Wednesday, March 28, 2007

I Thought It Was Just My Parents.


From Extras, “Episode 6: Patrick Stewart”:


Maggie, a career movie extra, enters her messy single apartment and checks her answering machine. She has one message:

"Hello, dear. It’s your daddy here. Um, with your mummy. Um, uh, nothing important--”

"Oh, give it to me. Hallo, dear. Great news about Andy. We're so pleased for him. And it just got us thinking that maybe you should try and do something with your life. I mean, your dad and I aren't expecting anything spectacular. We were just thinking maybe a wee job you could be proud of. You know, we love you so much. We hate to think of you growing old and being poor and living in squalor and dying a spinster. So just give us a call to put our minds at rest that you're not just frittering your life away. Would you? Okay? And if things get any worse, you can always come back home. We've still got your room."

"Well it's sort of my study now."

"We could easily squeeze in a tiny, wee single bed. All right then, give us a call, sweetheart. Bye for now."

"Bye, dear."

The message ends.

Maggie, now slumped on her couch, mercilessly beaten by this parental psychological onslaught, responds to the machine with a downtrodden, "Bye."

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In other news, here are some articles, found via Racialicious and Feministing, that have intrigued me this week:

Kal Penn turns into a Professor. To teach at University of Pennsylvania.

Building an Old Girls' Club
, including links to High Power and High Heels, and Male Attorneys: Totally Victimized. Hee!

Also, check out, Women-Only Networking Events & The Law, if only for quality comments, like:

My father once said “Son, if there’s a sign on the door stating ‘Irish Need Not Apply’ that means you, so keep walking.” I feel the same about these women-pnly [sic] events and I don’t attend.

And:

...they don’t really welcome male participation and membership and they just say that so people won’t complain. The idea that these events marginalize women is a crock. These events are exclusionary and the exclusion is often premised on negative stereotypes about men.

Really? Apparently if women who work in the male-dominated arenas of business and law decide to get together to support each other, this is in some way discriminatory towards men. Yeah. Okay.

Here's another gem about including non-white people on the TV: Diversity Rewrites Prime-time Script, by A.J. Frutkin/Mediaweek.

...casting scripted and nonscripted shows is vastly different.

Scripted series demand talent from actors, whereas nonscripted programs often hinge more on personality from cast members. And when acting talent is removed from the casting mix, "you have the entire U.S. population to choose from," said Peter Golden, evp of talent and casting at CBS. White, black or otherwise, Golden said finding the right actor for the right role is a much more challenging process. "You're looking for people with the skill to deliver certain characters, and very often with the strength to carry an entire series on their backs," he said...


What exactly are Frutkin and Golden saying? That “ethnic” people don’t have talent, but they do have personality? And how do they explain the almost exclusively white casts on nonscripted shows like The Bachelor and Maui Fever? What a crock.

And then:

...CBS took enormous heat earlier this season for splitting the cast of Survivor: Cook Islands into four ethnic groups: African Americans, Asians, Caucasians and Latinos. But finding contestants to fill each of those teams forced the network's casting department to aggressively recruit within those ethnic communities.

Whether "grabbing people off the street," as Golden said, or advertising on ethnic Web sites, CBS helped establish recruitment policies that likely will be used to funnel diverse casts into other reality programs...


Yeah, CBS took deserved heat for their Separate but Equal Survivor: Race Wars edition last year, which yes, I did already write about. But I still remained shocked at the ineptitude of the people running casting for CBS. The population of Los Angeles is over 44% Latino, and the casting department needed to advertise on "ethnic Web sites" to recruit people? Now I know I have a problem finding black friends, but really. Is it that hard to find brown-skinned camera whores in Hollywood?

Finally, from Racialicious, Where da white women at? Details Magazine plays up on racial stereotypes, a response to the article, Meet the Mandingos, on the
Details blog.

Oh dear. And I thought Gay or Asian? was bad.

1 comment:

Stephanie said...

That is soo funny! I wish I had HBO. Oh and did you actually see the "race" survivor? They switched up the teams like the 2nd episode. So all the hoopla was just for ratings. And this season is actually very diverse. I'm glad they didn't go back to just all white people and the token minority. Yes, I'm a survivor addict!