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CBS to Require All Reality Shows to Have 50% Non-White Casts
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BTR1701
2020-11-09 23:05:08 UTC
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CBS, the broadcaster of reality shows SURVIVOR, THE AMAZING RACE and BIG
BROTHER, will require 50% of casts of unscripted programs to be non-white
next season, marking the latest push by Hollywood to diversify. The
network, part of ViacomCBS Inc., also vowed Monday to allocate at least 25%
of its unscripted development budgets to projects created by producers who
are black, indigenous, or people of color. Reality shows like SURVIVOR and
BIG BROTHER have drawn criticism over the years for seeming to condone
racism and not representing minorities well enough in their casts. The
changes are part of a broader reckoning over the way media companies treat
minorities on screen and off.

"The reality TV genre is an area that's especially underrepresented, and
needs to be more inclusive across development, casting, production, and all
phases of storytelling," George Cheeks, CBS Entertainment Group's president
and chief executive officer, said in a statement announcing the changes.

The requirements and targets only apply to shows branded under CBS. Other
networks owned by the parent company, ViacomCBS, aren't included in the
guidelines.
moviePig
2020-11-09 23:53:03 UTC
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CBS, the broadcaster of reality shows SURVIVOR, THE AMAZING RACE and BIG
BROTHER, will require 50% of casts of unscripted programs to be non-white
next season, marking the latest push by Hollywood to diversify. The
network, part of ViacomCBS Inc., also vowed Monday to allocate at least 25%
of its unscripted development budgets to projects created by producers who
are black, indigenous, or people of color. Reality shows like SURVIVOR and
BIG BROTHER have drawn criticism over the years for seeming to condone
racism and not representing minorities well enough in their casts. The
changes are part of a broader reckoning over the way media companies treat
minorities on screen and off.
"The reality TV genre is an area that's especially underrepresented, and
needs to be more inclusive across development, casting, production, and all
phases of storytelling," George Cheeks, CBS Entertainment Group's president
and chief executive officer, said in a statement announcing the changes.
The requirements and targets only apply to shows branded under CBS. Other
networks owned by the parent company, ViacomCBS, aren't included in the
guidelines.
While I often agree about the inanity of many PC measures (especially in
connection with the arts) this one seems to have a bit of logic behind
it. Reality TV that purports to assemble a merely "engaging" collection
of people -- chosen by committee rather than by artistic vision -- could
do our perceptions an easy favor by reflecting our entire population.
thinbluemime2
2020-11-10 00:07:17 UTC
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CBS, the broadcaster of reality shows SURVIVOR, THE AMAZING RACE and BIG
BROTHER, will require 50% of casts of unscripted programs to be non-white
next season, marking the latest push by Hollywood to diversify. The
network, part of ViacomCBS Inc., also vowed Monday to allocate at least 25%
of its unscripted development budgets to projects created by producers who
are black, indigenous, or people of color. Reality shows like SURVIVOR and
BIG BROTHER have drawn criticism over the years for seeming to condone
racism and not representing minorities well enough in their casts. The
changes are part of a broader reckoning over the way media companies treat
minorities on screen and off.
"The reality TV genre is an area that's especially underrepresented, and
needs to be more inclusive across development, casting, production, and all
phases of storytelling," George Cheeks, CBS Entertainment Group's president
and chief executive officer, said in a statement announcing the changes.
The requirements and targets only apply to shows branded under CBS. Other
networks owned by the parent company, ViacomCBS, aren't included in the
guidelines.
While I often agree about the inanity of many PC measures (especially in
connection with the arts) this one seems to have a bit of logic behind
it.  Reality TV that purports to assemble a merely "engaging" collection
of people -- chosen by committee rather than by artistic vision -- could
do our perceptions an easy favor by reflecting our entire population.
I am a survivor living in a racially mixed town. I see enough monkey
business in reality already without needing to watch it on TV.

My 6 pack of surveillance cameras provide all the viewing enjoyment I
can handle.

