Racist “SLAV” Musical Madness Shut Down By Montreal’s International Jazz FestivalJuly 5, 2018
The controversial show was labeled as culturally appropriative.
The show was listed as a musical odyssey based upon “traditional African-American slave and work songs, from cotton field plantations to railroad yards.” The production, steered by Bonifassi and Robert Lepage, might have stumbled into a misinterpreted “Theatre of the Absurd” influence when they decided to cast white actors to play slaves within this context. When the festival finally caught on to the magnitude of the misstep, they decided to end the show’s run, which had previously been extended due to increased popularity. Their arguably flimsy statement included an apology: “We would like to apologize to the people who were hurt and obviously that was not our intention at all” Sounds like this was penned by a f*ckboy, tbh.
Charlie Rose, a Montreal-based activist, spoke on behalf of his community: “We don’t want the conversation to end today.” The higher-ups need to be mindful in their response. A cool “wyd” a couple of months from now won’t cut it.