I commend Mr.Woods on his insight. There is a lot to think about in both his article and the following comments. I would only add that since it's inception, The Color Purple (the movie portrayal) has been adopted by the black community as its baby. With that being said, specifically, the black church. You will see many church member ladened buses traveling from all across the state in NY to line up excitedly to see the show. I know that The Color Purple is loved by many, but I assure you that many black people identify deeply with the voice of this film and they make up a large part of its audience. With that being said, there is a deep seated need for many blacks including church going folks to ignore homosexuality in all its forms in the past. They gloss over it in church halls, family functions and try to ignore it in thier very own families. Not all, but a good number have a difficult time discussing and accepting homosexuality as a whole. Why? Well that's a topic for another 400 year old conversation that includes perseverance, struggle and religious indoctrination. I applaud the Broadway version of this show, they are true to the nature of Alice Walker, she intended for her character to represent the soul of many black woman who were present in the early 1900's. She also wanted to include the fact that Celie was lesbian, that was an important aspect of the characters develipment and impowerment. With that being said, is it OK for some productions to water down that aspect of Colin's sexually, no. However, we need to remember the audience and be grateful for the acceptance of the film and play.I believe that as time moves on, we will see more acceptance of others differences because of people like Alice Walker addressing topics like sexuality and being bold about such taboos. Baby steps my friends, baby steps.
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