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Hollywood can be a bit of a dick to creative folks. I moved here on a green card three years ago after the U.S. State Department decided my contributions to Canadian comedy made me a "person of extraordinary ability." Yet despite this distinction -- and a bunch of national awards (whatevs, no biggie) -- I've been stonewalled from getting my TV pitches off the ground, given I can't even find an L.A. agent interested in reading 'em. That's the industry for ya.
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The point is: when people resist more open casting, in a lot of cases they don't really think they have any particular prejudice. They are acting upon a vague feeling. It feels "right" to them to have a white man as the hero because those are the heroes they grew up with, that inspired them to then create their own stories. It feels "normal." Until someone comes along, challenges that norm -- and they realize, 'Hey, this works, too!'
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