Here's Max's Blog entry:
Therefore, if one wishes to be a participant in the performing arts, there is not really any room for reactionary ideologies or bias. Of course, everyone, whether they admit to it or not, possesses some level of existing biases. But in a setting where diversity is not only celebrated but critical to the survival of an art form, for someone involved in a production to express opinions which might disparage or even dehumanize a given group of people, or a single person holding a specific identity, is not only dangerous, but halts any progress of a production.
That is not to say that shows couldn’t be better about representing a wider range of experiences. Yes, Hamilton continues to bring in high amounts of revenue, and shows such as Falsettos and Angels in America which portray LGBT persons were recently revived. But the institution of theater (and all art forms really) needs to make a significant effort to create space for diversity, and make a point to not just celebrate it, but prioritize it.
I am just one person given a platform by GEM Theatrics. But I have seen firsthand what disrespecting diversity can lead to in the context of the performing arts. Talent should come first when selecting a cast for a production. And yet for a person, who shall remain nameless, to admit to subscribing to a specific ideology which considers diversity to be damaging to society, to audition for a show that was incredibly controversial for its willingness to call out such persons, should not even be considered, and in this case was rightfully not cast.
If you strive to be professional, as a participant of the arts, not only must you respect diversity, you must be an advocate for it.