||Bit of a heads up.
A TV watchdog group commissioned a survey/analysis called
"Diversity, Not On Television" and Segovia was slammed. They
looked at the representation of 'minorities' on different stations. We
didn't have any.
The report upset the board because it was
accompanied by figures on how many minorities watch TV. Plus in the
current climate they don't want to be seen as intolerant. Our internal
surveys have said the same thing for years, but they always listen
more to outside voices. So the word is that ALL current productions
are going to have look at on-going casting requirements and see if
they cannot accommodate minority hires through creative casting.
Just letting you know what's coming.
||We're making a period drama. It's set in 1940, the major parts are cast and the extras are from a small village in Sussex. Exactly how creative am I supposed to get?
||'Do something' is the word.
We’re struggling to promote our diversity here. Evidently someone
got to one of the Board and pointed out that Olivier did Othello.
Really, you can see their point. The one authentic black role in
Shakespeare and they cast a white man. Surely you have some minor role
that is race neutral? Was England totally white in 1940?
Any chance of making the butler black or the gardener?
Actually the ethnicity isn't important. What about an Indian or
The issue here is that we don't get sued for discrimination.
||I don’t know about
England but think rural Sussex was pretty white. We’ve already cast
the gardener. Since in the book he's an old relative of the butler,
making him black seems like we'd be adding in more family history than
we're quite ready for. Anyway, we’re using the old bloke who’s
here now. The man is a natural and he'll be cheap. Anyway, we've got
an Indian as the taxi driver, so that should be worth something,
Glad to see the recent "Sensitivity In The Work
Place" seminar paid off. I know this is a private forum but if the
press got hold of this we'll be crucified. FYI Pakistan was created
after the war. China seems to have been around for a while.
||Look we're in
London this week. I'll look at the scenes with Alan and we'll do what we
Just a thought, but what about the taxi driver?
||Brilliant. The press will
murder us for that one. Classic stereotype.
He doesn’t have to be Indian. What about a pygmy?
||Well if you're going to be silly we'll just end this. I don't think you people know what it's like to be a minority!
Actually Roge, as a black woman I do constitute a minority and though I've been trying to keep out of this I feel like I have to make a couple of points.
- Stuffing a minority face into a meaningless roll does nothing to help promote diversity.
- People of different ethnicities can play all sorts of roles
- The reason for including any character is because
he or she furthers the plot and adds to the dramatic tension that is being aimed at - not because
he/she fills a quota
- While this production, with its period and class bias, may not reflect a diverse cast, the fact is that none of the TV productions that this company
produces does that. Why is that? Why does this company make nice white middle class pictures with nice white middle class people in
them? And if the answer is that this is the demographic that marketers like and feel comfortable with then it's a pretty sad world.
Sorry, but sometimes...
||You're black! How wonderful. I had no idea, but then you don't, do you? On the internet, I mean. Anyway that's great.