Are Black Actors Unfairly taking Roles from White Actors?

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Are Black Actors Unfairly taking Roles from White Actors? | Chocolate Informed

by Black America Web and

Has casting blacks in TV roles gone 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. And seems like some roles  off-limits for Caucasian actors.

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.”

How sad! Black actors are finally able to get their beyond the threshold of the doorway and have made it to prime time shows, but we’ve only done so because we’re unfairly taking these roles from White actors?

What should be a celebration of the amount of faces of color we’ve been able to experience on prime time TV has turned into a whine session on Deadline about Black actors in lead roles of shows that are killing the ratings game right now, as if we don’t deserve the roles in the first place.

Prime time shows like “Scandal” and “How To Get Away With Murder” truly set the tone for leading Black actresses with a diverse supporting cast. Viola Davis‘ role in “HTGAWM” wasn’t originally for a Black woman, but Shonda Rhimes knew that she would be perfect for the role.

Read the article Ethnic Casting Deadline Article | Black America Web


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