( I have a new neighbor, who for whatever reason, only arrives after
dark, parks his car, gets out, runs to his back yard, -which camera
number 2 sees as clear as day with infrared lighting invisible to the
human eye-, and proceeds to piss all over the chain-link fence. And
that's just one example of the free wifi streaming I get)


Gawd Blesh Uh-mer-kan programming ! The chain-link fence is beginning to
rust, will update soon on episode number 2 from camera number 2.





(This has been a 6 camera production, filmed before a live studio
audience, with your moderator, the mime)
Adam H. Kerman
2020-11-10 00:49:09 UTC
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CBS, the broadcaster of reality shows SURVIVOR, THE AMAZING RACE and BIG
BROTHER, will require 50% of casts of unscripted programs to be non-white
next season, marking the latest push by Hollywood to diversify. The
network, part of ViacomCBS Inc., also vowed Monday to allocate at least 25%
of its unscripted development budgets to projects created by producers who
are black, indigenous, or people of color. Reality shows like SURVIVOR and
BIG BROTHER have drawn criticism over the years for seeming to condone
racism and not representing minorities well enough in their casts. The
changes are part of a broader reckoning over the way media companies treat
minorities on screen and off.
"The reality TV genre is an area that's especially underrepresented, and
needs to be more inclusive across development, casting, production, and all
phases of storytelling," George Cheeks, CBS Entertainment Group's president
and chief executive officer, said in a statement announcing the changes.
The requirements and targets only apply to shows branded under CBS. Other
networks owned by the parent company, ViacomCBS, aren't included in the
guidelines.
While I often agree about the inanity of many PC measures (especially in
connection with the arts) this one seems to have a bit of logic behind
it. Reality TV that purports to assemble a merely "engaging" collection
of people -- chosen by committee rather than by artistic vision -- could
do our perceptions an easy favor by reflecting our entire population.
The boys all look like underwear models, and the girls are sizzling hot.

Uh, yeah: The producers were going for engaging. Good one, moviePig. The
weren't even going for reality.
thinbluemime2
2020-11-10 01:08:12 UTC
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https://www.bloombergquint.com/onweb/cbs-will-require-reality-shows-to-have-50-non-white-casts
CBS, the broadcaster of reality shows SURVIVOR, THE AMAZING RACE and BIG
BROTHER, will require 50% of casts of unscripted programs to be non-white
next season, marking the latest push by Hollywood to diversify. The
network, part of ViacomCBS Inc., also vowed Monday to allocate at least 25%
of its unscripted development budgets to projects created by producers who
are black, indigenous, or people of color. Reality shows like SURVIVOR and
BIG BROTHER have drawn criticism over the years for seeming to condone
racism and not representing minorities well enough in their casts. The
changes are part of a broader reckoning over the way media companies treat
minorities on screen and off.
"The reality TV genre is an area that's especially underrepresented, and
needs to be more inclusive across development, casting, production, and all
phases of storytelling," George Cheeks, CBS Entertainment Group's president
and chief executive officer, said in a statement announcing the changes.
The requirements and targets only apply to shows branded under CBS. Other
networks owned by the parent company, ViacomCBS, aren't included in the
guidelines.
While I often agree about the inanity of many PC measures (especially in
connection with the arts) this one seems to have a bit of logic behind
it. Reality TV that purports to assemble a merely "engaging" collection
of people -- chosen by committee rather than by artistic vision -- could
do our perceptions an easy favor by reflecting our entire population.
The boys all look like underwear models, and the girls are sizzling hot.
Uh, yeah: The producers were going for engaging. Good one, moviePig. The
weren't even going for reality.
My wi-fi streaming surveillance camera service recently recorded in
real-time, a nappy-headed negro dry humping a fat stringy haired white
girl. Consider that an episode two preview of coming attractions.

