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Posted on 02/22/2007 2:07:17 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY
Jesse Jackson: Hollywood Needs 'Diversity'
Feb. 22, 2007
As seemingly half of Hollywood converged on a fundraiser for Democratic presidential aspirant Sen. Barack Obama, the Rev. Jesse Jackson was huddled elsewhere with Universal Studios president Ron Meyer over his own campaign - to increase industry diversity.
"We must go to each of the companies and agencies and urge them to make the industry open up and expand the market and the opportunities," Jackson said Wednesday during an hour-plus interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
"After all, we once did not know how big baseball could be until everyone could play. Right now, with the system (in) Hollywood, we don't know how big the entertainment market can be until everybody is able to participate."
Jackson's Tuesday meeting with Meyer and his planned sessions with various studio heads, talent agency executives and others are part of a continuing campaign by the civil rights leader's Rainbow Coalition to press for greater diversity in Hollywood's casting process and studio hiring. Citing data like a recent UCLA report showing low numbers of minority-oriented film roles, Jackson aims to convince industry elite that increased casting and hiring of minorities will broaden the creative scope of Hollywood entertainment and thus its revenue base.
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The participation of African Americans in the Film business is at an all time high. Esepcially as film directors. Jesse is full of it.
And more crazy white wimmen...
Great, Jesse finally realizes that Hollywood needs more conservatives, as the liberals have a monopoly.
Oh, wait a minute, he doesn't REALLY mean diversity? Oh well, can't teach an old dog new tricks.
Just how many jobs do Jesse's friends want?
.read my mind : )
I agree. They need more conservatives and Republicans.
What is the story behind that Britney photo? Is it for real?
It's really sad, in a way, what Jackson and the rest of the so-called black leaders have become.
Budweiser must have been an easy shakedown.
And Forrest Whittaker...
lol. jesse must be short on cash payments to the mistress.
I think he shook down Toyota for $500m
There's nothing preventing Conservatives from making movies. Most are just not interested in the film business.
Didn't Jess complain that there were too many Dominican players in Biesbol?
Yeah, she split rehab and went to K-Feds place and proceeded to attack his SUV. I don`t know, either this is all a publicity stunt, or she has the worst divorce lawyer on the face of this planet. "Yes Britney, shaving your head and acting like a psycho will most certainly win you custody!"
Old "Bareback" Jackson loves his money more than nookie...
"Diversity" is one of those elastic terms, which may only be used if you are out pimping for mo' money and mo' money.
Ain't never 'nuff money.
Didn't his kid get the Chicago Budweiser distribution franchise?
Jess is helping black folks by not being poor himself donchano!
You miss the point.
They tried this in the NFL. No black coaches. Now there are black coaches. No black owners...etc., etc.
In Hollywood...no black Academy Award winners. Now there are black Academy Award winners. Now they want more black Spielbergs.
Jesse ain't goin' nowhere...he has his life plan set.
The last time one person had control of the flow of beer in Chicago, his name was Al Capone.
He must have been quite a drinker!
Na, he's just trying to find more people and businesses to shake down.
Maybe it's time for a few quotas.
Gee, what an amazing coincidence.
Five minutes after Hollywood votes with its feet regarding Hillary, Jesse suddenly discovers there's a diversity issue.
I'm shocked, I tell you. Shocked!
Weren't those Oscars awarded because of race a few years ago enough for Rev. JJ? He needs to spend more quality time with his love child.
Nine years ago, I sent a letter to Jesse and asked why he calls black Americans "African-Americans" but doesn't call any Whites "European-Americans." I said that about 2/3 of the Blacks I know prefer to be called Blacks. They know that, since an African is a resident of Africa, an African-American must be anyone who was born in Africa, immigrated to the U.S., and became a U.S. citizen. This definition includes some Whites, so whether someone is an African-American can't be determined by his or her skin color. I sent a self-addressed stamped envelope, but Jesse didn't answer my question. I didn't think he would.
I had a black conservative friend who was against affirmative action. He said that, when a government uses affirmative action, the government tells the minorities that they're not smart enough or talented enough to get the job without government help. He said that all minorities should be insulted and offended by affirmative action. When he was debating the topic with another black man, my friend said, "If the government uses affirmative action, the country should be fair, and everyone should use is. 12% of the U.S. is black, so 12% of the NBA players should be black." The other man said, "No, only the most qualified people should play for the NBA." My friend said, "That's my point. Only the most qualified people should have any job. Why should we have a double standard?" The other man couldn't answer.
What Oscars awarded because of race? Halle Berry and Denzel Wahington were both quite good. Even if the films they were in were not.
I am all for JJ ruining Hollywood.
(Bye, bye football and basketball.)
I guess the rest of the USA is just fine, and the rev has no one else to extort from.
Think he's making those payments down by DUKE for "The Victim's College Education?"
Jesse Jackass has it wrong. Professional sports namely the NBA and the NFL need more diversity. Whites are definitly under misrepresented since both of these sports are almost 90% black.
LOL. I guess we think alike. I thought he meant more Christians.
What in the world did Britney do to K-Fed anyway?
I mean, wasn't he just the most wonderful guy in the world before he married her and now he's a big jerk?
The only other explanation would be that Britney doesn't have a clue and that can't be right, can it?
Jesse...as a fellow alumnus of the University of Illinois..I suggest you get your loud mouth and butt down to Champaign and stand up for the rights of Indians to dance at athletic events. It won't pay well but will, for the first time in your life, put you squarely behind a noble cause. Go on ahead Jesse...get your a$$ on down to Champaign and cause a fuss for a good cause!! You will be a better man for the experience!
Blah, Blah, Blah...what does Jesse come out with this crap EVERY Sweeps week? (Is it Sweeps week?)
Uh, Jesse, Hollywood is currently experiencing one of the greatest flowering of black actors in history. Get with the program or at least go to a movie once in awhile.
African Americans ? Are you saying Africans moved to the States, got citizenship and struck gold in the movie industry?
Looks like PC got a-hold of you too.
The participation of African Americans in the Film business is at an all time high
At the very least there are more good -- actually very good -- black actors than ever before.
>>>Jesse Jackson: Hollywood Needs 'Diversity'<<<
Yeah. There are not enough straight people, and not enough Protestants.
Or she is completely out of her mind on drugs. She is, I know it, because I drive a taxi in NYC and right now there is a huge drug epidemic in NYC clubs and she constantly goes to them. Just about every week I find baggies of cocaine, heroin or meth in the back seat. Last December I found 1/2 pound of pot if you can believe it, literally a sandwich bag stuffed to the busting point with pot and it always after I pick up someone from the same clubs Ms. Teen Idol goes to.
Wasn't thinking about the terminology at all. Exchange terms as is appropriate.
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