A national multi-ethnic coalition has issued its official condemnation of Deadline‘s offensive article on Tuesday, which posited that the rise in demand for “ethnic casting” on television is leading to “reverse discrimination,” causing white actors to get passed over for jobs.
The coalition includes National Latino, African American, Asian American, and Native American groups. The groups’ official condemnation adds potent fuel to the widespread fire of outrage, which Shonda Rhimes and other TV industry figures have also expressed.
A joint statement released by American Indians in Film and Television, Asian Pacific American Media Coalition, NAACP Hollywood Bureau, and National Hispanic Media Coalition, reads:
“Shame on Deadline for giving a platform to the prejudices of a few Hollywood agents who, under the cloak of anonymity, revealed themselves to be among the entertainment industry gatekeepers reluctant to change their unfair and exclusionary practices and make way for progress.
”The inaccuracies and misconceptions the article put forth are patently offensive and reflect a larger problem of persisting racial and ethnic bias in the entertainment industry.
”Genuine progress in diversity on television is an extremely recent phenomenon and we applaud recent steps to diversify television in front and behind the camera. For full inclusion to happen, however, the entire industry’s discriminatory business model that has historically pushed out people of color needs to change.”
UCLA’s annual diversity report from its Ralph J. Bunche Center found that while people of color made “small to modest gains in several Hollywood employment arenas since the last erport, they remain [demographically] underrepresented on every front.” Despite this underrepresentation, the report also finds that “increasingly diverse audiences prefer diverse film and television content.” (Of course we do.)
Nellie Andreeva, Deadline‘s TV editor and the author of the story, does not appear to have publicly addressed the turmoil surrounding her story.