Broadway’s ‘The Lion King’ Sued For Firing Sign Interpreter For Being White

White ASL interpreter Keith Wann says the decision to fire him is "illegal."
Attendees watch a virtual reality headset presentation of Disney On Broadway shows including The Lion King during the Walt Disney D23 Expo in Anaheim, California on September 9, 2022. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP) (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • ASL interpreter Keith Wann claimed he received an email from the Theatre Development Fund accessibility programs noting that “it’s no longer appropriate to have White interpreters represent Black characters for ASL Broadway shows.”
  • “I just looked at it and said, ‘What they’re saying here — I think this is illegal,’” Wann said.
  • Wann was reportedly set to make $1,000 per show, but decided to sue because “wrong is wrong.”

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