White Theatre Director Faces Backlash after Receiving Funding Intended for Black and Ethnic Minorities – 白人剧院导演在接受黑人和少数民族资助后面临反弹。

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05 Nov 2018

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White Theatre Director Faces Backlash after Receiving Funding Intended for Black and Ethnic Minorities

5 Nov 2018

Anthony Ekundayo Lennon, born to Irish parents but describes himself as ‘mixed-heritage’, won a theatre job meant to go to a BAME applicant

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White Theatre Director Faces Backlash after Receiving Funding Intended for Black and Ethnic Minorities - 白人剧院导演在接受黑人和少数民族资助后面临反弹。

Anthony Ekundayo Lennon. Courtesy: Twitter

Theatre director Anthony Ekundayo Lennon is at the centre of a controversy after it was discovered he was awarded a job intended for people from Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds despite being born to white Irish parents and previously identifying as white.

Lennon, who heads Talawa Theatre Company based at Rich Mix, East London, was one of four people who won a awarded a two-year full-time residential traineeship funded by a GBP£406,500 grant from Arts Council England. The programme was aimed at aiding theatre practitioners of colour establish themselves in an industry of predominately white men.

Having worked as a ‘black’ actor for more than 30 years, Lennon had applied for the position as a person of ‘mixed-heritage’ despite discussing his white identity in an episode of BBC series Everyman in the early 1990s. The programme explores then 24-year old Lennon’s adoption of a new identity and a Nigerian middle name. Lennon claimed to have ‘gone through the struggles of a black man’ after receiving brutal racists abuse due to his physical features. ‘When my hair was shorter it looked like a little afro and people just assumed you’re half-caste,’ he said on the show.

Speaking to the Sunday Times, the organization who distributed the funding said that they were satisfied Lennon was ‘eligible for the opportunity as a result of a relationship with him over a number of years, in which he has identified as a mixed-heritage individual.’ Arts Council England added that this ‘unusual case’ shouldn’t undermine ‘the support we provide to black and minority ethnic people.’

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新闻/新闻2018年11月5日Anthony Ekundayo Lennon出生于爱尔兰父母,但自称是“混合遗产”,他赢得了一份戏剧工作,打算去BAME应聘者body_anthony_ekundayo_lennon.jpg White Theatre Director Faces Backlash after Receiving Funding Intended for Black and Ethnic Minorities - 白人剧院导演在接受黑人和少数民族资助后面临反弹。。Anthony Ekundayo Lennon。礼貌:Twitter剧院导演安东尼·埃昆达约·列侬(Anthony Ekundayo Lennon)发现自己被授予了一份专为来自黑亚裔和少数民族(BAME)背景的人们设计的工作,尽管出生于白种爱尔兰父母,而且以前也认同这种身份,现在却成了争议的中心。G为白色。列侬是位于东伦敦Rich Mix的塔拉瓦剧院公司的负责人,他是四位获得英国艺术委员会406500英镑赠款资助的两年全日制住宿实习金的人之一。该计划旨在帮助剧院从业者在白人为主的行业中建立起自己的肤色。在担任“黑人”演员30多年后,列侬申请了“混合血统”这个职位,尽管在上世纪90年代早期BBC连续剧《普通人》的一集中讨论了他的白人身份。实体和尼日利亚中间名。列侬声称他曾经“经历过一个黑人的斗争”,因为他的身体特征遭到了种族主义者的野蛮虐待。他在节目中说:“当我的头发变短的时候,它看起来像一个小黑人,人们只是以为你是半种姓。”在接受《星期日泰晤士报》采访时,负责分配这笔资金的该组织表示,他们满意列侬“有资格获得这个机会,这是由于多年来与他的关系造成的,他已经认定列侬是一个混合遗产的个人。”这一“不寻常事件”不应该削弱“我们对黑人和少数民族的支持”。


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