hewontgo (hewontgo) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

BAFTA Diversity Scheme Under Fire After Actress Says She Was Called "Exotic Talent"

BAFTA initiative is aimed at improving diversity in the U.K.'s film and TV industry.

India Eva Rae described the initiative as a "PR exercise," with participants merely recruited to help "clean up" BAFTA's image around issues of diversity.
In one meeting, Rae said that a casting directors described her as an "exotic talent," saying that she "couldn't understand the English coming out of your mouth."
Rae claims she was told not to report the incident. "This mentor told me and other members of the group that we will never work again if we speak up,"

BAFTA described concerns raised by Rae as "one isolated incident," adding that it would "investigate urgently."

Tags: actor / actress, british celebrities, race / racism

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