Media Consumers for Entertainment Equality
In May 2010, we wrote about casting for the 18th season of Power Rangers and how Nickelodeon restricted the lead role in Power Rangers to white actors only–despite the franchise’s past history of diversity and ‘colorblind’ casting.
Racebending.com wrote Nickelodeon’s CEO Jeff Dunn via email asking that he re-release the casting breakdown and give actors of color a fair and equal chance to audition for the lead role. We didn’t get a response. (Sorry folks!) Edit: But the casting call was changed! See below!
Our concern wasn’t that the Power Rangers weren’t going to be diverse–the show has always been diverse. What we were concerned about was that actors of color were not given a fair and equal chance to try out to be the Red Samurai Ranger–the lead role–for Nickelodeon’s first season of the show. For whatever reason, Nickelodeon didn’t specify the ethnicity of the supporting Rangers, but their leader had to be white.
Racebending.com facebook user Austin B. posted a mash up photo (see below) and a heads up on our Facebook page. According to
A really diverse cast, but, behind the scenes, a glass ceiling. Your mileage may vary.
EDIT: Good news! Foxtree reports that the casting breakdown was updated after we sent the letter to Nickelodeon. (No idea or any way to determine if we were the reason why or not.) Here’s the breakdown below:
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