Wanna see Whoopi Goldberg’s white racism musical?
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?
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