‘The Wiz’ blasted as racist for its all-black cast

Promotional poster for "The Wiz"

Promotional poster for "The Wiz"

As is all too often the case, the internet needs to better utilize its Googling powers.

Social media are now up in arms over the all-black version of The Wiz set to air on NBC tonight, calling it racism. And reverse-racism.

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The Wiz, of course, is the landmark 1975 Broadway musical that has a killer 1978 film adaptation starring Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Lena Horne and Richard Pryor, among others.

It was written to feature an all-black cast, and based on The Wizard of OZ.

That other musical also got a film version you might recall. It features an all-white cast.

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But according to some very misguided Tweeters, NBC’s Wiz is totally racist.

Check out the logic:

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h/t BuzzFeed

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