Actress Oluwaseyi Omooba was recently cast as Celie in Leicester’s Curve and Birmingham Hippodrome’s co-production of the hit Broadway musical of The Color Purple.
Birmingham Hippodrome is the UK’s most popular single auditorium theaters that attracts over half a million visitors each year.
But shortly after the announcement was made, Omooba came under fire for a hateful Facebook post she wrote in 2014 calling homosexuality unnatural and wrong.
The post was shared by Hamilton actor Aaron Lee Lambert, who tweeted: “@Seyiomooba Do you still stand by this post? Or are you happy to remain a hypocrite?”
“Seeing as you’ve now been announced to be playing an LGBTQ character,” he added, “I think you owe your LGBTQ peers an explanation. Immediately.”
@Seyiomooba Do you still stand by this post? Or are you happy to remain a hypocrite? Seeing as you’ve now been announced to be playing an LGBTQ character, I think you owe your LGBTQ peers an explanation. Immediately. pic.twitter.com/GK2xbzZYgy
— Aaron Lee Lambert (@aleelambert) March 15, 2019
Both Curve and Birmingham Hippodrome quickly issued a joint statement in response to the “historic social media post” ensuring theatergoers that they were “looking into the matter” and would release a full response in the near future.
The views expressed in the historic social media post by a member of Curve and @BrumHippodrome’s The Color Purple cast in no way reflect those held by either of our theatres. We will be looking into the matter and will issue a full response in due course.
— Curve (@CurveLeicester) March 16, 2019
Five days later, people are beginning to question when–or if–that response is ever going to come.
You need to be a little bit quicker.
— ???? RobIN ???? (@robinfq) March 18, 2019
Your silence on this matter is deafening. This is not immediate action! While I appreciate this is a difficult & complex situation for you, she should be immediately released from contract. @Seyiomooba has no place playing someone from the LGBT community. None at all. #LGBT
— Craig Davidson StN ??????????????? (@CraigDavidson85) March 19, 2019
FIRE. HER. Celie is in love with another woman! How can Omooba give truth to that?!?!
— Steven (@somedayboy) March 19, 2019
Still waiting for your “statement.” Your silence speaks volumes. Fire her already.
— Nick Ahlers (@Nma814) March 19, 2019
Take a stand @CurveLeicester. @Seyiomooba has had time to respond and clarify what she believes, she has chosen to remain silent. She will let her past hate and continued support for her dangerous father speak for itself. Her silence is deafening and your support speaks volumes. pic.twitter.com/ZHaXcnAPuW
— Brian Francis (@brianfrancis79) March 18, 2019
The fact that it’s been five days and the show’s producers still haven’t figured out how to handle the matter, or even craft a response longer than 140 characters, is definitely not a good look.
Maybe they’re still trying to figure out who to cast in Omooba’s place?
As one Queerty reader on Facebook commented: