Apparently there are some folks out there who aren’t aware of the history of ‘The Wiz,’ and now they’re calling the production racist for having an all-black cast. This has sparked a massive response on Twitter, with users calling out those griping about it not having a white cast.
This is totally ridiculous, but sadly true that some people on Twitter are upset that the Dec. 3 production of The Wiz Live! on NBC features an all-black cast and are calling it a case of reverse racism. The Wiz is an African-American take on the all-white The Wizard Of Oz, and the Broadway production as well as the 1978 film featured an all-black cast. This is nothing new, but apparently to some on Twitter, it’s a big deal.
Thanks to the internet age and social media, people are able to take a non-issue like the fact that The Wiz is an all-black production and turn it into an issue of racism. We were pretty surprised by some of the tweets we came across as excitement for the NBC live production caused it to trend on Twitter. Here’s a sampling of some of the outrageous statements:
I just learned there is a black version of The Wizard of Oz called "The Wiz" – how is this not racist?
— Evan (@MJTM) November 23, 2015
Can you imagine the outrage if a show advertised an "All White Cast"?! But #TheWizLive is getting praised for having an "All Black Cast"…💭
— Melly (@4princessmel) November 27, 2015
This is how I feel. Remaking something with an all-black cast seems…a tiny bit racist. #TheWiz
— Jessica (@90s_Jess) November 19, 2015
One user got so bombarded by haters that he deleted his original tweet that read “#TheWiz on @NBC is a PC Disaster. An all-black Wizard of Oz? Give me a freaking break. I could say that’s racist but…” and instead posted:
I'm done fielding ignorant comments calling my remarks on The Wiz racist. Get a clue, people.
— Andrew Natalizio (@anatalizio0523) December 3, 2015
Another user @boottapper originally posted “Want to point out that #TheWizLive has changed cast to all black actors yet there’s no outrage from the whites. #BlackLivesMatter Just sayin,” and has now deleted the tweet and replaced it with this:
It's amazing how an entire group of people can totally miss the point of a tweet.
— Jeff Kelso (@boottapper) December 3, 2015
But most of the web was aghast at the racism claims and made sure to make that known :
I have to ask these people going on about #TheWiz being "racist" – how exactly is this oppressing you? How? I'll wait.
— Lisa McColgan (@shelfbeast) December 3, 2015
I can't take it. I tried to escape the hatefulness by clicking on #TheWiz and apparently idiots are complaining it's racist. We are doomed
— Barbara (@ThisBarbara) December 3, 2015
— Jennifer Brett (@JenBrettAJC) December 3, 2015
— Travon Free (@Travon) December 3, 2015
— Roxxy Haze (@iamroxxyhaze) December 3, 2015
Morons calling #TheWiz racist are mad because they have to sing "We're Off To See the Wizard" while we get to sing "Ease On Down The Road."
— Matthew Allen (@headphoneaddict) December 3, 2015
White folks get like 95% of all musicals & leading roles. The Wiz happens & suddenly they're like WHY IS BROADWAY RACIST AGAINST US?!
— Imperatrum Becks (@ArchivistBecks) December 3, 2015
— Ms. China (@mschinapojazz) December 3, 2015
HollywoodLifers, what do you think about the wild racism claims against The Wiz? Sound off in the comments below!