It wasn't hot, I bout puked, and then laughed my ass off... details later

If reality TV reflected reality, only the camera operators would watch it.
Adam H. Kerman
2020-11-10 00:45:55 UTC
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CBS, the broadcaster of reality shows SURVIVOR, THE AMAZING RACE and BIG
BROTHER, will require 50% of casts of unscripted programs to be non-white
next season, marking the latest push by Hollywood to diversify. The
network, part of ViacomCBS Inc., also vowed Monday to allocate at least 25%
of its unscripted development budgets to projects created by producers who
are black, indigenous, or people of color. Reality shows like SURVIVOR and
BIG BROTHER have drawn criticism over the years for seeming to condone
racism and not representing minorities well enough in their casts. The
changes are part of a broader reckoning over the way media companies treat
minorities on screen and off.
"The reality TV genre is an area that's especially underrepresented, and
needs to be more inclusive across development, casting, production, and all
phases of storytelling," George Cheeks, CBS Entertainment Group's president
and chief executive officer, said in a statement announcing the changes.
The requirements and targets only apply to shows branded under CBS. Other
networks owned by the parent company, ViacomCBS, aren't included in the
guidelines.
Repeating: CBS is trolling anim here.

Where is the snark?

I say again: Where is the snark?
Dimensional Traveler
2020-11-10 02:25:58 UTC
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https://www.bloombergquint.com/onweb/cbs-will-require-reality-shows-to-have-50-non-white-casts
CBS, the broadcaster of reality shows SURVIVOR, THE AMAZING RACE and BIG
BROTHER, will require 50% of casts of unscripted programs to be non-white
next season, marking the latest push by Hollywood to diversify. The
network, part of ViacomCBS Inc., also vowed Monday to allocate at least 25%
of its unscripted development budgets to projects created by producers who
are black, indigenous, or people of color. Reality shows like SURVIVOR and
BIG BROTHER have drawn criticism over the years for seeming to condone
racism and not representing minorities well enough in their casts. The
changes are part of a broader reckoning over the way media companies treat
minorities on screen and off.
"The reality TV genre is an area that's especially underrepresented, and
needs to be more inclusive across development, casting, production, and all
phases of storytelling," George Cheeks, CBS Entertainment Group's president
and chief executive officer, said in a statement announcing the changes.
The requirements and targets only apply to shows branded under CBS. Other
networks owned by the parent company, ViacomCBS, aren't included in the
guidelines.
Repeating: CBS is trolling anim here.
Where is the snark?
I say again: Where is the snark?
A shriveled up corpse lost in the desert.
--
<to be filled in at a later date>
Ian J. Ball
2020-11-10 02:52:31 UTC
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CBS, the broadcaster of reality shows SURVIVOR, THE AMAZING RACE and BIG
BROTHER, will require 50% of casts of unscripted programs to be non-white
next season, marking the latest push by Hollywood to diversify.
Wow, I used to think Anim was overselling it when he called CBS "the
racist eye". But with every passing week, it becomes more and more
clear that he's not.

It's disappointing that CBS failed to do the right thing, and require
the casts to be 100% "non-white" - that would have been real social
justice!!
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"Who would ever do this to him!?" - HottCiara on DOOL (04-27-2020), asking
who would stab Victor Kirakis... How about ANYONE WHO'S EVER MET HIM??!!
The Horny Goat
2020-11-10 06:58:39 UTC
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https://www.bloombergquint.com/onweb/cbs-will-require-reality-shows-to-have-50-non-white-casts
CBS, the broadcaster of reality shows SURVIVOR, THE AMAZING RACE and BIG
BROTHER, will require 50% of casts of unscripted programs to be non-white
next season, marking the latest push by Hollywood to diversify. The
network, part of ViacomCBS Inc., also vowed Monday to allocate at least 25%
of its unscripted development budgets to projects created by producers who
are black, indigenous, or people of color. Reality shows like SURVIVOR and
BIG BROTHER have drawn criticism over the years for seeming to condone
racism and not representing minorities well enough in their casts. The
changes are part of a broader reckoning over the way media companies treat
minorities on screen and off.
"The reality TV genre is an area that's especially underrepresented, and
needs to be more inclusive across development, casting, production, and all
phases of storytelling," George Cheeks, CBS Entertainment Group's president
and chief executive officer, said in a statement announcing the changes.
The requirements and targets only apply to shows branded under CBS. Other
networks owned by the parent company, ViacomCBS, aren't included in the
guidelines.
That would make complete sense if the US black population was 50% of
the whole. Since it's nothing close to that it's pandering.
Ian J. Ball
2020-11-10 15:48:43 UTC
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https://www.bloombergquint.com/onweb/cbs-will-require-reality-shows-to-have-50-non-white-casts
CBS, the broadcaster of reality shows SURVIVOR, THE AMAZING RACE and BIG
BROTHER, will require 50% of casts of unscripted programs to be non-white
next season, marking the latest push by Hollywood to diversify. The
network, part of ViacomCBS Inc., also vowed Monday to allocate at least 25%
of its unscripted development budgets to projects created by producers who
are black, indigenous, or people of color. Reality shows like SURVIVOR and
BIG BROTHER have drawn criticism over the years for seeming to condone
racism and not representing minorities well enough in their casts. The
changes are part of a broader reckoning over the way media companies treat
minorities on screen and off.
"The reality TV genre is an area that's especially underrepresented, and
needs to be more inclusive across development, casting, production, and all
phases of storytelling," George Cheeks, CBS Entertainment Group's president
and chief executive officer, said in a statement announcing the changes.
The requirements and targets only apply to shows branded under CBS. Other
networks owned by the parent company, ViacomCBS, aren't included in the
guidelines.
That would make complete sense if the US black population was 50% of
the whole. Since it's nothing close to that it's pandering.
They were careful and said "non-white" - to CBS, "non-white" certainly
includes East Asians, and almost certainly includes Hispanics, Native
Americans, and likely even Indians and Middle-Easterners (yeah, I
know...).

