NOW THEATRE IS ‘RACIST’: Goofy Shakespearian Actress Says Theatre is a ‘White Invention’

Published on December 9, 2014

Everything is racist someway or somehow, us poor white privileged folk can’t escape it.

Dame Janet Suzman, a South African-born Shakespearian actress, has come under fire for saying that black and Asian people don’t visit the theatre as much as white people because it’s not part of their culture to do so. The actress, whose aunt was an anti-apartheid campaigner, made the comments following an appeal by fellow actress Meera Syal for theatres to do more to attract Asian audiences.

Responding to Ms Syal’s comments, Dame Janet said: “Theatre is a white invention, a European invention, and white people go to it. It’s in their DNA. It starts with Shakespeare,” The Guardian has reported.

She continued: “I’ve just done a South African play. My co-star is a young black man from the slums of Cape Town. Totally brilliant actor. I saw one black face in the room, at the Print Room. I rail against that and say why don’t black people come to see a play about one of the most powerful African states?

“And they don’t bloody come. They’re not interested. It’s not in their culture, that’s why. Just as their stuff is not in white culture. Fair’s fair. Theatre is a totally European invention, as is tragedy. Other countries don’t do tragedy. It’s an invention by the Greeks.”

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