In today’s post-Obama politically correct madness, a woman can gladly replace a man as Doctor Who, but a white man can never hope to replace a black man without social justice warriors crying foul.
It was announced Wednesday that Tony-winning actor Mandy Patinkin was replacing African-American actor Okieriete Onaodowan in the role of Pierre in the hit Broadway play “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812.”
Here's to happiness, freedom and MANDY! @PatinkinMandy to join @GreatCometBway! https://t.co/opY3fxcKYu pic.twitter.com/PpZ1zCvXYN
— broadway.com (@broadwaycom) July 26, 2017
On Friday, following an outcry from race-baiting social justice warriors, Patinkin stepped down from the role.
WOW! #MandyPatinkin steps down from @GreatCometBway following backlash; @OakSmash still set to depart Aug 13 https://t.co/6L49rVAaPU pic.twitter.com/X65RRmk6wH
— BWYBLK (@BroadwayBlack) July 28, 2017
Patinkin spoke with The New York Times to say he’s hip to the vibe and doesn’t want to harm another with his white privilege — he also demonstrates a keen awareness of the vast power of pop culture in America when it comes to the arts.
“My understanding of the show’s request that I step into the show is not as it has been portrayed and I would never accept a role knowing it would harm another actor,” said the actor.
“I hear what members of the community have said and I agree with them,” Patinkin continued. “I am a huge fan of Oak and I will, therefore, not be appearing in the show.”
I am a huge fan of Oak and I will, therefore, not be appearing in the show. (4/4) https://t.co/IYdQn2eQ7M
— Mandy Patinkin (@PatinkinMandy) July 28, 2017
The show’s creator, Dave Malloy, who also seems to grasp the impact pop culture can have when it turns against you, quickly kowtowed, offering an apology on Twitter for missing the “racial optics of it.”
so sorry to have missed the racial optics of it. we had to do same thing with dear beloved brittain so in my head it was no different. 5/
— dave malloy (@dave_malloy) July 28, 2017
As for the backlash, here’s a sampling of what he was up against.
👇🏾This is someone I love and respect dearly. I am an actor of color, who works on Broadway sometimes. This is a familiar feeling. https://t.co/IDMF2DZYy1
— Adrienne Warren (@adriennelwarren) July 26, 2017
— lexx (@misslexxmarie) July 27, 2017
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