What they basically mean is "non-Europeans", but they can't say what
they mean because they're afraid of being "racists".

Because, you know - they're cowards.

But, practically, I bet you're right and most of that 50% will end up
being African Americans, as that's the racial group the Left is really
obsessed with.
--
"Who would ever do this to him!?" - HottCiara on DOOL (04-27-2020), asking
who would stab Victor Kirakis... How about ANYONE WHO'S EVER MET HIM??!!
Adam H. Kerman
2020-11-10 19:44:36 UTC
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https://www.bloombergquint.com/onweb/cbs-will-require-reality-shows-to-have-50-non-white-casts
CBS, the broadcaster of reality shows SURVIVOR, THE AMAZING RACE and BIG
BROTHER, will require 50% of casts of unscripted programs to be non-white
next season, marking the latest push by Hollywood to diversify. The
network, part of ViacomCBS Inc., also vowed Monday to allocate at least 25%
of its unscripted development budgets to projects created by producers who
are black, indigenous, or people of color. Reality shows like SURVIVOR and
BIG BROTHER have drawn criticism over the years for seeming to condone
racism and not representing minorities well enough in their casts. The
changes are part of a broader reckoning over the way media companies treat
minorities on screen and off.
"The reality TV genre is an area that's especially underrepresented, and
needs to be more inclusive across development, casting, production, and all
phases of storytelling," George Cheeks, CBS Entertainment Group's president
and chief executive officer, said in a statement announcing the changes.
The requirements and targets only apply to shows branded under CBS. Other
networks owned by the parent company, ViacomCBS, aren't included in the
guidelines.
That would make complete sense if the US black population was 50% of
the whole. Since it's nothing close to that it's pandering.
They were careful and said "non-white" - to CBS, "non-white" certainly
includes East Asians, and almost certainly includes Hispanics, Native
Americans, and likely even Indians and Middle-Easterners (yeah, I
know...).
What they basically mean is "non-Europeans", but they can't say what
they mean because they're afraid of being "racists".
Because, you know - they're cowards.
But, practically, I bet you're right and most of that 50% will end up
being African Americans, as that's the racial group the Left is really
obsessed with.
I will point out the obvious that Mediterranean types from Spain,
France, Italy, Greece, maybe even the Balkans, can have darker skin
tones than whatever the hell brown people refers to, if it even means
non-European and non-sub-Saharan African ancestry.
The Horny Goat
2020-11-11 16:56:47 UTC
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But, practically, I bet you're right and most of that 50% will end up
being African Americans, as that's the racial group the Left is really
obsessed with.
I will point out the obvious that Mediterranean types from Spain,
France, Italy, Greece, maybe even the Balkans, can have darker skin
tones than whatever the hell brown people refers to, if it even means
non-European and non-sub-Saharan African ancestry.
I've already posted on Indian Dravidians who are often darker than 99%
of American blacks.

