- 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 “The problem is, though, that with outdated racist performance tropes, a sanitized and conservative fringe is exactly what we get.”
The producers of an Edinburgh Festival Fringe show have defended their decision to cast a white male actor in the role of a geisha, explaining geishas are “not exclusively ethnically Japanese or biologically female.”
BEATS, an advocacy group founded by British East and Southeast Asians from the Theater and Screen industry, called out SRSLY_yours for their production of “Tea Ceremony,” a play that was staged at Zoo Playground in Scotland from Aug. 5 to Aug. 28, for using “yellowface.”
Seemingly part of every dancer’s upbringing and end-of-year routine, “The Nutcracker” is a ballet interpreted annually by local schools and esteemed companies across the globe. With its melting pot of a second act, there is perhaps no more iconic American Christmas tradition. Audiences are taken to a land of sweets where they are greeted by fantastical creatures, both imagined and “real” — from dancing flowers and a towering Mother Ginger to Chinese tea and Arabian coffee treats.
Ballet as an art form has existed for centuries and is frequently criticized in present-day for its outdated orientalist themes, including “Nutcracker”’s depiction of Asians and other exoticized ethnic groups. Final Bow for Yellowface is an organization of ballet lovers in its fifth year of consulting with major companies and artists to replace a historical reliance on racial stereotypes with multiculturalism, reminding us that every production is an active choice to either preserve or evolve a beloved holiday tradition.
Scottish Opera, Scotland’s national opera company, officially withdrew its nomination for a South Bank Sky Arts Award after being criticized for using “yellowface” in its 2020 production of John Adam’s “Nixon in China.”
The criticism: Several advocacy groups and social media users called out Scottish Opera for its portrayal of some of the play’s East Asian characters, South China Morning Post reported.
Amazon has come under fire for selling Chinese costumes that are advertised with models in yellowface.
At least one of the costumes is sold by a brand called Widmann, which calls the product an “Oriental Chinese Fancy Dress.”
An opera company in Tennessee has been accused of racism after having what appears to be the entire cast for a production of “Madame Butterfly” in yellowface.
Knoxville Opera, which holds performances at the Tennessee Theatre, first ran the Giacomo Puccini opera in 2010, though it cast a Korean actress (Park Jin-won) for the lead role of Cio-Cio-San at the time.
The Kansas City Ballet, which has been performing productions of “The Nutcracker” for decades, was recently called out for its problematic depictions of Asian characters.
It has become a holiday tradition for the Missouri-based professional ballet company, which held its first “The Nutcracker” performance in 1972. However, a local woman has urged the ballet company to make some changes in their production to make “The Nutcracker” more culturally appropriate, reports WDAF-TV.
Australian Comedian Forced to Cancel a Cringey ‘Geisha’ Show, Uses Her ‘Japanese Friends’ as an Excuse
An Australian comedian was forced to cancel her one-woman show at the upcoming Melbourne Fringe Festival after sparking outrage over her character’s use of “yellowface.”
Kate Hanley Corley, who was scheduled to perform eight renditions of “Aisha the Aussie Geisha: The Accidental Oriental” from Sept. 20, announced her withdrawal on Wednesday after an open letter accusing it of racism circulated online.
A winning performance on international music competition 2018 Eurovision Song Contest has sparked controversy online amid criticisms of cultural appropriation.
Israel’s Netta Barzilai claimed the top spot during the finals night of the longest-running annual international TV contest with an unusual performance of her song “Toy.”
Akira Yoshida, the Japanese writer of “Thor: Son of Asgard,” “X-Men/Fantastic Four,” “X-Men: Age of Apocalypse” and “Wolverine: Soultaker,” was one of the Marvel’s most prolific writers in the early 2000s.
Unfortunately, Yoshida did not actually exist. His identity was merely an invention of C.B. Cebulski, a White man who violated Marvel’s ethics policy so he could get writing work while still holding an editor position. When Cebulski publicly admitted the ruse following his promotion as the company’s new editor-in-chief (EIC) in November, he was rightfully criticized for cultural appropriation and use of yellowface.
C.B. Cebulski was appointed the new editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics earlier this month and he’s already under fire after admitting to Bleeding Cool that he wrote under the Japanese pseudonym, Akira Yoshida, from 2004 to 2006.
Yoshida was brought onboard to bring “authentic” Japanese voices to Marvel comics, including “Elektra: The Hand,” “Kitty Pryde Shadow and Flame,” “Thor: Son of Asgard,” “Wolverine Soultaker,” “X-Men / Fantastic Four,” and the relaunched “X-Men: Age of Apocalypse”.
After severe backlash, the opera “The Golden Dragon” has been canceled, as Hackney Empire pulls the show from its East London October 31 premiere.
The theater released a statement on Thursday that disavows any involvement of Hackney Empire to the production of “The Golden Dragon” and Music Theater Wales, the United Kingdom’s leading national contemporary opera company.