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This week in Ranger Fail: Ranger hopeful, Sundai Love turned down for tokenism 
22nd-Jul-2012 02:17 pm

Former American's Next Top Model contestant, Sundai Love, auditioned for the role of the Yellow Ranger in Saban's upcoming Power Rangers Megaforce series and was reportedly rejected for the role because the series had filled its quota on Black actors, specifically of the male variety. The actress has repeatedly tweeted her disappointment about their choice, all of which pertain to the unfortunate truth about the system of race and racism in casting:

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This isn't the first time Power Rangers (or rather Saban Brands) has made headlines (or not) over the issues of race and casting. No one will ever let them forget the suspect casting of Walter Jones* (a African-American man) and the late Thuy Trang (a Vietnamese-American woman) as the Yellow and Black Power Rangers in the original Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. And only recently with their first entry into the series since Time Force, Power Rangers Samurai, they released a casting call for the Red Ranger that specified only white male actors were allowed to audition for the role. However, this is the first time that they've specifically rejected an actor over the stipulation that they already had one Black actor aboard and thus had no interest in casting another.

There's a rumor that their choice for the new Yellow Ranger appears to be this aspiring actress:

Ciara Hanna tweeted "good news" and changed her twitter profile image to something more yellow, presumably a roundabout way of celebrating her new gig as a Power Ranger. Not surprisingly, nothing about this issue hasn't hit mainstream news sites, there's not even a peep about it on TMZ, but it's definitely caught the attention of Power Ranger fans all over the internet.

*Though according to some rumors I've heard, he originally auditioned for the Blue Ranger (Billy), but settled with black because he liked the color.
23rd-Jul-2012 01:45 pm (UTC)
Honestly, even without the Samurai fail, this doesn't surprise me. There have only been three black actresses to portray Rangers, and the most recent was in 2001. :(
23rd-Jul-2012 06:30 pm (UTC)
I hope to get the chance to interview Saban at some point at work (through Israeli stuff) and I'm curious how aware he is of this stuff, how much casting input he has.
24th-Jul-2012 02:59 pm (UTC)
...the fuck? How, just... how?
31st-Jul-2012 03:18 am (UTC)
I saw this on Tumblr. Really awful.
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