Racist Tweets Are Already Flooding in About The Wiz

THE WIZ LIVE! -- Season: 2015 -- Pictured: (l-r) Common as The Bouncer, Mary J. Blige as Evillene, Queen Latifah as The Wiz, Amber Riley as Addapearle, Uzo Aduba as Glinda, Stephanie Mills as Auntie Em, Toto, Ne-Yo as Tin-Man, Shanice Williams as Dorothy, Elijah Kelley as Scarecrow, David Alan Grier as The Cowardly Lion -- (Photo by: Paul Gilmore/NBC)

Racist Tweets Are Already Flooding in About The Wiz

But Black Twitter is quickly shutting it down.

Published December 3, 2015

The Wiz Live! hasn't even made its debut yet and some folks are already mad for one reason that's become all too expected: race.

Apparently some people are unaware that The Wiz and The Wizard of Oz aren't one in the same. The former is loosely based on the latter. While the cast of The Wizard of Oz is known for having an all-white cast, The Wiz, inversely is known for its all-Black cast — remember the 1970s adaptation featuring legends Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Lena Horne and Richard Pryor?

Well, some white folks have an issue with this because, honestly, they just don't seem to get the differentiation. Here are a couple of crazy tweets from good ol' Twitter:

The ignorance didn't get past the intelligent minds of Black Twitter as they were quickly reminded of their privilege even with something as simple as this play.

To all of the delusional and uninformed critics out there: in the words of Tamar Braxton, have several seats.

Be sure to check out The Wiz Live!, starring Queen Latifah, Ne-Yo, Mary J. Blige, Uzo Aduba, and many more, premiering on NBC, tonight (December 3).

Watch MJB talk about her stint in The Wiz Live! on the Wendy Williams Show below:

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(Photo: Paul Gilmore/NBC)

Written by Moriba Cummings


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