Sign Language Interpreter Sues, Alleges Lost Job At Broadway Production Of ‘The Lion King’ Because He’s White
Claims that Theatre Development Fund decided it’s “no longer appropriate to have white interpreters represent black characters for ASL Broadway shows”
Sean Penn rather wittily observed of the woke crazy that pretty soon only a Danish prince will be able to play Hamlet.
Apparently, the racist “antiracism” runs even deeper than that because now, in New York City, white people can’t be sign language interpreters for black actors on Broadway.
A white sign-language interpreter says he was booted from “The Lion King” on Broadway because of his skin color.
Keith Wann, 53, was one of at least two people forced off the production by the non-profit Theatre Development Fund – which staffs Broadway shows with American Sign Language interpreters – after the group decided it was “no longer appropriate to have white interpreters represent black characters for ASL Broadway shows.”
Wann filed a federal discrimination lawsuit on Tuesday against the organization and the director of its accessibility programs, Lisa Carling.
Carling told him and interpreter Christina Mosleh to “back out” of the show — which celebrates its 25th anniversary on Sunday — so they could be replaced by black sign-language experts, according to the suit and emails obtained by The Post.
Lest you think that Wann was hired early in the production’s run. No. He was hired in March. Of this year. Did they not notice the glaring failings represented by his white skin at the time of his employment?
The New York Post continues:
Wann, a sign language interpreter and performer who has been working in New York for more than a decade, was offered the chance in March to work on one of Broadway’s most-acclaimed and longest-running shows.
But days later, he was shocked when he received an email from Carling sheepishly asking him and another interpreter to leave the show, citing “the current social climate.”
“With great embarrassment and apologies, I’m asking you both to please back out of interpreting the show for us on Sunday, April 24,” Carling wrote. “I don’t see any other way out of this. It seems like the best solution.”
Racist hiring and firing practices are not the “best solution” to anything.
[Featured image via YouTube]DONATE
Donations tax deductible
to the full extent allowed by law.