Who like anybody else range from unbelievably gorgeous to "Coyote
Ugly"
Micky DuPree
2020-11-21 11:02:15 UTC
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https://www.bloombergquint.com/onweb/cbs-will-require-reality-shows-to-have-50-non-white-casts
CBS, the broadcaster of reality shows SURVIVOR, THE AMAZING RACE and
BIG BROTHER, will require 50% of casts of unscripted programs to be
non-white next season, marking the latest push by Hollywood to
diversify. The network, part of ViacomCBS Inc., also vowed Monday to
allocate at least 25% of its unscripted development budgets to
projects created by producers who are black, indigenous, or people of
color. Reality shows like SURVIVOR and BIG BROTHER have drawn
criticism over the years for seeming to condone racism and not
representing minorities well enough in their casts. The changes are
part of a broader reckoning over the way media companies treat
minorities on screen and off.
"The reality TV genre is an area that's especially underrepresented,
and needs to be more inclusive across development, casting,
production, and all phases of storytelling," George Cheeks, CBS
Entertainment Group's president and chief executive officer, said in
a statement announcing the changes.
That would make complete sense if the US black population was 50% of
the whole. Since it's nothing close to that it's pandering.
"Nonwhite" means more than just black, and though not technically
ethnographically correct, in everyday use, it also includes
Hispanics/Latinos.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2019 estimates, the percentage of
Americans identifying as "White alone, not Hispanic or Latino" is 60.1%.
While still more than 50%, there's a problem with trying to represent
the smaller racial or ethnic groups when you don't have a cast of
scores. For example, the show _Survivor_ seems to have 16 contestants
per season. If they have only one contestant of indigenous origin,
that's overrepresenting indigenous peoples in that particular season by
about a factor of four (if you include native Hawaiians/Pacific
Islanders), but if you never have any indigenous contestants at all
because of that, then they're underrepresented.

There could be a financial incentive, though. Underrepresented ethnic
groups are known to be pretty loyal viewers when they find a
representation of themselves that they like.

Disclaimer: I don't follow the reality shows, so I don't know from
firsthand experience what their ethnic makeup is, though the promos do
seem a bit on the white side.

-Micky
Adam H. Kerman
2020-11-21 16:03:20 UTC
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https://www.bloombergquint.com/onweb/cbs-will-require-reality-shows-to-have-50-non-white-casts
CBS, the broadcaster of reality shows SURVIVOR, THE AMAZING RACE and
BIG BROTHER, will require 50% of casts of unscripted programs to be
non-white next season, marking the latest push by Hollywood to
diversify. The network, part of ViacomCBS Inc., also vowed Monday to
allocate at least 25% of its unscripted development budgets to
projects created by producers who are black, indigenous, or people of
color. Reality shows like SURVIVOR and BIG BROTHER have drawn
criticism over the years for seeming to condone racism and not
representing minorities well enough in their casts. The changes are
part of a broader reckoning over the way media companies treat
minorities on screen and off.
"The reality TV genre is an area that's especially underrepresented,
and needs to be more inclusive across development, casting,
production, and all phases of storytelling," George Cheeks, CBS
Entertainment Group's president and chief executive officer, said in
a statement announcing the changes.
That would make complete sense if the US black population was 50% of
the whole. Since it's nothing close to that it's pandering.
"Nonwhite" means more than just black, and though not technically
ethnographically correct, in everyday use, it also includes
Hispanics/Latinos.
It's CBS. Therefore, the gag is that the actress perceived to be white
is now Persian and Persian, previously perceived to be white, is now
brown, and we learn that her family background is directly related to
the family that had ruled Persia and would have been among society's top
1%.

Or it's a reality show and the producers found some heritage in the
contestant's background and informed the cotestant the he shall
representat that background for the purpose of the show.

Or it's tv or the movies and the performers are all really hot and the
audience for these shows just doesn't care about race or ethnicity if
they find the performers appealing.

