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Prelude to a stick-up
Posted by: McQ on Saturday, February 24, 2007

Always looking for new and fertile ground in which to use his patented and sure-fire method of extorting money from large corporations and institutions, Jesse Jackson has set his eyes on Hollywood:
"After all, we once did not know how big baseball could be until everyone could play. Right now, with the system (in) Hollywood, we don't know how big the entertainment market can be until everybody is able to participate."

Jackson's Tuesday meeting with [Universal Studios president Ron] Meyer and his planned sessions with various studio heads, talent agency executives and others are part of a continuing campaign by the civil rights leader's Rainbow Coalition to press for greater diversity in Hollywood's casting process and studio hiring. Citing data like a recent UCLA report showing low numbers of minority-oriented film roles, Jackson aims to convince industry elite that increased casting and hiring of minorities will broaden the creative scope of Hollywood entertainment and thus its revenue base.

"Our premise is that inclusion leads to growth," he said. "So for those who are locked out, they lose development, and those who are in power lose market and growth."
Right. The market determining what it wants itself?

Apparently not so good in Jackson's racially-based world in which code-words like "diversity" are used as weapons to hold businesses up.
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Previous Comments to this Post 

"Citing data like a recent UCLA report showing low numbers of minority-oriented film roles,"

Perhaps that is because the market for minority-oriented films is, uh, a MINORITY! Crikey! It’s tough enough keeping champagne in the limos without spending millions more to chase a smaller audience.
Written By: timactual
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Terribly ironic considering that of 5 nominations for the Best Actor Academy Award, 2 are minorities (Will Smith and Forest Whitaker), but then the facts have never stopped the Reverend Jackson in the past. I guess since all 5 aren’t minorities, the Academy must be "locking them out."
Written By: The Poet Omar
It’s called a "shakeddown"

And Forest Whitaker spends most of his time as a director.
Written By: Neo
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The block quote only says "Jackson". Are you sure that it refers to Jesse and not Samuel?
Written By: triticale
If JJ had gone to bat for Hispanic TV and cinema roles, I might have given him something. Well, until the massive Mexican film presence this Oscar cycle. I mean they’re 12% of the population and are unrepresented in most TV and Film roles.

But Black folks? No offense, but blacks are only 12% of the population. When last I checked they had 20% of film and TV roles. That is over-representation, not under-representation.
Written By: Jeff the Baptist

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