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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Shane Gillis, 'SNL,' Art of the Post-Racist Rant Apology | Hollywood Reporter
Gillis’ justification that to be the best he must take risks is what every chef, singer, fashion designer, etc., who competes on a reality show trots out to excuse their failures. Racism isn’t an artistic risk, it’s just an expression of cultural ignorance and professional laziness.
comedy  humor  shanegillis  by:kareemabduljabbar 
september 2019 by dirtystylus
BoJack’s Raphael Bob-Waksberg on Diane Nguyen and what he’s learned about race and representation.
So that’s why I soured on the term “color-blind,” because I felt like I was being color-blind. I was just casting whoever was great and I wasn’t really thinking about their race, and then I was surprised to discover all the people I thought were great were white people.

When I think about casting now, I try to be very race-conscious. My casting director, Linda Lamontagne, and I are actively looking for people of color for every new character, and that’s made a big difference in how we cast the show. I hope that is reflected even to a layperson observing the show. [Note: In the new season, Hong Chau and Stephanie Beatriz play major supporting characters.] I’m very proud of the movement we’ve made, but we’re always going to be somewhat hobbled in our efforts because of our original sin.

If I was making a short or even a movie, then that project would be done and I could learn from it. But the fact that I’m still making this show with mostly white people in every episode fills me with tremendous guilt. I say this not to just flagellate myself or to show off what a great guy I am, but because I want to put this on the record and to hold myself up to this when I go about making other shows. Also so that other white people making shows can see that this has been something that I have wrestled with, [instead of] looking at my show and saying, “Oh well, he did it and it’s OK, so maybe it’s not that big a deal.”
diversity  comedy  netflix  tv  tv:bojackhorseman  inclusion  asianamerica  raphaelbobwaksberg 
september 2018 by dirtystylus
The Oral History of the Comedy Central Roast :: Comedy :: Features :: Roasts :: Page 1 :: Paste
Joyce: When we would send him these jokes, he would just redact the punchline like it was a real-estate contract. We’d get pages faxed back completely blacked out, and it was like, “Who the fuck does this guy think he is?” His only contribution to any of the jokes was he was constantly crossing out numbers and jacking them up. There was some joke about him having three billion dollars; he crossed out three and put seven. There was something about him living in a space station after causing all the scabies and bedbugs and famine problems of the world, and then he just sits there in his hundred and fifty-thousand square feet marbled penthouse space station that orbits the earth. He crossed out a hundred and fifty and put three hundred. He needed people to know that his fictitious space station was bigger. That’s what a piece of shit that guy is.
comedy  roasts  history  oralhistory  donaldtrump  election2016 
september 2016 by dirtystylus

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