Or it's the election and it's the privacy of voting and the voter with
the Spanish surname and New World immigrant family background found
something unappealing in the message of Democratic Party candidates and
felt white enough to vote Republican.
Post by Micky DuPree
According to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2019 estimates, the percentage of
Americans identifying as "White alone, not Hispanic or Latino" is 60.1%.
While still more than 50%, there's a problem with trying to represent
the smaller racial or ethnic groups when you don't have a cast of
scores. For example, the show _Survivor_ seems to have 16 contestants
per season. If they have only one contestant of indigenous origin,
that's overrepresenting indigenous peoples in that particular season by
about a factor of four (if you include native Hawaiians/Pacific
Islanders), but if you never have any indigenous contestants at all
because of that, then they're underrepresented.
Great! Given that there are Chinese ethnics everywhere, you find a
Pacific islander with part Chinese ethicity and you check off yet
another ethnicity box and you ignore that the girl grew up in Fargo,
North Dakota.
Post by Micky DuPree
There could be a financial incentive, though. Underrepresented ethnic
groups are known to be pretty loyal viewers when they find a
representation of themselves that they like.
Or they watch Spanish language television given how widely available it
is.
Post by Micky DuPree
Disclaimer: I don't follow the reality shows, so I don't know from
firsthand experience what their ethnic makeup is, though the promos do
seem a bit on the white side.
BTR1701
2020-11-21 18:39:13 UTC
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-50-non-white-casts
CBS, the broadcaster of reality shows SURVIVOR, THE AMAZING RACE and
BIG BROTHER, will require 50% of casts of unscripted programs to be
non-white next season, marking the latest push by Hollywood to
diversify. The network, part of ViacomCBS Inc., also vowed Monday to
allocate at least 25% of its unscripted development budgets to
projects created by producers who are black, indigenous, or people of
color. Reality shows like SURVIVOR and BIG BROTHER have drawn
criticism over the years for seeming to condone racism and not
representing minorities well enough in their casts. The changes are
part of a broader reckoning over the way media companies treat
minorities on screen and off.
"The reality TV genre is an area that's especially underrepresented,
and needs to be more inclusive across development, casting,
production, and all phases of storytelling," George Cheeks, CBS
Entertainment Group's president and chief executive officer, said in
a statement announcing the changes.
That would make complete sense if the US black population was 50% of
the whole. Since it's nothing close to that it's pandering.
"Nonwhite" means more than just black, and though not technically
ethnographically correct, in everyday use, it also includes
Hispanics/Latinos.
It's CBS. Therefore, the gag is that the actress perceived to be white
is now Persian and Persian, previously perceived to be white, is now
brown, and we learn that her family background is directly related to
the family that had ruled Persia and would have been among society's top
1%.
Sounds like you're talking about Sarah Shahi!
Adam H. Kerman
2020-11-21 20:27:48 UTC
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https://www.bloombergquint.com/onweb/cbs-will-require-reality-shows-to-have-50-non-white-casts
CBS, the broadcaster of reality shows SURVIVOR, THE AMAZING RACE and
BIG BROTHER, will require 50% of casts of unscripted programs to be
non-white next season, marking the latest push by Hollywood to
diversify. The network, part of ViacomCBS Inc., also vowed Monday to
allocate at least 25% of its unscripted development budgets to
projects created by producers who are black, indigenous, or people of
color. Reality shows like SURVIVOR and BIG BROTHER have drawn
criticism over the years for seeming to condone racism and not
representing minorities well enough in their casts. The changes are
part of a broader reckoning over the way media companies treat
minorities on screen and off.
"The reality TV genre is an area that's especially underrepresented,
and needs to be more inclusive across development, casting,
production, and all phases of storytelling," George Cheeks, CBS
Entertainment Group's president and chief executive officer, said in
a statement announcing the changes.
That would make complete sense if the US black population was 50% of
the whole. Since it's nothing close to that it's pandering.
"Nonwhite" means more than just black, and though not technically
ethnographically correct, in everyday use, it also includes
Hispanics/Latinos.
It's CBS. Therefore, the gag is that the actress perceived to be white
is now Persian and Persian, previously perceived to be white, is now
brown, and we learn that her family background is directly related to
the family that had ruled Persia and would have been among society's top
1%.
Sounds like you're talking about Sarah Shahi!
. . . as Nancy Drew, yes, when they suddenly found it inconvenient to
cast a white actress.

