Some things change. For example, we have a noticeably more diverse television landscape with shows like Empire, Scandal and How To Get Away Murder being at the center of viewers’ attention.
Some things also don’t change. For example, some writers don’t think before they write. By now, you might’ve guessed this is referring to that Deadline article originally titled, “Pilots 2015: The Year of Ethnic Castings – About Time or Too Much of Good Thing?”
My co-editor-in-chief Nellie Andreeva’s goal was to convey that there was such an uptick of TV pilot casting of people of color that it pinched white actors who’ve historically gotten most of the jobs, and to question if this could last if it was being treated as a fad. All this was undermined by that headline (which we changed after the fact) and a repetition of the word “ethnic” that came off cold and insensitive.
The only appropriate way to view racial diversity in casting is to see it as a wonderful thing, and to hope that Hollywood continues to make room for people of color. The missteps were dealt with internally; we will do our best to make sure that kind of insensitivity doesn’t surface again here. As co-editors in chief, Nellie and I apologize deeply and sincerely to those who’ve been hurt by this. There is no excuse. It is important to us that Deadline readers know we understand why you felt betrayed, and that our hearts are heavy with regret. We will move forward determined to do better.
It’s also worth noting that Comedy Central added to the diversity “problem” by casting Trevor Noah as the successor to Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show.
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