Thursday, March 23, 2006

(Burnt) Cork Makes a Comeback

Black.White Carmen, Bruno, and Rose with none of the affect of Griffin's Black Like Me or even the (more) dubious Soul Sister. (The message of black.white seems to be: WE (white people) don't believe you.)

From NY Times Kate Valk in "The Emperor Jones."

"The petite, Caucasian, obviously female Ms. Valk is playing the title role, Brutus Jones, a venal black train porter turned despot, in O'Neill's hypnotic play about the destructive impact of history on the shaping of personality. And she is playing it in blackface." read more

In print:

Susan Straight's latest (blackface/voice) A Million Nightingales

Stephen Wright's Amalgamation Polka

2 Comments:

At 1:17 PM, Anonymous Rachel S said...

One of my students brought in that picture from the NY Times. I read the story--they (NY Times) acted like it was nothing.
And as for Black/White, I can't stand the show. You make a good point. The White guy is just totally over the top, and the White woman's inability to get why calling somebody a Black creature was offensive. UGH!!

 
At 6:40 PM, Anonymous Jodi said...

Glad you posted this--what is up with this ever present compulsion to cross over? Black White makes me cringe. It was painful to watch last week--and I can't decide whether that is good or bad. Could they have found worse white people? (sure, Paris Hilton...) it's hard to figure out why they think that dancing etc in church is appropriate, why it isn't an exercise in minstrelsy, why they don't just sit back, relax, and listen. Why are they so defensive? Why are they trying so hard? And the bit with the dashikis? please.

I wonder if they are trying to shield themselves from black anger (this seemed to be the deal with the white daughter)--so, they want to be liked, want to fit in, don't want to acknowledge that there is real, seething racial anger.

 

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