Lead actress in ‘The Color Purple’ revival criticized for homophobic post

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Actress Seyi Omooba, recently cast as the lead in a revival of The Color Purple musical, is facing criticism after another musical performer shared a picture of an anti-gay post she made in 2014.

Within a day of the cast announcement of the U.K. production, a member of the Hamilton cast, Aaron Lee Lambert, shared a screencap of a Facebook post from Omooba that she made in September 2014. In the post, she says that Christians “have begun to twist the word of God” in regards to homosexuality. “I do not believe you can be born gay and i do not believe homosexuality is right, though the law of this land has made it legal doesn’t mean its [sic] right,” she wrote.

“Do you still stand by this post?” asked Lambert, tagging Omooba in his tweet. “Seeing as you’ve now been announced to be playing an LGBTQ character, I think you owe your LGBTQ peers an explanation.”

People on Twitter began questioning how Omooba could have been cast to play Celie, a bisexual woman whose relationship with another woman is a major part of the story. Others questioned why she would even take the role, given her views.

Some say that as the post was made five years ago, her views may have changed, but there’s evidence that is not the case. Some people pointed out her continued support of her father, Pastor Ade Omooba, who co-founded Christian Concern, a group that has continually advocated against LGBTQ civil rights since 2004, including advocating for gay “conversion therapy.” In addition, an actor who worked with her recently in a production of The Little Shop of Horrors said she refused to participate in making a video for Pride with the rest of the cast and crew because she “didn’t agree with it.”

The Birmingham Hippodrome and Curve Leicester released a short statement saying Omooba’s views do not reflect theirs, and that they are doing a full investigation after which they will issue a full statement.

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H/T Pink News

Alex Dalbey

Alex Dalbey

Alex Dalbey is a writer and zinester currently living in Saint Paul, Minnesota. They have written for The Daily Dot, Kill Screen, The Lingerie Addict, and Bullet Points.