TL; DR: There’s a troubling pattern of Cynthia repeatedly, deliberately, selectively *choosing* to not give respect to African-American heritage – the heritage of Harriet Tubman.
Others have unpacked that; this thread won’t.
It rests on a pattern of behavior & choices.
July 2013 - Cynthia starts playing Celie, an African-American, in the UK production of the Color Purple.
February 2017 - Cynthia's casting as Harriet Tubman announced. playbill.com/article/cynthi…
2013 might seem like long ago. It’s not. It was only 5 yrs ago. Cynthia was 26 yrs old.
Cynthia defends with a telling retweet. (RT isn't always agreement but in this situation, it seems it is.)
We invite her to re-examine her patience & knowledge, & her roles in the world and on stage.
-“You have too much time”
-“It’s not that serious”
Yes, I had time today (technically, the last 3 early mornings).
And it *is* very serious that Harriet Tubman’s sacred legacy is protected from those who disrespect her progeny & lineage. #HarrietDeservesBetter
Her response: avoid answering directly & invite Luvvie to her movie premiere on Saturday.
More tweets from '11 indicate mocking "ghetto" people was ongoing joke b/w Cynthia & friends.
Just last year, Cynthia lamented frequency of "slave" roles. There's some validity in her tweet, but it adds to current #Harriet concern
Choosing who and what is owed an explanation and apology.
Who and what is worthy of promoting and defending.
Who and what gets pedantry as a consolation prize.
These choices speak volumes about respect and integrity.