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Posted in: 'The Simpsons' ends white actors voicing characters of color See in context

I think many are missing the point: "color-blind casting" is only a recent development, and has permitted talented actors of colors to perform Shakespeare and other classic plays wehre there are no black characters. In an effort to redress this long-held belief, actors in America and Britain have pushed for allowing the powerful media of film and theater to include as diverse a population as their nations. Yes, race shouldn't matter in voice-acting. However, it seems to many of us that the effort to correct the obstacles to training and hiring for actors of non-white ethnicities is not "P.C. gone to hell" but a empathic response to the real and immediate claims of the long-suppressed minority voices.

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Posted in: Fuji TV to end reality show 'Terrace House' after cast member's death See in context

Among things I read was that the filming crew only shows up 2 hours per night at the house or when cast members go out. The cast members' dialogue is unscripted but the topics are brought up by the crew. ..The show is heavily edited and leaves out many things.

I sure hope so! The poor woman, yes. But she was a pro woman's wrestler in Japan, a "sport" not exactly known for its realism or subtle dramatic turns. She was volunteering to be in a fishbowl for the fame it would bring. It brought that and more. This was a singular incident in a long-running, immendely popular series. Don't blame the show or the formulae for Reality TV--it's popular, provides rare insights into Japanese culture overseas , and understanding of friendship/love relationships for domestic viewers. Would much rather my daughter watch it than The Bachelor, for example... As for the bullies, don't add to the bullying of them.

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