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Tennessee Opera silent about outrage over its yellowface Madame Butterfly production

The Knoxville Opera’s 2019 production of Madame Butterfly is done entirely in yellowface

The Knoxville Opera is facing a social media backlash over its hiring of an entirely non-Asian cast for its production of Madame Butterfly, reports 10 News.

Making matters worse to some, Resonate reports the opera used a stock photo of an Asian actress not in the show and another of an Asian actress from a previous production of Madame Butterfly to promote its latest show.

Cover up? The Asian woman depicted in this promotional photo of Madame Butterfly is not in the 2019 production, but from a previous show done nine years earlier.

” Besides the fact that Madame Butterfly is already a problematic piece(it’s an Asian-fetish tale about buying a 15-year-old girl for sex), there is literally no excuse for any type of “face” in any type of theatre production in 2019,” wrote Chris Peterson for OnStage Blog.

“This time that we live in now asks and demands of us equality and representation across the board in every aspect,” said H. Caitlin Corbit, the artistic director of the Tennessee Stage Company.

The show only had a two show run and is already closed. The Knoxville Opera has so far not publicly commented on the controversy.

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