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Jesse Jackson: Hollywood Needs 'Diversity'
NewsMax.com ^ | Feb. 22, 2007 | Reprinted from NewsMax.com

Posted on 02/22/2007 2:07:17 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY

Jesse Jackson: Hollywood Needs 'Diversity'

Newsmax.com

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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1 posted on 02/22/2007 2:07:18 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Where's my Budweiser franchise ?
2 posted on 02/22/2007 2:08:33 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The participation of African Americans in the Film business is at an all time high. Esepcially as film directors. Jesse is full of it.


3 posted on 02/22/2007 2:09:07 PM PST by Borges
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Hollywood Needs 'Diversity'....

And more crazy white wimmen...


4 posted on 02/22/2007 2:09:35 PM PST by Screamname ( Don Corleone, I am honored and grateful that you have invited me to your home on the wedding day of)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

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.


5 posted on 02/22/2007 2:10:10 PM PST by dinoparty
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Just how many jobs do Jesse's friends want?


6 posted on 02/22/2007 2:10:33 PM PST by popdonnelly ([Democrats] are jubilant at our disasters and are cast down when the rebels are defeated -Sept. 1862)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

.read my mind : )


7 posted on 02/22/2007 2:11:11 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Misery loves miserable company.......ask any liberal. Hunter in 08!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I agree. They need more conservatives and Republicans.


8 posted on 02/22/2007 2:11:19 PM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Borges
My thoughts exactly. In fact, as I watched Regis and Kelly this morning, when they talked about the Oscars, at least two of the people up for acting categories that Richard Roeper (A guest on that episode) predicted would win were black (Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson, both for 'Dreamgirls').
9 posted on 02/22/2007 2:11:31 PM PST by Chewie84
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To: Screamname

What is the story behind that Britney photo? Is it for real?


10 posted on 02/22/2007 2:11:43 PM PST by dinoparty
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Jackson is truly living in the past. Black actors such as Denzel Washington, Eddie Murphy, and Will Smith are major leads, and there are also black female actresses headlining movies and shows too.

It's really sad, in a way, what Jackson and the rest of the so-called black leaders have become.

11 posted on 02/22/2007 2:11:47 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Good night Chesty, wherever you are!)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Budweiser must have been an easy shakedown.


12 posted on 02/22/2007 2:12:15 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Misery loves miserable company.......ask any liberal. Hunter in 08!)
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To: Chewie84

And Forrest Whittaker...


13 posted on 02/22/2007 2:12:30 PM PST by Borges
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

lol. jesse must be short on cash payments to the mistress.


14 posted on 02/22/2007 2:12:57 PM PST by zarf (Her hair was of a dank yellow, and fell over her temples like sauerkraut......)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

WHAT?!?!?


15 posted on 02/22/2007 2:12:59 PM PST by Frank_Discussion (May the wings of Liberty never lose a feather!)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

I think he shook down Toyota for $500m


16 posted on 02/22/2007 2:13:04 PM PST by petercooper ("Daisy-cutters trump a wiretap anytime." - Nicole Gelinas - 02-10-04)
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To: dinoparty

There's nothing preventing Conservatives from making movies. Most are just not interested in the film business.


17 posted on 02/22/2007 2:13:32 PM PST by Borges
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To: Borges

Didn't Jess complain that there were too many Dominican players in Biesbol?


18 posted on 02/22/2007 2:13:55 PM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: dinoparty

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!"


19 posted on 02/22/2007 2:19:53 PM PST by Screamname ( Don Corleone, I am honored and grateful that you have invited me to your home on the wedding day of)
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To: zarf

Old "Bareback" Jackson loves his money more than nookie...


20 posted on 02/22/2007 2:20:08 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: dinoparty

"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.


21 posted on 02/22/2007 2:21:43 PM PST by alloysteel
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To: petercooper
Somebody tell Jess the Oscar votes are already in the mail.

Didn't his kid get the Chicago Budweiser distribution franchise?

Jess is helping black folks by not being poor himself donchano!

22 posted on 02/22/2007 2:22:42 PM PST by carolinalivin
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Jackson is truly living in the past. Black actors such as Denzel Washington, Eddie Murphy, and Will Smith are major leads, and there are also black female actresses headlining movies and shows too.

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.

23 posted on 02/22/2007 2:24:46 PM PST by paulat
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To: Borges
There is interest in conservative films (both filmmakers and audiences).

There is a liberal bent and agenda at play in the industry (studios, distribution, critical acclaim). If the movers and shakers bury your product because it isn't politically correct, it is difficult to recuperate the millions of dollars in investment.

And that is true of fictional (even docudramas) films as well as documentaries.

The big story of 2004 was how much documentary films were playing a roll in the presidential election. Unreported by the MSM was how conservative filmmakers were getting into the game in a bigger way and even establishing a filmfest of such works.

Roger Ebert used to be a credible film critic. He even made the claim that he could embrace a film he didn't agree with politically. That statement was proven false when he gave a zero star review for a suspense film set in Texas about a man on death row. Rog liked the cast and crew but disagreed with the message and said that this film could not be made and set in Texas.

