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After the dust settles on the WGA/ATA negotiation can we please address the increased vocal racism within the the writing community? The comments in the trades are appalling. Blaming a sense of scarcity & struggles on "diversity" is statistically false but apparently very popular
We've seen a quota for white male writers for most seats in a room for decades (with a slot or 2 for a woman, POC or both). We're still not even put in the main piles for hiring. But the success of better representation & a more even playing field has created a backlash & clearly
resentment's deep. We could use discussions, well-publicized numbers & direction to the agencies to stop using diversity as the reason a dude didn't get a gig. A friend said her Guild Dr reported multiple cases of depression due to "black writers getting all the jobs." Come on!
PS I <3 my union & acknowledge trade comments are anonymous, so could be written by non-union writers. In either case, The entitlement & openly believing those who finally have some access are less worthy, hired 'bc of diversity' is disturbing. If you're not underrepresented
& talented and you're not connected to the showrunner (which is how a lot of dudes get hired who you're losing out to, not POC) what can you bring to the table to be more undeniable? That's what I'd be asking myself. And do ask
myself --because even with my credits which are not female/black driven, I still largely get asked to write female and black driven stories. I am happy to thrive in that space, but it can be limiting since the majority of projects are not that. What do you think about this stuff?
I started a hastag last year re: my room stats. In a decade of staffing, > 100 episodes, 100% of the showrunners I worked for are white men. 4/5 straight. Out of I think it was 111 colleagues, ~ 45 were white men, 1 was a black man and that one guy...? Was Barry Jenkins. A year
before Moonlight won Best Picture. So the next time someone tries to say 'they went with diversity' maybe translate that insidious phrase with 'they went with exceptional & extraordinary talent.' Dream big. Keep going. xx
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