The Analyzer (acmeeoy) wrote in racebending,

Good News: PR is back! Bad News: The Red Ranger must be white!

As many might have heard, Saban has bought back Power Rangers and plans to adapt the Sentai Shinkenger for Nicktoons (Oops, it's Nickelodeon, Nicktoons is rerunning the 700 episodes) for 2011. As with all fandoms, people began searching every corner of the Internet for more information. Someone logged on to the website Actors Access and came across the casting sheet for the new season.

And here's our first bit of racefail!

PLEASE SUBMIT ELECTRONICALLY BY WEDNESDAY, MAY 19TH. HARD COPY DELIVERED BY FRIDAY, MAY 21ST. 
 
NOTE: ALSO INCLUDE PERFORMANCE VIDEOS OR ACTOR SLATES IF AVAILABLE.
DO NOT SEND DEMO TAPES.


Special Notes: LOCATION: ALL TALENT must be willing to relocate to New Zealand for
approx. 6 -8 months. Must have valid or current passport with at least one (1) year left
before renewal or able to get one.

RATE: NON-UNION EPISODIC. APPROX. Salary $70/hr or $1,000 per day plus ten
percent (10%) agent fee. Favored nations.

ALL OF THE FOLLOWING POWER RANGER ROLES are a group of teens 18-23
years to play 15-19 years. They are all nice looking, charismatic, energetic,
outgoing and a confident. They must have SUPER HERO LOOKS with average
height and in great physical condition. Martial arts or gymnastics a big plus:
 
RED RANGER - REESE ]
Caucasian (Emphasis mine) male, 18 - 23 to play 17-19 years. Reese is an attractive young man
with super hero looks and a slim athletic build, approx 5'10". Natural leader,
reserved quiet and mysterious. Martial arts a plus.

GREEN RANGER - PARRY ]
All ethnicity Male, 18 to 23 to play 17-19. He has good looks and a strong slim
build. He is approx. 5'6" - 5'9", He is a rebel, street smart He is very creative and
not afraid to think outside the box.

BLUE RANGER - BARON ]
Could be any ethnicity Male, 18 to early twenties to play 16-19 years. He is a
handsome athletic man with honorable intentions. Approx. 5'6" - 5'10" with a
slightly thinner build. Extremely disciplined, punctual, 'military' square.
*Martial arts ability is required.

PINK RANGER - SADIE ]
Any ethnicity, 18 to 23 to play 16 to 19 years. 5'4"-5'6. She is beautiful,
sophisticated, intelligent and confident. She tends to be the older sister type.
Motherly. She is very intuitive and genuinely cares about others.

YELLOW RANGER - AVA ]
Any ethnicity, 18 to early twenties to play 14 to 16 years of age. 5'2"- 5'5".
Very cute, sweet, positive and very naïve small town girl. She is the baby
sister that everyone looks after.

GOLD RANGER - WESLEY ]
Any ethnicity male, 18 - 23 to play 17-19 years. He is on the slim side
- 5'7" - 5'10". He is over animated, funny and affectionate, a Jim Carrey type
but with no ego. He is a guy who grew up in the streets and is self taught
fighter and a self taught computer programmer. Must have great comedic
body movements.

PRINCESS - MEGAN  ]
Any ethnicity female, 18 to early twenties to play 16 to 19 years of age.
height 5'4"- 5'6". good looking, cold and aloof. She is a princess with blue
blood lineage. She is very brave and maintains her courage under difficult
circumstances.



 

Um. Why.

Why does the Red Ranger have to be white? Why can all of the other rangers be of any ethnicity, but the Red Ranger has to be of Caucasian origin? Are TJ from the second half of Turbo, Shane from Ninja Storm, Jack from SPD, Nick from Mystic Force, and Scott from RPM associated with low ratings? Is the viewership accepting of Rangers from all sorts of backgrounds, but the lead being a person of color turn them off? Is white associated with a boost in viewership in PR?

Just...why!?

Edit: Contact Info to speak about this

Write to Nick: http://www.nick.com/mynick/write_nick/mail.jhtml

Nickelodeon
Viewer Services
1633 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
(212) 258-7579
Nick Website: http://www.nick.com/



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