There is a blacklist in Hollywood.
24 posted on 02/22/2007 2:24:54 PM PST by weegee (No third term. Hillary Clinton's 2008 election run presents a Constitutional Crisis.)
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To: carolinalivin

The last time one person had control of the flow of beer in Chicago, his name was Al Capone.


25 posted on 02/22/2007 2:25:38 PM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: massgopguy

He must have been quite a drinker!


26 posted on 02/22/2007 2:27:24 PM PST by carolinalivin
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To: Borges

Na, he's just trying to find more people and businesses to shake down.


27 posted on 02/22/2007 2:27:39 PM PST by MissEdie (Liberalscostlives)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Maybe it's time for a few quotas.


28 posted on 02/22/2007 2:28:37 PM PST by Ben Mugged (Always cheat; always win. The only unfair fight is the one you lose.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

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!


29 posted on 02/22/2007 2:29:30 PM PST by ArmstedFragg
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To: weegee
Anyone can get a movie made these days. You just have to hustle for financing. People like Kevin Smith have gotten films made on credit cards.

Critics aren't a part of the industry and will like what they like regardless. Roger Ebert's objection to Alan Parker's "The Life of David Gale" was that it played fast and loose with the audience and didn't seem to embrace either side but just used the subject matter for trivial suspense and plot twists. He felt the subject matter was too srious to be used in that matter.
30 posted on 02/22/2007 2:30:02 PM PST by Borges
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To: Free ThinkerNY

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.


31 posted on 02/22/2007 2:30:29 PM PST by Dante3
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To: Borges

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.


32 posted on 02/22/2007 2:31:58 PM PST by PhilCollins
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To: Dante3

What Oscars awarded because of race? Halle Berry and Denzel Wahington were both quite good. Even if the films they were in were not.


33 posted on 02/22/2007 2:32:02 PM PST by Borges
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I am all for JJ ruining Hollywood.


34 posted on 02/22/2007 2:32:56 PM PST by lormand (Michael Wiener - the tough talking populist moron, who claims to be a Conservative)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Yo, Jessie, let's pass a law that every business entity must have exactly the percentage of minorities as the general population. No more, no less.

(Bye, bye football and basketball.)

35 posted on 02/22/2007 2:33:36 PM PST by CPOSharky (Coming soon, the Global Warming Inquisition.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

I guess the rest of the USA is just fine, and the rev has no one else to extort from.


36 posted on 02/22/2007 2:33:57 PM PST by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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To: zarf
lol. jesse must be short on cash payments to the mistress.

Think he's making those payments down by DUKE for "The Victim's College Education?"

37 posted on 02/22/2007 2:34:01 PM PST by litehaus (A memory tooooo long)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

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.


38 posted on 02/22/2007 2:35:42 PM PST by Buffettfan (VIVA LA MIGRA! - LONG LIVE THE MINUTEMEN!)
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To: dinoparty

LOL. I guess we think alike. I thought he meant more Christians.


39 posted on 02/22/2007 2:36:01 PM PST by keats5 (tolerance of intolerant people is cultural suicide)
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To: Screamname

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?


40 posted on 02/22/2007 2:38:45 PM PST by GourmetDan
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To: Free ThinkerNY

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!


41 posted on 02/22/2007 2:40:09 PM PST by RVN Airplane Driver ("To be born into freedom is an accident; to die in freedom is an obligation..)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Blah, Blah, Blah...what does Jesse come out with this crap EVERY Sweeps week? (Is it Sweeps week?)


42 posted on 02/22/2007 2:42:01 PM PST by mowowie
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To: Free ThinkerNY

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.


43 posted on 02/22/2007 2:44:29 PM PST by durasell (!)
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To: Borges

African Americans ? Are you saying Africans moved to the States, got citizenship and struck gold in the movie industry?
Wow!
Looks like PC got a-hold of you too.


44 posted on 02/22/2007 2:45:27 PM PST by Duffboy
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To: Borges

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.


45 posted on 02/22/2007 2:47:08 PM PST by durasell (!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

>>>Jesse Jackson: Hollywood Needs 'Diversity'<<<

Yeah. There are not enough straight people, and not enough Protestants.


46 posted on 02/22/2007 2:48:28 PM PST by PhilipFreneau (God deliver our nation from the disease of liberalism!)
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To: GourmetDan

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.


47 posted on 02/22/2007 2:50:39 PM PST by Screamname ( Don Corleone, I am honored and grateful that you have invited me to your home on the wedding day of)
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To: Duffboy

Wasn't thinking about the terminology at all. Exchange terms as is appropriate.


48 posted on 02/22/2007 2:51:29 PM PST by Borges
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To: litehaus

49 posted on 02/22/2007 2:52:16 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY ((((Truth shall set you free))))
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To: Free ThinkerNY
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50 posted on 02/22/2007 2:54:38 PM PST by don-o (Fight, fight. fight to drive the GOP to the right!!!!)
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