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Why On Earth Is This Youth Theater Group Using Black-Face In A Production Of Hairspray?

The Brighton Theater Group Youth seem to think it's okay to not actually use black actors in their production of Hairspray and instead put white actors in black-face.

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It has emerged that the Brighton Theater Group Youth are putting on Hairspray and are using white actors with black-face make-up in the musical about racial segregation in the 60's. It's being reported that the actor playing Seaweed is white, and the character of Motormouth is also being played by a white actress.

UPDATE

Facebook: BrightonTheatreGroupYouth / Via Facebook

The group are not claiming on a post on their Facebook page that the most talented actors got the roles, regardless of race- the public still disagree.

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