There’s been some pretty harsh comments coming out over the past few days about YouTube/Strictly star Joe Sugg joining the cast of Waitress in the West End.
People saying that he should be ashamed of himself for taking the role, when it could have gone to a trained actor instead.
I think this is a really unfair thing to say – if someone offered me a role in a West End show, I’d jump at the chance (despite having no training or even being able to sing). We shouldn’t be blaming celebrities for taking roles that are offered to them. If you want to direct your dissatisfaction with the casting decisions made, this should be directed to the casting director or producers who gave them the role.
Celebrity or not, we are all just trying to navigate our way through this life we have been given and no one should be made to feel bad for taking an opportunity that is presented to them. Whether they are any good is another matter but whilst they are helping to sell tickets (which may stop a show from having to close early and put many ‘trained’ actors out of work) we should be embracing them and wishing them luck. At least until we have gone to see them perform ourselves and can make an informed decision about whether they were cast well or not.
I didn’t know who Joe Sugg was before now but I am looking forward to seeing what he has to offer the role in Waitress.
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