Britt Speaks More
I am so incredibly disappointed to find out that Oak is being replaced in The Great Comet. It is disheartening to see that it truly seems that they can’t stand by their more diverse cast and that money seems to be more important than integrity.
I honestly feel that it was a ploy that used Oak’s Hamilton cred to attempt to stay relevant and keep up interest when Josh left. I think there is no doubt about that. The fact that he started late and now they have cut him short when their plans didn’t go as they wanted them to is disgusting. They ignore the praise Oak has received. They ignore all the work Oak put in to learn two instruments, all the songs, and the choreography in a short period of time. They replace him with a well known white actor.
I know this isn’t Mandy’s fault in the slightest, he shouldn’t be blamed for the producer’s decisions. I just think it’s incredibly disrespectful that they won’t even let Oak finish out his contract.
This whole situation leaves an extra bad taste in my mouth after hearing all the things Oak talked about in the Bars Workshop feed. The way he goes about understanding his roles, the effort he puts in, the way he tries to find peace in every situation… His answer for the question about if he thinks this means real change for POC actors rings very true today. He said it hasn’t been long enough to tell if this is real change or something that is just happening right now and will go back to the way it was. This show is proving his point right now.
Things need to change. We have to stand up for POC actors. There is no reason that they should have to work harder to get rolls. There is no reason that their talents should be overlooked just because they aren’t white. There is no reason that they should be afraid to demand change.
This industry is happier to whitewash instead of giving POC actors and actresses the rolls they deserve and it needs to stop. We need to show them how it needs to stop so there can be real change.