People have been saying how disgusting this is for years and yet so many schools and amateur theatre companies around the world continue to show offensive, all-white productions of ‘Hairspray’, a show that centres around the civil rights movement.
Chris Peterson, from onstage blog sums it up; “While the use of blackface is strictly prohibited because it's abhorrent. When all-white casts perform the piece, they typically use different colored clothing to mark the differences between white and black.”
You can read his article here:
Sign the petition. Help put a stop to this awful white-washing. Don’t force anyone to hear a white person/ child sing ‘I know where I’ve been’ ever again.