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Wanna see Whoopi Goldberg’s white racism musical?

Since the mere mention of her name on S & A seems to always result in heated debates, how could I resist this?

Today a new musical play called White Noise opens in Chicago at the Royal George Theatre, and those behind the scenes hope it will eventually make its way to Broadway.

The play is being produced by Whoopi Goldberg and directed by Sergio Trujillo (NO NOT not me! There are like 76 million people with the same name, but this particular Sergio was the choreographer for the hit Broadway shows Jersey Boys and Memphis), and was inspired by the infamous Gaede twins from Bakersfield, CA.

If you’ve forgotten or are not aware of them, they were a pair of identical teenage twin girls who gained some notoriety a few years back performing under the name Prussian Blue, singing racist white supremacist songs to an audience of rabid followers.

In Noise we have “two sisters, Eva and Eden, who are discovered by a powerful New York record producer and deftly packaged as a pop-rock band whose songs, a mix of seductive harmonies and coded racist rhetoric, propel them to fame and fortune. Not surprisingly, it is only a matter of time before catastrophe strikes”.

The reviews have not come out as yet, and no doubt the play is designed to be something of a controversial satire to get people talking. As Goldberg was quoted recently about the play:  “It’s not meant to preach to the audience, but I hope it will have some resonance for everyone sitting out there, prompting them to ask themselves questions like: ‘Have I ever secretly held some of these thoughts? Have I ever sold out on my ideals? Have I ever thought about what even tiny little sellouts can do?’ I often think about that great song from ‘Cabaret’ — ‘Tomorrow Belongs To Me.’ It’s so catchy, but of course when you listen closely to the lyrics, you realize what it’s really all about.”

Of course, I realize it’s all designed to shock and cause discussion (not much unlike what we try to do on S & A), but personally I’m not exactly interested in seeing a play in which people are singing racist lyrics in a theater. And of course we know Whoopi would never condone anything that would intentionally promote racism.

Well O.K. yeah sure she did defend Mel Gibson. And yeah she did defend Roman Polanski saying what he did “wasn’t rape rape”. And O.K, yeah there was that whole “Ted Danson in blackface” disaster. Sometimes you just never know with her…

So how about you? Would you take a gamble and see White Noise if it comes to a theater near you?

7 comments to Wanna see Whoopi Goldberg’s white racism musical?

  • Zeus

    Hah! It sounds more like a play based of her good friend Mel Gibson. She probably gave his ass a part in the damn thing.

    I pass…

  • ladybug

    Shame shame Sergio! Good theatre is meant to entertain but also to provoke thought and conversation. This is the same thing that happened with Scottsboro Boys . . . people were protesting something they hadn’t even seen. Stirring the pot before it even started to boil. And because of this a brilliant . . . I will say it again brilliant musical didn’t get the audience it deserved.

    Racism exists . . . stories of racism exist . . . why are people so defensive when they are being told? I mean do you really think this is a musical in support of racism . . . rather than a show that may be about how hatred can be packaged and sold to masses . . in a package that may appear to be innocent at first glance?

    • Sergio

      Once again for the umpteeth time I have to explain that I was being sarcastic. More and more I believe what a friend told me a long time ago that black people don’t understand sarcasm. We take everything WAAAAY too literally

  • Tom

    I would strongly urge you to go back and watch clips from “The View” – Whoopi NEVER defended Mr. Gibson or Mr. Polanski. You’re doing exactly what the media does – taking one line out of context and flipping it. Whoopi says Mel Gibson is a bonehead and she didn’t think what he did was right. However, she knows him and she also has has experience with people who hated her for being black. Mel wasn’t one of those people. You could call him whatever you want but her experience with him wasn’t about race. She never sided with him. And Mr. Polanski – she was just trying to make sure the other woman didn’t put step in crap. She said they couldn’t say it was “rape/rape” because he had never be charged with the crime. Please, don’t be like the media – get your facts straight. And if you know anything about the Friars you would understand the Danson thing but I’m not here to educate you on everything. Please do your homework. You certainly don’t need to like White Noise but get it straight.

    • Sergio

      Mel Gibson made vicious racist remarks and it’s on tape to prove it and Polanski has sex with an underage teenage girl. End of story. You can spin it anyway you like facts are facts and she still defended them. And I notice you had nothing to say about the Ted Danson in blackface thing which she later took full credit for being her idea

      • We’re like elephants, and if there were an animal known for not forgiving? We’d be that too.

        Personally, I think that often hurts us more than helps.

        None of us know the full context of her actions and involvement in those things from years ago. For all we know Mel could helped her at a time, when a brother or sister shoved her aside.

        Nobody’s perfect. No need to continue to remind each other just how imperfect we black people are and as hard as we do, when the world does that enough for all of us.

        …Especially, for someone who has *really* made a lot of strides, despite what one might see as an innate unacceptability in parts of black and white American culture (for her darkness, her hair, her controversial opinions, her dating habits, and her unapologetic nature about all that).

        I disagree with a lot of what Whoopi says, but it bothers me that her most harsh criticism seems to come from her own people, in lieu of giving her the credit for her achievements.