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Lillias White Wiki, Apology, Broadway, Disney, Age, Cats, Net Worth – The hearing-impaired spectator from Hadestown who Lillias White yelled at from the stage after she mistakenly thought a captioning device was a recording device is pleading with social media users to “please stop harassing” the Broadway star.
Samantha Coleman wrote in a tweet this afternoon that “Ms. White is not a malicious person, nor is she the enemy,” noting that White’s social media accounts, particularly Instagram, “have been flooded with ageist & racist comments.”
Audience Member With Hearing Loss From “Hadestown” Calls On Online Bullies To “Stop Harassing” Ingrid White
On Wednesday, Coleman was watching a performance of Hadestown from the front row of the Walter Kerr Theatre using a captioning device given by the theatre when White, one of the musical’s leading ladies, yelled at her from the stage “not once but twice, at least.” The actress believed Coleman was secretly filming the performance.
Since Coleman made the incident public with an emotional Instagram post on Wednesday night, it has received a lot of media coverage. Yesterday, the Kerr’s owners, Hadestown Productions, and Jujamcyn Theatres, said they were evaluating their internal procedures and regulations “to ensure this doesn’t happen again.”
Coleman pleaded with the public today to stop bothering the actress and to acknowledge a more serious issue: “systemic abelism in society and in the industry.”
“I ask that kindness and forgiveness be extended to Ms. White,” Coleman writes. “Ageist and racist comments have been overrun on her social media platforms, especially Instagram. Please refrain from bugging her.
In addition, Coleman acknowledges “the privilege of being a white woman” in accusing a Black woman. The antagonist of this story, according to Coleman, is “systematic abelism in society and the industry – not Ms. White,” who is not a bad person or the enemy. Education is crucial. Just be nice.
Coleman wasn’t the only one who noticed racist undertones in the outcry against White on social media. James Harkness, one of the Grammy-nominated stars of Broadway’s 2018 hit musical Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations, pointed out the disparity in reactions to White’s reprimand and those of the white Broadway star Patti LuPone, who famously stopped a 2009 performance of Gipsy when someone in the audience repeatedly used a flash camera to take photos (listen to the enthusiastic audience response to LuPone’s angry scolding here).
During a post-show talkback with the Company cast last season, LuPone humiliated an audience member wearing no mask, which quickly became the talk of Broadway and a running joke at the Tony Awards this year.
Harkness highlights the disparity in public reactions despite the limitations of the White-LuPone parallels (White did not interrupt or stop the concert, as LuPone did with Gipsy, and the Company incident did not occur during a show).
In a lengthy statement on Twitter today, Harkness added, “You do not get to pedestal ‘your’ icons and attempt to tear down others.” “Enough with the unfair treatment of some people. The hearing aid gadget was mistaken for a cell phone by Lillias. The reason behind her actions was the same as Patti’s since it is a simple error to make from the stage.
“Ms. White did not purposefully attack a disabled theatre patron,” the actor added. However, many are purposefully framing comments that way in an effort to embarrass Ms. White. This is dishonourable and unfair. Sincerely, NO PERSON has the authority to pause a musical or play in order to use a device to address a member of the audience. We have stage and house management for this reason. However, if you’re going to compliment Patti while telling Lillias that “it’s not your job to interrupt a show over a phone issue,” then prejudice is present and needs to be called out.