'Thoroughly Modern Millie' play draws controversy in Mass. over racial stereotyping

Thoroughly Racist Millie

CAPA Drops Musical After Complaints of Racism

'Thoroughly Modern Millie' play draws controversy in Mass. over racial stereotyping

Thoroughly Modern Millie raised a backlash from students.

The Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts has dropped a planned staging of the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie after students complained about racist portrayals of Asians in the play.

Two students — Jasmine Luca and Tai Joselyn — described the controversy in a Tuesday essay for The Notebook, saying the play should be re-named Thoroughly Racist Millie.

Millie depends on disturbing stereotypes toward Asians,” the duo wrote. “The lead character, Mrs. Meers, appears in yellow face and is directed to speak in a fake Chinese accent. But since Mrs. Meers is not Asian, what do you think happens when someone mimics a Chinese accent to almost a completely non-Chinese audience? Just look at any of the YouTube videos of this character purposefully mangling Chinese.”
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