Funny thing about her minority status: To the extent that the royal
family had oppressed its subjects, she'd have been from a tiny minority
in her family's long ago country of origin that WASN'T oppressed,
possibly oppressing the rest of the country.

It's like the Hashemite family ruling Jordan, a minority so small, they
didn't even come from that part of the Middle East! That's not diversity!

It's like Oprah! representing your typical black woman in America.
The Horny Goat
2020-11-21 22:00:09 UTC
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It's like the Hashemite family ruling Jordan, a minority so small, they
didn't even come from that part of the Middle East! That's not diversity!
It's like Oprah! representing your typical black woman in America.
No it would be like Barack Obama who much as he would hate to say it
has NO black ancestors in the United States.

[Which is something like how I annoyed one of my employees who
immigrated from Iran about 20 years ago when I told her that as far as
I'm concerned one of the greatest works of Persian civilization isn't
even in Iran! She didn't know the story of the Taj Mahal (though she
knew it was in India) - I surprised her when I said "Go online and get
some pictures of the inscriptions on the sides of the building - blow
up the pictures so you can read the inscriptions - they're all in
Farsi!" which I know she speaks - having heard her using it with
customers of the same ethnic origin]
A Friend
2020-11-21 22:35:21 UTC
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On Sat, 21 Nov 2020 20:27:48 -0000 (UTC), "Adam H. Kerman"
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It's like the Hashemite family ruling Jordan, a minority so small, they
didn't even come from that part of the Middle East! That's not diversity!
It's like Oprah! representing your typical black woman in America.
No it would be like Barack Obama who much as he would hate to say it
has NO black ancestors in the United States.
Why would he hate to say that? Has he ever claimed otherwise?
Adam H. Kerman
2020-11-21 23:50:29 UTC
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It's like the Hashemite family ruling Jordan, a minority so small, they
didn't even come from that part of the Middle East! That's not diversity!
It's like Oprah! representing your typical black woman in America.
No it would be like Barack Obama who much as he would hate to say it
has NO black ancestors in the United States.
He also grew up sort of white for a few years when he was being raised
by his mother's parents in a Kansas City suburb.
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[Which is something like how I annoyed one of my employees who
immigrated from Iran about 20 years ago when I told her that as far as
I'm concerned one of the greatest works of Persian civilization isn't
even in Iran! She didn't know the story of the Taj Mahal (though she
knew it was in India) - I surprised her when I said "Go online and get
some pictures of the inscriptions on the sides of the building - blow
up the pictures so you can read the inscriptions - they're all in
Farsi!" which I know she speaks - having heard her using it with
customers of the same ethnic origin]
Congrats on reading Farsi.
The Horny Goat
2020-11-22 16:38:19 UTC
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[Which is something like how I annoyed one of my employees who
immigrated from Iran about 20 years ago when I told her that as far as
I'm concerned one of the greatest works of Persian civilization isn't
even in Iran! She didn't know the story of the Taj Mahal (though she
knew it was in India) - I surprised her when I said "Go online and get
some pictures of the inscriptions on the sides of the building - blow
up the pictures so you can read the inscriptions - they're all in
Farsi!" which I know she speaks - having heard her using it with
customers of the same ethnic origin]
Congrats on reading Farsi.
Not me - but it's distinctive enough I recognize it when I see it -
and of course that factoid is noted umpteen places.

