Amazon’s Identity Politics: The End of Acting

UUnder the aegis of a certain Latasha Gillespie, the following conclusion has been reached: from now on, productions by Amazon Studios should “ideally contain a minimum of 30 percent women and 30 percent members of an underrepresented racial / ethnic group”. The most delicate commitment is hidden in the middle of the list: “Casting actors whose identity (gender, gender identity, nationality, race / ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability) matches the character.”

It reads like the end of acting. So far, this art has been about someone pretending to be someone else – and doing it so convincingly that the audience did it for him. So far, for example, sexuality has been a private matter. How do you have to imagine that in the future? Does an actress have to prove how lesbian she is, or is credible insurance enough?


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