posted on 05/22/2005 9:25:29 AM PDT by Young Werther
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no, as that word has a different meaning. In fact, it isnt even in the same ballpark of what you said.

Really? I was completely unaware. /sarcasm

I was mocking your political correctness; I find it a bit strange. The character is referred to as "N-word" Jim. The fact is that the character concept doesn't really work with a white actor.

But of course, since that word is so bloody offensive, we probably should ban and burn all copies of the trashy work under discussion. Then no children will ever be exposed to Twain's evil ever again.
20 posted on 05/22/2005 9:27:41 AM PDT by Eeper
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