Gaki no Tsukai & Annie ガキの使いとアニー

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Jan 13, 2018 23:12
Gaki no Tsukai & Annie ガキの使いとアニー

One of the Japanese TV Program "Gaki no Tsukai", which broadcast on New Year Eve, provoked antipathy and accusations against racism and cultural insensitivity not only from foreigners living in Japan but also from overseas media.

I didn't watch this TV program so I don't know in what kind of context Hama-chan (the Japanese comedian) acted as (parodied?) Eddie Murphy in the program. I'm scared to death of getting flamed so I have no comment on this, but it rekindled my vague memory of another article.

I have hardly remembered the detail, but it could be something that happened in the US, and that someone officially filed a complaint against the discrimination at a musical audition for "Annie" in which all actors who got the role of the protagonist were Caucasian people.

*Annie is a 1982 American musical film adapted from the Broadway musical of the same name which in turn is based on Little Orphan Annie, the 1924 comic strip by Harold Gray. In the original comic strip, it doesn't seem to have much description of characteristics of a protagonist, a 10-year-old girl, but it says that she has a mop of red, curly hair and have freckles on her face.

Because I am a Japanese?

Or maybe because I am an idiot?

I don't really understand this. Is it regarded as discriminations if you don't cast a role regardless of races even for stories that have original scripts, and sets of period background, countries where the story occurred, or physical characteristics of protagonists?

What about the people who actually existed in history?

Are Asian actors allowed to get the role of John F Kennedy?
Are Caucasian people allowed to get the role of Martin Luther King?

I don't know the post-fin of Annie audition story, whether or not it actually resulted in a court case. If that would be the case of racial discrimination, the Caucasian actor who gets the role of Martin Luther King would appear as he is or with make-ups that make him look alike?

If the actor appears with make-ups, it might turn out to be another discrimination like "Gaki no Tsukai," right?

Kindly explain this to me like I'm a five-year-old.




※『アニー』(Annie)は、ハロルド・グレイの新聞連載漫画『小さな孤児アニー(Little Orphan Annie)』を原作として製作されたブロードウェイ・ミュージカルである。1982年、1999年、2014年の計3回映画化されている。オリジナルの連載漫画では、10歳の主人公の女の子の特徴についてあまり言及されていないが、モップみたいな赤毛のカーリーヘアと顔にそばかすがある、という設定になっている。