Riz Ahmed says British directors, producers and writers aren’t hiring non-white British actors.
That’s why so many have to try their luck in America.
Actor says viewers from minority backgrounds are switching off and turning to terrorism propaganda films which make recruits look like James Bond
Plenty of white British actors feel they have to base themselves in the States too.
But this is never referred to as a problem.
Samuel Jackson recently said American producers and directors prefer hiring non-white Brits as they’re cheaper than their American counterparts and often classically trained.
You don’t have to be a ‘brother’ to play African American roles. In fact, sometimes it helps that we can unshackle ourselves from the burden of US racial history
I don’t work in the entertainment industry and I certainly wouldn’t want to get into an argument with Mr Jackson.
However I’m happy to highlight the similarity between his comments and the arguments I hear used in the UK against eastern Europeans and their employers.
They’re coming over here, undercutting the locals, and taking our jobs.
To hear such comments from such an iconic figure is worrying.
But there must be some truth to what Mr Jackson says.
He’s not a politician. He must have spoken out for a reason.
We know who Samuel Jackson is thanks to Globalisation and US Cultural dominance — I do not begrudge him his success.
I can see how any actor would want to go to the US for their big break.
But equally I don’t see why Jackson shouldn’t identify reasons African American actors are missing out on rôles.
Especially rôles that would help them develop and become bankable box office names as well as Oscar winners and cultural icons — like him.
Let’s have a look another world — Football.
There are many theories as to Why England Lose.
The excellent Simon Kuper of the FT wrote a book about it called – Why England Lose.
Two authors bravely attempt to explain England's footballing failure and, like the team, ultimately lose says David Runciman
Some say that the influx of foreign players to the English Premier League since the 90’s stops most English Players from getting the top level experience that the national team so desperately needs.
As for football managers — I assume the last English manager to win the English League was still Howard Wilkinson for Leeds in 1992.
The French have their own problems.
Paul Doyle: Should youths with dual-nationalties go to the back of the queue for academy places? The race row has raised tricky questions for France's authorities
So where do we all stand?
Should globalisation allow anyone to go and work anywhere?
Or do open borders mean locals end up losing out because wages stagnate?
Should we be telling people they cannot leave their countries because we fear they will steal our jobs?
Even as we bomb their countries and steal their minerals?
And take the best of them to treat our sick and develop new drugs and machinery?
And their unskilled to be exploited and underpaid.
I don’t have one size fits all answers to these questions.
But we need to have meaningful dialogue because all this affects us all.
Whether we are winners or losers from the system – it’s under severe stress and we all have to live with that.
Here’s an article on Why Culture Matters from my friend David Malone.
Nothing nice about this Homelessness story.
This post talks about what we can do to alleviate homelessness — Don’t Despair, Don’t be Brutalised by Anne Booth.