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"Cyniquian" Level Poster
Post Number: 920
|Posted on Friday, March 03, 2006 - 01:28 pm: |
I see a lot of issues being discussed here. Now, I say again that I have not seen any of Mr. Perry's productions, so I cannot comment on whether or not they are uplifting or anything else.
I understand, though, why people are dismayed that the film versions must continue to feature him in drag to play the main character. On stage, I can see a little more--he (T.P.) was the draw. But now he has created this character that many people like. Why not cast a Black woman in the role for the theatrical versions? There are SO many with so much talent and very few vehicles for displaying it. (Personally, I'd vote for the woman who plays the nurse on "Scrubs.")
Instead, there is so much distraction about "a Black man in drag" that many can't even get to discussing the human-ness of the character.
Many of you talk a lot about authenticity. So, I am confused: How is a man, playing a Black woman, more/as authentic than a Black woman playing a Black women? Are older Black women so generic that anyone can play us?
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