Seattle, Washington (The Adobo Chronicles) – Political correctness has invaded the arts and is threatening to stifle the freedom of expression.
In Seattle, a 130-year-old play is under attack for including racial caricatures and failing to include any Asian American actors in its latest iteration by The Seattle Gilbert and Sullivan Society . The theater group chose “The Mikado” — a comic opera written in 1885 — for the tenth time in its 60-year history. Critics say having an all-white cast with faces painted yellow is not kosher.
The Seattle controversy is reminiscent of Asian Americans protesting the initial Broadway production of the musical Miss Saigon, in which Caucasian actor Jonathan Pryce played the role of the Engineer.
Inspired by the Seattle yellow face controversy, an obscure community of blue men and women living in the outskirts of Alaska has issued a statement criticizing the popular Blue Man Group.
Blue Man Group is an organization founded in 1987 by Chris Wink, Matt Goldman and Phil Stanton. The organization produces theatrical shows and concerts featuring experimental music (with an emphasis on percussion), comedy and multimedia; recorded music and scores for film and television; numerous television appearances, and a children’s museum exhibit (“Making Waves”). All of the organization’s theatrical performances star a trio of humanoid characters called Blue Men, played by actor-musicians who wear bald caps and uniform blue makeup.
The Alaska blue men community members seldom leave their commune for fear of discrimination because of their unusual skin color. In fact, they have diplomatically refused to grant an in-person interview request by The Adobo Chronicles. “We have never shown ourselves to anyone outside of our community,” they said. “But the growing popularity of the Blue Man Group could significantly threaten our peaceful existence and encourage impostors. That’s why we’ve chosen to finally speak out.”