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Did anyone read the thread on ATC...#1
Posted: 1/1/07 at 4:29pm
where they talk about the unbelievably stupid and racist statement Bernard Telsey made regarding African American actors in theater?? I'm not an actor or black and I'm offended. What could he have been thinking?
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No but you could post a link.
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Here's a link to the ATC thread
ATC Thread
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What is an address which I can write him a letter at?
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http://www.talkinbroadway.com/allthatchat/d.php?id=346491

Sorry, thought I had linked to the thread. My jaw is still on the floor.
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Wow, there are simply no words.
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Well, that is certainly an idiotic thing to say in print.
I am sure we will be hearing that it was taken out of context and get an apology very soon.
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I think his comment is misinterpreted here. I think what he's trying to say, is that there's not a large pool of African-American musical theatre actors (talent). Not that there aren't a lot of talented African-Americans.
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Me too.
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re: Did anyone read the thread on ATC...#10
Posted: 1/1/07 at 4:52pm
I agree, brainpolice.
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re: Did anyone read the thread on ATC...#11
Posted: 1/1/07 at 4:52pm
Well that's not what he is "quoted" as saying.
He's in deep do do.
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re: Did anyone read the thread on ATC...#13
Posted: 1/1/07 at 4:56pm
for all the shows he's casting, you'd think he'd have a little more sense than to let a comment like that slip.

I can see where this might be misinterpreted, but come on!!
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re: Did anyone read the thread on ATC...#14
Posted: 1/1/07 at 5:21pm
So, he's got questionable taste and poor interview skills. Misinterpreted or not, it was a thoughtless thing to say and he should know better.
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re: Did anyone read the thread on ATC...#15
Posted: 1/1/07 at 5:25pm
I'm not offended - he's saying that there is a small African American talent pool to chose from in NYC which is right.
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re: Did anyone read the thread on ATC...#16
Posted: 1/1/07 at 5:31pm
I agree with brainpolice and MB. I am not the biggest Bernard Telsey fan on the planet, but I think that he is simply a victim of poor phrasing. The fact is, the number of black performers in the musical theater community is proportionally pretty small and the casting pool is going to be a heck of a lot smaller as a result. He's not saying that the race of people is less talented.
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re: Did anyone read the thread on ATC...#17
Posted: 1/1/07 at 5:38pm
I too am with brianpolice. What he said was stupid but I interpreted it to mean that there is not a lot African American talent (in this case talent meaning actors/actresses) to choose from. And now they are running 2 full companies of a Color Purple which means a lot of African American actors are needed, and there arent that many available. The way it was quoted on ATC was completely out of context.
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re: Did anyone read the thread on ATC...#18
Posted: 1/1/07 at 5:41pm
It seemed pretty clear to me that he was referring to the size of the black talent pool in New York and not to the quality of black performers themselves. When a seasoned casting pro such as Telsey uses the term "talent", it's a noun, not an adjective. And the noun means the pool of potential performers (who are typical with the union and represented by an agency/manager) whom casting directors consider for various roles. Nothing sinister.
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re: Did anyone read the thread on ATC...#19
Posted: 1/1/07 at 5:44pm
i agree with brainpolice
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re: Did anyone read the thread on ATC...#20
Posted: 1/1/07 at 5:44pm
i agree with brainpolice
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re: Did anyone read the thread on ATC...#21
Posted: 1/1/07 at 5:44pm
100% Agree Tiff. Also I know its an interview, but you would have to assume that either playbill.com or Telsey's people would have stoped it from being published if he had in fact let a stupid comment slip.
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re: Did anyone read the thread on ATC...#22
Posted: 1/1/07 at 5:47pm
Well, then maybe he should expand his talent pool to audition actors without Equity credit and/or an agent.

It's no different than the want ads I see with the gazillion requirements, and then the hiring company claims that there aren't enough "qualified" Americans who applied so the company is going to outsource the jobs to India and China.
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re: Did anyone read the thread on ATC...#23
Posted: 1/1/07 at 5:47pm
I also took it like that. I can see where it could be misinterpreted, but it seems like he just meant that there's not a lot of African-American actors out there.
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re: Did anyone read the thread on ATC...#24
Posted: 1/1/07 at 5:51pm
He wasn't misquoted and he didn't slip up. Talent means "talent pool."

And a lot of the best New York talent pool of African American actors is already gainfully employed.

THE LION KING, THE COLOR PURPLE, RENT, HAIRPSRAY, the upcoming production of THE WIZ....