The Horny Goat
2020-11-21 16:52:23 UTC
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https://www.bloombergquint.com/onweb/cbs-will-require-reality-shows-to-have-50-non-white-casts
CBS, the broadcaster of reality shows SURVIVOR, THE AMAZING RACE and
BIG BROTHER, will require 50% of casts of unscripted programs to be
non-white next season, marking the latest push by Hollywood to
diversify. The network, part of ViacomCBS Inc., also vowed Monday to
allocate at least 25% of its unscripted development budgets to
projects created by producers who are black, indigenous, or people of
color. Reality shows like SURVIVOR and BIG BROTHER have drawn
criticism over the years for seeming to condone racism and not
representing minorities well enough in their casts. The changes are
part of a broader reckoning over the way media companies treat
minorities on screen and off.
"The reality TV genre is an area that's especially underrepresented,
and needs to be more inclusive across development, casting,
production, and all phases of storytelling," George Cheeks, CBS
Entertainment Group's president and chief executive officer, said in
a statement announcing the changes.
As someone who has viewed all 40 Survivor seasons and 17 of 22 Big
Brother seasons, while I haven't gone back and done a full season by
season count, know the shows well enough to know that "especially
underrepresented" is a vast exaggeration and frankly offensive.

Where there's a problem (especially on Survivor) is NOT in the casting
but in the edit given certain minority players. Some "edits" have been
shall we say 'not what the player shown would have liked'. Now that's
not particularly prejudiced - Survivor has a tendency to show
everybody as idiots who regularly do things prejudicial to their own
game and they take great pleasure in showing somebody doing something
remarkably dumb. There HAVE been characters on both BB and Survivor
who behaved in a bigotted manner - nearly all of them have had a
"villain's edit"
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That would make complete sense if the US black population was 50% of
the whole. Since it's nothing close to that it's pandering.
"Nonwhite" means more than just black, and though not technically
ethnographically correct, in everyday use, it also includes
Hispanics/Latinos.
Obviously I know that and that the term also includes Asians. Cirie
Fields (who most Survivor fans would rank top or nearly top player
never to win) has had some memorable play and got "favorable edits".
Yul Kown who won but via a 'behind the scenes' strategy wasn't really
shown well. I could go on. Yau Man Chan got a particularly favorable
edit - and fully deserved it. On the other hand James Clement got a
"you dummy!" edit mostly for getting voted out with TWO hidden
immunity idols in his pocket.

Ramona Grey (season 1) is known to have been particularly unhappy with
her edit - she was an early boot and felt she was portrayed as a boob.
Which as a highly trained chemist she obviously felt was unfair. On
the other hand Sandra Twining-Diaz (who won twice) got an extremely
positive edit.

No question both shows tend to have "America's favorite players" and
"villains" while Russell Hantz and Ghandia Johnson where arch
villains, I don't think race can fairly be linked to that. Ted from
season 5 (Ghandia's season) surely viewed his edit positively.
Post by Micky DuPree
According to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2019 estimates, the percentage of
Americans identifying as "White alone, not Hispanic or Latino" is 60.1%.
While still more than 50%, there's a problem with trying to represent
the smaller racial or ethnic groups when you don't have a cast of
scores. For example, the show _Survivor_ seems to have 16 contestants
per season. If they have only one contestant of indigenous origin,
that's overrepresenting indigenous peoples in that particular season by
about a factor of four (if you include native Hawaiians/Pacific
Islanders), but if you never have any indigenous contestants at all
because of that, then they're underrepresented.
I do get that. And very much do understand the mathematics you're
using. My point is that I don't think Survivor or BB have a
"diversity" problem with their casting - to the extent there's a
problem it's in the edit and no amount of casting is likely to change
that.

Again - I'm on home territory on this one being a longterm fan of both
the top two reality programs on CBS. If you want to talk NBC I'll talk
the Apprentice with you till you're blue in the face. I don't think
Omarosa Manigault Newman got a positive edit at all but then she did
plenty to earn that. I was amazed when she later got a 'gig' in the
Trump White House but not at all surprised she was an "early boot"
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There could be a financial incentive, though. Underrepresented ethnic
groups are known to be pretty loyal viewers when they find a
representation of themselves that they like.
Disclaimer: I don't follow the reality shows, so I don't know from
firsthand experience what their ethnic makeup is, though the promos do
seem a bit on the white side.
Again - casting ISN'T the problem - editting may well be.
trotsky
2020-11-10 11:16:18 UTC
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https://www.bloombergquint.com/onweb/cbs-will-require-reality-shows-to-have-50-non-white-casts
It's called facts.
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