Everyday racism is the fact that a white man has been cast as the KING OF SIAM in the Sydney/Brisbane showings of The King and I. And when this article brought up the white-washing of a PoC part, here are some of the comments:
A white guy playing the Thai king in “The King and I” is a moot point given that no Thai performer would consider playing the role.
Ah, how nice of Mr. “Mark Leo” to speak on behalf of EVERY Thai person in existence. *rolls eyes*
And I’m sure there are MANY Thai (and other Asian) performers who would jump at the chance to appear in The King and I, regardless of the show’s unfortunate “interpretation” of history. Because Asian actors can’t be picky when it comes to stage roles, especially since we only ever get cast in things that are specifically about our race. They’ll happily cast us in Madame Butterfly, but god forbid we get to play Romeo or Juliet! Hell, just look at all the people who complained about Annie being black!
The musical on both Broadway and in the film was made famous by Yul Brynner and he certainly didn’t look Thai.
Ugh. The fact that the very white, Russian Yul Brynner played an Asian in the 1956 film does not excuse the casting of a white man in the role FIFTY-SEVEN YEARS LATER. It genuinely baffles me that there are people who not only see nothing wrong with white-washing, but who also ENCOURAGE it because that’s how it was in the so-called “good ol’ days”.
Since the K&I is hardly a documentary, it would seem to be entirely irrelevant whether the lead is actually Thai.
I…don’t even know what this person is trying to say here? Are they saying it’s perfectly ok to cast white actors in PoC roles…because it’s fictional? Forgive me, I didn’t realize there was some sort of unspoken rule that says Asians are only allowed to play Asians in documentaries. *rolls eyes again*
Opera demands the best voice be cast.
Isn’t it funny how this argument only ever seems to come up when a white person is cast as a PoC. “Well they must have been the best person for the part”…Seriously? Are you telling me that there are NO Asian actors who are “good enough” to play the King of Siam? None at all? Don’t people realize how damn racist it is to assume that white actors always get non-white roles because they must be “better” than PoC actors?! Screw that!
Nasty vile writing revealing more about the author than his argument.
Apparently having a problem with white-washing and racist casting makes you a “nasty, vile” person. *rolls eyes so hard they do a 360*
A bit difficult to know when ethnicity is irrelevant to the plot.
You heard it here first, folks! Ethnicity is “irrelevant” in a story about THE KING OF SIAM.