Anyone who follows theatre-related social media or subscribes to our website is likely to have seen my column on Monday, “6 Takeaways From the ‘Mikado’ Yellowface-Off.” My intention with the piece was to add my voice to the protest against yellowface and other harmful forms of cultural appropriation while also trying to address other complicated, nuanced issues that have come up since the NYGASP Mikado controversy began in mid-September. In venturing into this thorny territory, I made several mistakes: using language which I should have known was insensitive; employing a distant, musing tone, as if these are theoretical issues, not gnarly real-life problems that have caused and continue to cause real pain, silencing, and oppression; and needlessly muddying my larger point with comparisons that read as false equivalences. For these mistakes I sincerely apologize.
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