Ever had the sinking feeling in your stomach when certain people open their mouths to speak? Your thought is “please don’t let them say something dumb or stupid”. Unfortunately Raven-Symonè of ABC’s The View may not have said anything stupid or dumb but she surely didn’t miss an opportunity to try to throw a dart at the viewing public with her dislike of The Wiz Live performance. Of course she wouldn’t like it because she does not identify herself as being “black”. NBC and the cast of The Wiz Live did a great job of recreating The Wiz which by the was a Broadway play featuring Stephanie Mills and (Raven-Symonè wasn’t even born yet) we all have our views on theater, you either love it or hate it.
Those of us who are avid fans of Broadway play The Wiz as well as the remake movie version with Diana Ross, the late Michael Jackson, the late Nipsey Russell, the late Ted Ross and the late Richard Pryor were pleased and applaud the current cast for their hard work. Nothing will ever be as good as the original however give the cast and production crew credit where credit is due. Raven-Symonè should get herself abreast on what the “original” actually is.
THEY DID A GREAT JOB..THAT’S IT, THAT’S ALL !!
Read more as reported by Madame Noire:
I’m sure you already heard from Veronica Wells that The Wiz Live! gave most who watched it quite a bit of life. The songs, the dancing, the costumes–it exceeded the expectations of most The Wiz fans who tuned in.
Except for one. And you already know who you can count on to be that voice of dissent.
The ladies of The View briefly discussed the few people/trolls who took issue with the production having an all-Black cast, but before talking about that, they shared their opinions of the show. Raven-Symoné was the only one who wasn’t crazy about it. After Candace Cameron Bure had said that she thought the performances were “fantastic,” Symoné responded with “I’m a little different,” before going on to say that nothing could beat “the originals,” as she called Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.
“I have such a high bar in standard for The Wiz, being that it was Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and Stephanie Mills, that when I went into it I was like, ‘Let’s go!’ And then I just…I miss Michael. I miss Diana.”
When asked if she was saying she was disappointed with the live show, Symoné said, “I’m not going to say that word out loud,” and remarked that “I just miss the people that originated those roles.”
She continued, “It’s a hard act to follow. I loved the costumes, and I thought the singing on certain new songs and old songs were great, but on an overall, I just want to say, I miss the original people.”
But you know Twitter wasn’t having any of what Symoné was trying to serve. Those who enjoyed the show had to remind her that the live production was not based on the 1978 film, but on the Broadway play, which came to the Majestic Theater in 1975 (but started in Baltimore in 1974). So no, sis, Diana Ross, and Michael Jackson weren’t “the originals” after all.
You know Symoné just has to be the one who doesn’t like something everyone else (i.e., Black folks) rave about. But in an interesting plot twist, she did shut down those who said that the cast being full of Black people is racist.
“But can we bring up the fact that there were no Black people in the original Wizard of Oz. That’s why it was created!”
Now and then I see flickers of hope in Symoné, that she hasn’t completely gone over to the dark side. But for the most part, I think we’ve all come to the conclusion that her foray into trolldom will be a long-term thing.
What did you think of The Wiz Live!? Do you agree with Symoné or were you as impressed as we were by the live NBC production?
Source: Madame Noire