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Published On: Wed, Nov 1st, 2017

Brandeis University nixed Michael Weller for ‘overtly racist’ attacks on Black Lives Matter

Brandeis University in Massachusetts scrapped plans for a campus performance of a Michael Weller play accused of being critical of the Black Lives Matter movement.

The private university announced recently that it had cancelled plans to present the play “Buyer Beware” on its campus after students and alumni complained the production “seeks to vilify” black voices and issued concerns because its script includes a white protagonist who uses the n-word as part of a comedy routine.

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Complaints over its content have pushed the play off campus, with an alumnus calling the play “overtly racist” and an outspoken student saying it elevated “the already privileged voice of a white man on the matter of Black Lives Matter protests.”

The fictional play from  famous playwright and Brandeis alumnus Weller is now slated to be performed at a yet-to-be-announced professional venue, according to the university.

In a statement provided to The College Fix, Brandeis said the production’s cancellation was a “mutual and amicable decision.”

“Following open and productive conversations between [Weller] and faculty from the Theater department and the Division of Creative arts, together we decided to engage with the play through a rigorous, team-taught course next semester, while [Weller] will premiere the play in a professional venue,” the university said in its statement.

According to The Brandeis Hoot, “Buyer Beware” “deals with the modern atmosphere of college protest movements” and its plot revolves around a white Brandeis student named Ron who plans to perform a stand-up routine on campus “in the style of Lenny Bruce.”

“In the play, a white college student wants to use the n-word in a comedy routine, which spurs on a national movement for Black Lives Matter,” according to The Hoot.

The university said it will offer a course this spring that “will engage directly with a variety of controversial works of art” and “address difficult topics.”

 

 

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