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Jimmy Failla sounds off on 'Lion King' interpreter's firing: 'The left has become cultural arsonists'

'Fox Across America' host Jimmy Failla weighs in after a sign-language interpreter for the Broadway show 'Lion King' claimed he was fired for being White.

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A White sign language interpreter claims he was fired from "The Lion King" Broadway musical because producers wanted a person of color translating the dialogue of the mostly Black cast. 

If the allegation proves true, there's NO DOUBT Americans would vote for this as "the most ridiculous social justice crusade of the year." Although there is SOME DOUBT those votes would be counted on time in Arizona and Nevada.

53-year-old Keith Wann has filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the non-profit Theater Development Fund, which staffs Broadway plays with American Sign Language interpreters. His filing includes an email from the group's head of staffing stating that although "he was an amazing ASL performer, he is not a black person and therefore should not be representing the Lion King as the majority of characters are black actors and the content takes place in Africa." 

Sign language interpreter Keith Wann joins 'FOx and Friends' on Nov. 14, 2022. The Minskoff Theatre advertises "The Lion King" on West 44th street between Broadway and Eighth avenue.

Sign language interpreter Keith Wann joins 'FOx and Friends' on Nov. 14, 2022. The Minskoff Theatre advertises "The Lion King" on West 44th street between Broadway and Eighth avenue. (Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

BROADWAY’S ‘THE LION KING’ IS FACING LAWSUIT FOR ALLEGEDLY FIRING SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETER FOR BEING WHITE

So, if you're keeping score at home, Broadway, aka the Great Woke Way, does not want a White man signing the words of Black actors in a pretend story called "The Lion King" because that's some sort of cultural appropriation. Yet it's perfectly fine to have Black actors portraying the White men who founded this country in "Hamilton." 

Karith Foster blasts Broadway for allegedly firing 'Lion King' interpreter for his race: 'Woke gone wrong'Video

It's a double standard big enough to drive an oversized SUV through but be careful because it'll cost you $200 bucks to park it in Times Square. 

This brings me to my next point. There are so many things to be offended by at a Broadway play, from the large cost of attending to the small size of the seats, that I don't think anyone had the sign language interpreter's skin color in their top ten. Seriously. I'm still paying interest on a hot pretzel I bought my son at the "SpongeBob" musical, and that play was canceled in 2018. If we're really looking for justice, let's get MasterCard on the phone. 

BROADWAY'S WOKE ‘TRIGGER WARNINGS’ AND ‘MORAL PREENING’ RIPPED IN WASHINGTON POST OPINION PIECE

Our country is being plagued by a scourge of cultural arsonists on the left who like to set racial fires simply so they can extinguish them and claim valor or virtue for doing so. 

'The Five' reacts to 'Lion King' interpreter allegedly fired for being WhiteVideo

It's a self-serving effort to claim moral superiority by pointing out to the world that they're more in tune with the suffering of minority communities than the rest of us. 

We saw this two years ago when a San Francisco school district was exploring the possibility of removing Abraham Lincoln's name off a high school because in their eyes he hadn't done enough to demonstrate that Black lives mattered to him. 

In the end, it went nowhere because it's hard to racially gaslight the country over the president who ended slavery. But, things got so dicey in the summer of 2020 that my son Lincoln started going by his middle name, O.J. 

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The problem with these woke crusades is every attempt to highlight their connection to minority communities showcases just how out of touch they are with the real struggles. 

FILE -- Director/Producer Jon Favreau attends the World Premiere of Disney's "THE LION KING" at the Dolby Theatre on July 09, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

FILE -- Director/Producer Jon Favreau attends the World Premiere of Disney's "THE LION KING" at the Dolby Theatre on July 09, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Jimmy Failla is the host of "Fox Across America" which airs weekdays from 12-3 on Fox News Radio / Fox Nation / FoxNewsRadio.Com. Follow him on Twitter @jimmyfailla.

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