New York City protest of the racist and sexist images in Miss Saigon, April 1991. The photograph of “My Sister” is of a Vietnamese National Liberation Front fighter from the Vietnam War era. Photo by Corky Lee.
Miss Saigon is a Broadway musical about the romance between an American GI and a Vietnamese bar girl in Saigon during the Vietnam War. Originally, Jonathan Pryce and Keith Burns, white actors playing Eurasian/Asian characters, wore eye prostheses and bronzing cream to make themselves look more Asian. From April 1989 to May 1990, nearly 100 shows were produced under the agreement between Equity and the League of American Theaters and Producers. 33 of the shows, with 504 roles, had no ethnic minority actors and 12 other productions had only one or two ethnic actors.
Oh, and staying on topic. Remember these from a few years ago? Posted for most appropriate use of a picture of The Raincoats.
This reminds me of someone on a feminist mailing list a few years back claiming she didn’t own any music by bands with groupies. (Because groupies, like strippers, are bad feminists, and this person owned no REM, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, L7, GoGos or Indigo Girls, to name just a few.)
ETA: Garconniere’s response
when i saw these STUPID FUCKING ORIGINAL ADS when i lived in kensington market i graffitied over them any time i could. the one that said YOUR DAD WAS NOT A METROSEXUAL i graffitied to say “YOUR DAD NEVER TOLD YOU HE LOVED YOU.” i remember a few others like “YOUR DAD CRIED HIMSELF TO SLEEP” and “YOUR DAD DEALT WITH EMOTIONAL TRAUMA BY DRINKING.” definitely one of the ad campaigns that made my blood boil. i fucking hate sexism that masks its ugly face as “nostalgia.”
For those who aren’t clear—the original ads said “Your Dad Had Groupies” and featured photos of male-presenting musicians (below). The ad above is a parody. Also worth noting that the above ad has a white band as the main image, and WOC in the smaller images.