- SRSLY_yours, the producers of the controversial Edinburgh fringe play “Tea Ceremony” at the Zoo Playground in Scotland, has received criticism for incorporating “yellowface” in the performance.
- The presentation, which ran from Aug. 5 to Aug. 28, featured award-winning Cypriot actor Marios Ioannou in full geisha make-up and costume.
- BEATS, an advocacy group founded by British East and Southeast Asians from the Theater and Screen industry, called out the producers in a statement and accused them of using yellowface for the play.
- “It's also a fact that to many of us who also bear the historical weight of those listed abuses in our family heritages, these lurid descriptions, danced upon by a Yellowfaced performer, are extremely triggering and traumatic,” BEATS said in a statement.
- “We have no wish to see a sanitized and conservative fringe,” BEATS added. “The problem is, though, that with outdated racist performance tropes, a sanitized and conservative fringe is exactly what we get.”
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