In yesterday’s winner of the “Onion Headline or Actual Journalism?” award of the day, Nellie Andreeva of Deadline posted an article titled “Pilots 2015: The year of Ethnic Castings — About Time or Too Much of a Good Thing?” In the piece, Andreeva writes — as many others have before her — that the successes of new series like Empire and Fresh Off the Boat have led to a surge in “ethnic castings” during this year’s pilot season.
However, instead of applauding these long-overdue changes, as her fellow observers have, Andreeva wonders if “the pendulum might have swung a bit too far in the opposite direction.” Because now, some parts are designed specifically for actors of color. There are now parts that white actors can’t audition for.
You know the feeling you get when you’re so dumbfounded by someone’s argument — at how poor the logic is, how absurd their points are — that words completely escape you? That you don’t even know how to respond, because doing so would require you to articulate facts so basic that you’ve long taken them for granted, like that the sky is blue or the sun is hot? That’s exactly how I felt by the end of Andreeva’s article. On a logical level, I was completely flabbergasted. And I was personally bothered, too.