Adding to the impressive body of online work by female actors dedicated to making visible the sexism and exploitation present in the entertainment industry, a woman identified as Miss L brings us Casting Call Woe. Parodying the casting website Casting Call Pro, Miss L’s Tumblr and Twitter accounts post remarks pulled directly from online casting calls. Like Laura Bates’s Everyday Sexism and the website of actress Briony Rawle, Casting Call Pro delves into the seedy underbelly of an industry whose poor treatment of women cannot go unchecked.
Miss L’s entries relay the nauseating statements made by casting groups for entertainment venues small and large. One particularly disturbing entry reads, “She gets a couple of lines, a light-hearted orgy scene & then gets kicked through the window.” Umm.. since when could that possibly be considered quality storyline?
Although women make up about two-thirds of the drama student population, only about 22.5% of many contemporary theater casts are female. Female characters also tend to be less developed, and actresses are encouraged to take roles that represent women in sexualized ways. Women with less experience in the industry are “very vulnerable to abuse,” explains Bates.
Miss L’s work catalogues the terrible sexism present in casting calls and offers women a space in which to share their stories. The Telegraph reports that the standard character description for a male reads something like, “tough, intelligent, calculated,” while a female role is likely to be described as “beautiful if a bit tarty.” It’s about time that changed.
Thanks to The Telegraph
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