British woman fired for REFUSING to wear blackface makeup
Damned if you do, damned if you don't
"An actress, who claimed she was axed from a production of South Pacific after refusing to 'black up,' has been thrown out of her amateur operatic group.
Ros Broad, from South Petherton, Somerset, was horrified when cast members were ordered to coat their faces in ‘mahogany brown’ make-up for the Yeovil Amateur Operatic Society (YAOS) show.
She and three other actors refused to don the face paint and were axed from the production she claims. Following a meeting on Monday, Mrs Broad has also had her 20-year membership with the group revoked. It is thought the other members who refused to wear the face paint are still members of the society.
Now YAOS could be referred to the Equality and Human Rights Commission by a race relations charity after singing teacher Mrs Broad was left ‘humiliated’ by the ordeal.
Somerset Racial Equality Council’s David Onamade said he would be looking for answers from YAOS and could take the matter to the Equality and Human Rights Commission. 'I think the group is ill-advised and this amounts to victimisation,' he said.