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Good News: PR is back! Bad News: The Red Ranger must be white! 
20th-May-2010 06:56 pm
Reporting
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/



Comments 
20th-May-2010 11:20 pm (UTC)
Wow. That's just... wow.
20th-May-2010 11:20 pm (UTC)
The Red Ranger's mysteriousness is hiding his SECRET NEO-NAZI BACKGROUND OMG
20th-May-2010 11:26 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
Resse is a very Caucasian name if you ask me
20th-May-2010 11:30 pm (UTC)
LOL.


(also, how exactly would a 'Caucasian name' ONLY be for a Caucasian person, given the centuries of European imperialism and colonialism across the globe?)
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20th-May-2010 11:33 pm (UTC)
Oh-boy.... you know, as soon as I read the headline this is exactly what I thought was going to happen.

How predictable...
20th-May-2010 11:33 pm (UTC)
I heard somewhere that kids aged 2 - 14 can only enjoy a show if the leader is white. A white male. A white straight male. A white, straight, able-bodied male.





...I dunno, just heard somewhere. So it MUST be true, right?
21st-May-2010 12:04 am (UTC)
A white, straight, able-bodied American male.
20th-May-2010 11:33 pm (UTC)
It's possible that they want to avoid comments about skin color and Ranger color like the ones they got for older series (like the first Yellow and Black Rangers being played by an Asian and an African-American actor, respectively, or Tommy, who was supposed to be at least part Native, eventually becoming the Red Ranger). This is really just a theory, though, since there's no mention of the ethnicity for any other Ranger, only the Red. Which is... confusing. Seems like they really want the Rangers to be lead by a white guy. This feels like a serious step backwards, since a Wiki search shows me that at least 4 actors that have played the Red Ranger (maybe more, I can't tell the ethnicity of some of them, and it isn't mentioned in their wiki pages) have been actors of color, including the most recent one.

So, yeah, weak guess is that they want to avoid cries of racism about putting actors of color in costumes that "match" their skin. I kinda doubt it, though, and feel a little disappointed.
20th-May-2010 11:36 pm (UTC)
When I heard the news that Saban got the show back I \o/. Seeing this casting sheet makes me >:|.
21st-May-2010 12:31 am (UTC)
Pretty much this with me. Wasn't Wild Force the last one Saban did? I can't remember, it's been too long. Either way, I am very disappoint re: the casting calls. ~_~

*gets back from checking sites linked above* YUP! That explains why *I* left after that season. x3
20th-May-2010 11:42 pm (UTC)
Also, this might be something we could consider contacting NickToons and/or Saban to ask them about. I'm really curious to know what their response would be.
20th-May-2010 11:58 pm (UTC)
The closest I can find for Saban is contactanycelebrity.com, which you have to be a member of.
21st-May-2010 12:25 am (UTC) - My letter to Nick
Dear Nick,

I'm very excited that Power Rangers is going to repremiere on your network. I'm a long time fan of the show and I look forward to its premiere next year.

Nevertheless, I'm disappointed about certain info that has come to light. I've come across the casting sheet for the next season, and while I'm happy that all of the other Rangers can be of any race, I'm concerned that the Red Ranger has to be white.

I've enjoy all seasons of PR and love all the rangers. I thought TJ, Shane, Jack, Nick, and Scott were wonderful Red Rangers. As a white viewer, I had no trouble connecting with them. So why are you restricting the casting pool for this season's Red Ranger, even though the ones of color did just fine?

I've heard about the Japanese show that's adapting the footage and that the other rangers treated the Red Ranger with great reverence. I'm worried that it will negatively affect the viewers who are white and are of color if they see the minority rangers bowing to a white guy.

Can you contact Mr. Saban, or anyone else about it, so that actors of color would have the chance to take the Red Ranger mantle and serve good examples for your diverse viewers? If the best one for the role turns out to be black, asian, hispanic, or arab, then allow him to take the role.

Sincerely, a big fan,

[My Name]
21st-May-2010 12:34 am (UTC)
And the one they are adapting is from Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, which shows A LOT of Japanese culture influences, from the 'Shodo phone' (a calligraphy paint brush-cellphone) in writing the kanji of their elements, to their mechas being inspired by Origamis. Shinken Gold (who runs a sushi cart) uses a sword-technique that is similar to Zatoichi's one. It's going to be awkward if they put a white lead for this, as it feels like they are going the 'Last Samurai' route with a white guy leading... the Asian troops...

Oh, and the one Japanese actor in my icon IS the original Red for this show, Shinken Red's Shiba Takeru (but later, there is a female red named Kaoru who appears later)

This is the opening for Samurai Sentai Shinkenger: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1pqpRdL7cM
And if you watch the series, it IS steeped in a lot of the traditional Japanese culture.
21st-May-2010 12:38 am (UTC)
I'm not too concerned about the Japanese Culture...RPM and Goonger are VERY different, so I won't be surprised if that happens here too.

Again, what I'm concerned with is the white lead thing.
21st-May-2010 01:25 am (UTC)
Red Ranger is white because he's the *STAR*

:-p

I love that the Green Ranger is named "Parry" instead of oh say "Perry" which is an actual name and not something you block strikes with. Der hey.
21st-May-2010 01:38 am (UTC)
Awww, Parry is a great name! *thumbs up*
21st-May-2010 01:45 am (UTC)
LOL MAYBE BECAUSE THE RED RANGER THIS TIME IS GOING TO BE A NOTORIOUSLY BAD DANCER AND A SERIAL KILLER. I MEAN, WHITE PEOPLE DO THOSE THINGS BETTER THAN ANY OTHER RACE.

...Sorry. As a white person, I'm allowed to say that stuff, right? XD

This is for realz sad.
21st-May-2010 03:35 am (UTC)
lol irl :(
21st-May-2010 02:11 am (UTC)
Is this show going to be directed by Shyamalan?
21st-May-2010 02:27 am (UTC)
Anonymous
So let me get this straight the red ranger has been a person of color 4 times and had a POC leading the show on 4 different occasions but making him white this time is wrong LOL

had the red ranger always been white you may have a case
21st-May-2010 04:37 am (UTC)
What? We're not saying that "making him white this time is wrong."

We're saying that this time, it's wrong for them to not consider all ethnicities. It's wrong for them to prevent people of color from having the chance to even audition when there is clear precedence in the past that this role is not specific to any one ethnicity.
21st-May-2010 02:59 am (UTC)
Agreeing with all this. As a Power Rangers Fan, I'm disappointed as well.

I was always under the impression that Jason (the original Red Ranger) was a POC which I thought was refreshing that they had a POC as the leader.

Of course this led to inevitable heart break when he got replaced by Tommy.
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