The musical theatre competition said it cancelled the 2020 award after semifinalists were ‘targeted’. The top 30 say it's not true.https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/rob-guest-endowment-finalists-deny-bullying-claims_au_5f692506c5b6a9b19b3d582e
Australian endowment fund @RobGuestRGE picks 30 white semi-finalists for $50K prize.
Storm of protest ensues.
Fund's first response is the classic 'we don't see colour' #meritocracy myth. (The Twitter account has been notably silent since).
Fund cancels award for 2020 to 'protect' semi-finalists from bullying. Because everyone knows white people need protection from First Nations people and POC.
Also- the #microaggressions in the cancellation notice!
Wait- there was something in your charter that was previously thought to *not include* (or worse- actively prevent) #DiversityAndInclusion?
30 white semi-finalists, all aged 18-25 as per the scholarship conditions, hit back.
They were going to *resign en masse* before the Fund (without telling them first) cancelled the award for 2020.
Because THIS from director Dean Bryant-
'What has particularly infuriated me during this ongoing saga is the fallacy that not enough talented POC entered this year...ALREADY THIS YEAR THERE WERE ENOUGH POC OF EXTRAORDINARY TALENT TO BE SEMI-FINALISTS.'
No one likes getting criticised, especially when they are attempting to do good work. I certainly don’t. But if you are serious about wanting to grow, to live as full a life as you have…https://bryantandfrank.wordpress.com/2020/09/18/on-the-cancellation-of-the-2020-rob-guest-endowment-and-the-events-that-led-to-it/
Today, an open letter to the endowment was released from 547 performers. The letter came as a response to the events cancellation, which the RGE committeehttps://aussietheatre.com.au/news/500-performers-sign-open-letter-to-rob-guest-endowment-committee