Analysis Of The Article ' Miss Saigon Ended ' Essay

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Miss Saigon Completely Misses the Mark: A Letter to Stevenson 's Theater Department

Addressing non-overt discrimination is taboo. Those who protest blatant discrimination are rightfully lauded, but those who protest the less-obvious instances are deemed "petty" and "whiny" and "purposefully troublemaking." It is more socially acceptable to fight against blatant discrimination. It is blatant discrimination that elicits horror. It is blatant discrimination that elicits united public response. But it is subtle discrimination that breeds. It is subtle discrimination that persists and eventually manifests itself in more obvious ways. It is subtle discrimination that we need to address right now.
The first time I was introduced to the phrase “Miss Saigon,” I was driving past Stevenson. On the electronic sign in front of the school: “Auditions for Miss Saigon!” My stomach sank when I read the line. In that moment, I literally asked myself if Stevenson was running some perverse “ethnic” beauty pageant.
Actually, I wasn’t far off.
Now, don’t get me wrong. What follows is by no means a criticism of the theater department itself. It is not a criticism of the hard work that students and staff have put into the play’s production; it is not a criticism of the artistry -- the music, the singing, the acting -- within the performance itself. But this is a criticism of Stevenson’s failure to properly research the controversy surrounding the play. This is a criticism of Stevenson’s…

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