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Royal Court Theatre Has Changed the Character’s Name After Antisemitism Charges

09.11.2021
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A theater in London that faced antisemitism charges apologized for giving a character a Jewish-sounding name. The play where the billionaire character is featured will premiere later this week.

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On Saturday, the Royal Court Theatre changed the name Hershel Fink in the playwright title Rare Earth Mettle written by Al Smith. According to t theatre, the character, which closely matches Elon Musk, is not Jewish. Moreover, the play doesn’t refer to any Jewish identity.

The theater, which is part of the English Stage Company, wrote on its Instagram account that the writer is deeply sorry for the harm caused and immediately renamed the character Henry Finn.

Such a statement followed criticism on social media. On Twitter, the name of the character based on the Tesla founder was considered antisemitic and stereotyped by some of the professionals in the entertainment industry in the United Kingdom.

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