Bias & Prejudice

Disgusted Glinda and Angry Shiz Students Dancing

Poor Galinda forced to reside with someone so disgusticified. We just want to tell you: we’re all on your side! We share your loathing!

Elphaba Taking Notes in Class

You shouldn’t let ignorant statements like that bother you. I mean, I always do, but you shouldn’t.


1: Prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair

1: Preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience
2: an irrational attitude of hostility directed against an individual, a group, a race, or their supposed characteristics
3: Harm or injury that results or may result from some action or judgment

Recall three characters or moments in WICKED that display examples of “Bias & Prejudice.” What about these characters or moments displays “Bias & Prejudice” to you?

Identify a moment in your life when you encountered an example of “Bias & Prejudice.” What thoughts or feelings did this moment bring up for you? How do you feel when you reflect back on this moment now?

When have you encountered instances of “Bias & Prejudice” in your community? List three action steps you can take when you encounter “Bias & Prejudice” in your community, home, or personal life.

ADL, Learning For Justice, Hollaback!, ACLU, and Human Rights Campaign have resources and tools for learning more about standing against “Bias & Prejudice.”

We encourage you to visit these sites and explore!

“I see ‘Bias & Prejudice’ in WICKED exemplified best during the song What is This Feeling? — where both Elphaba and Glinda make judgments about each other based on appearance and perception, when in fact, we come to learn later that they actually have much in common once they get past their initial preconceived notions and give each other a chance.”

– Marina Lazzaretto, WICKED Company Member

Madame Morrible Talking to Glinda While Elphaba and Nessarose Observe