UK BAFTAs now require diversity "targets"
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« on: October 09, 2019, 10:41:13 am »

The BAFTAs now require diversity "targets" (aka QUOTAS) in order to be considered to be nominated for an award. 

The new rules apply to the production starting in 2020 and the cast in 2021. 

Historical shows, such as Downton Abbey will have to have 20% or more of ethnic and racial minorities in the main and regular cast, even it its historically incorrect.  Modern setting shows will required higher diversity quotas.

The BBC has had the 35% rule since Tony Blair upped it from 30% about 15 years ago. 

Not surprisingly, these quotas do not reflect the diversity figures of the UK population.   The BBC rule is about 3 times the population figures, for example.



The BAFTAs are the UK's version of the Oscars, Emmys, gaming awards, etc, etc, rolled into 1.
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« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2019, 02:50:43 am »

The new rules apply to the production starting in 2020 and the cast in 2021. 

Historical shows, such as Downton Abbey will have to have 20% or more of ethnic and racial minorities in the main and regular cast, even it its historically incorrect.  Modern setting shows will required higher diversity quotas.

There are many ways to meet the criteria - You must meet 2 of four standards:

On-screen cast and storyline
Production crew
Access to the industry
Exhibition and distribution

So Downton Abbey doesn't have to meet the cast criteria at all. It will almost certainly qualify by meeting its other criteria with little to no effort at all, if not by default.

Even the daily mail reports this. Well done for misrepresenting the issue entirely.
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« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2019, 08:21:40 am »

The diversity figures for historical shows is far higher than the population, of say Downton Abbey's setting.    It requires a lie. 

Stuff set in modern day also require a far higher portion of ethnic and racial minorities than we see in the UK population.  Even a show set in an all boys school (think opposite of FACTS OF LIFE) would need to have half the main cast be female.

Regardless of which of the 4 categories you look at, it's based on anti white discrimination, because it doesn't reflect the UK population, as it claims.

Its like how BEING HUMAN had to be recast, even though the pilot episode was a hit, because it ran afoul of the diversity rule for the BBC.  It's nearly impossible to find the original pilot episode because it wasn't diverse enough.
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« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2019, 09:00:18 am »

The diversity figures for historical shows is far higher than the population, of say Downton Abbey's setting.    It requires a lie.

Stuff set in modern day also require a far higher portion of ethnic and racial minorities than we see in the UK population.  Even a show set in an all boys school (think opposite of FACTS OF LIFE) would need to have half the main cast be female.

Firstly, it would need to meet that criteria only if it wanted to be considered for a BAFTA. It doesn't 'have to' do anything.

Secondly, to repeat my first point, the specific diversity of cast requirement is one of 4 standards. To qualify, a show has to meet 2 of those standards. If you're really so precious about how accurate the historical race or gender representation is in your BAFTA nominees, fear not! They can qualify by meeting 2 of the other standards.

Regardless of which of the 4 categories you look at, it's based on anti white discrimination, because it doesn't reflect the UK population, as it claims.

I can't find a single post, thread, mention, even slight nod or a wink that suggests these diversity targets are supposed to reflect the make up of the UK population. It does say it attempts to encourage those in the industry to be more inclusive and representative - though it does NOT say that it should represent the racial or gender make-up of the UK. As for discrimination of white people in the film or TV industry, i think you'll be hard pressed to find evidence to support that claim. I've certainly never heard it mentioned.

Its like how BEING HUMAN had to be recast, even though the pilot episode was a hit, because it ran afoul of the diversity rule for the BBC.  It's nearly impossible to find the original pilot episode because it wasn't diverse enough.

I can't speak for the pilot, but after watching the re-cast version (though its been a while), It turned out great. I understand you might like the previous version better but i'd argue your particular view on the matter might be interfering with your enjoyment of a genuinely funny show, though if i remember rightly it went down hill after a season or 2.
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« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2019, 11:42:43 am »

All 4 of the "standards" are based on fake ass quotas, that do not match the population of the UK, except for the 50% rule for women in the main cast. 

Imagine the 2nd remake of "Lord of Flies" and how it would be nothing like the original or the book.   

Isn't it sexist that a reboot of "Bridget Jones" or "Facts of Life" wouldn't be affected by the quotas, because they are female focused. 

The BBC already has the 35% rule in casting, despite the UK population isn't like that.  That is nearly 3 times higher than the actual figures.   That shows that "equal representation" is a lie.   There's a similar requirement for behind the scenes staff, but I don't remember what it is.  I remember that its inflated like in front of the cameras, but I don't know by how much. 

Why arent lefties going to Japan, South Africa, Zimbabwe or any non-white majority country demanding racial quotas in their TV and movies??   Is it racism of low expectations or just white hating? 

Real historical white people can be played by non-whites and the lefties finger themselves with glee.  Let a white person play a fictional character that isnt white and the lefties are screaming for blood.   We've had this topic here many times before and its always the same mental gymnastics to justify it.  Its like the discussion of "only trans can play trans" but get butt hurt when it's pointed out that equality demands that only CIS can play CIS.    On one of the gay "news" sites, once again the whole "only gay can play gay" shouting match by the lefties is raging because those of us who support actual equality say that based on liberal dogma, then only "hetero can play hetero".   Only self loathing fags believe in actual equality, according to the lefties in that debate.
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