Posted in: Azteclady Speaks
Tags:diversity, racism, stupidity, TV Show
So apparently it doesn’t matter that about forty percent of the population of the US is not white–look here–there are those out there who are positively alarmed that so many *snort* tv shows are explicitly asking for actors of color from casting directors and agents.
From deadline.com (oh, and that’s a donotlink link–I’m not giving them any hits):
But, as is the case with any sea change, the pendulum might have swung a bit too far in the opposite direction. Instead of opening the field for actors of any race to compete for any role in a color-blind manner, there has been a significant number of parts designated as ethnic this year, making them off-limits for Caucasian actors, some agents signal. Many pilot characters this year were listed as open to all ethnicities, but when reps would call to inquire about an actor submission, they frequently have been told that only non-Caucasian actors would be considered. “Basically 50% of the roles in a pilot have to be ethnic, and the mandate goes all the way down to guest parts,” one talent representative said.
Are they really that stupid, biased, narrow minded, racist, bigoted, etc?
Oh yes, they are.
And of course, it’s not like long running series have a 20 to 1 minority ratio–I’m looking at you, Criminal Minds.
Or the many, many long running tv shows–pretty much any daytime soap opera–where any minority characters are comic relief, the sidekick, the criminal, or the background ‘color.’
Pendulum gone to far, my non-lily white ass.
And just for the hell of it, look here as well.