Disney’s Aladdin the Broadway Musical is an enchanting experience. The songs, costumes, and sets are shining, shimmering, and splendid. As mesmerizing as it is, the musical has one indisputable flaw.

In the 1992 animated film of the same name, the characters are undeniably tan-skinned. Unfortunately, the musical fails to portray this by hiring actors who are not represented by Middle Eastern, Persian, or South Asian actors. Even worse, the show uses makeup to make the actors look more “culturally” accurate.

This is highly offensive since it harkens back to minstrel shows performed during the 19th century. In these shows, white…

Bashar Khan

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