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'Entourage' Denies Racist Casting


How do you know you have a successful show??

Let's make a checklist . . .

1. You launch a clothing line. Check.
2. One of the cast members gets to direct a feature film with a mega star producing. Check.
3. You get to "act" at the worlds biggest festival. Check.
4. You get accused of being racist for not casting minorities. Check.

The New York Post broke a story this week from one of Mark Wahlberg's former bodyguards (a former real entourage member) accusing the show of not being "real" in their casting choices.

Leonard Taylor, who worked for Wahlberg for a long time "back in the day" and is African-American, told the Post, There are no black people on the show. There are no black or Latino bodyguards, like Mark used to have - it's a slap in the face. People always ask me, 'Why is there no character based on you in "Entourage"?

Okay . . .

I love the producers response, because for once, network people didn't back down and recoil in fear from left-field accusations when they responded; The show is only loosely based on Mark Wahlberg's experience. There aren't really any bodyguards, and as for being multicultural, Turtle [one of the main characters] is dating an African-American.

Not to mention that Turtle's whole storyline revolves around his new girlfriend and her family, talk about bad timing, huh?

Besides, what are they supposed to do, base a character on everyone Wahlberg ever knew? And how many bodyguards did he really have??

So what's next?

5. A lawsuit against the show? Damn, you could sue them on the basis of sexism, religion, and race. And what about only showing the glamorous side of Hollywood?

Well, I want to be film director and if it's not as easy they make it look then I'm suing!!! Then maybe I can fund that biker chick space opera I wrote . . .

-- Janaki Cedanna

Posted by Janaki Cedanna on June 2, 2007 11:16 AM
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