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Subject: Re: BAFTAs Go Batty
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On Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 10:27:35 AM UTC-8, BTR1701 wrote:

> In article <p2j6g0$kv8$1@dont-email.me>,
>  Ian J. Ball<IJBall@mac.invalid> wrote:
> 
> > On 2018-01-03 17:59:34 +0000, BTR1701 said:
> > 
> > > In article<anim8rfsk-911F6F.10204203012018@news.easynews.com>,
> > >  anim8rfsk<anim8rfsk@cox.net> wrote:
> > > 
> > >> In article<ae97fbb1-c555-4439-babc-a369ff8790c9@googlegroups.com>,
> > >> Ed Stasiak<estasiak@att.net> wrote:
> > >> 
> > >>> http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2016/12/19/the_bafta_awards_wil...
> > >>> de_films_that_are_not_diverse_starting_in_2019.html
> > > 
> > >>> Starting in 2019, if Your Film Isn't Diverse, It Won't Be Eligible for a
> > >>> BAFTA Award
> > >>> 
> > >>> In an incredibly bold move,
> > >> 
> > >> There are a lot of words for this. "Bold" is not one of them.
> > > 
> > > So a movie about the Vikings now has to cast black and latino and Asian
> > > people as Norsemen?**
> > > 
> > > Or are films about white people just not allowed at all anymore?
> > > 
> > > 
> > > 
> > > **I know Marvel already did that when they turned Asgard into It's A
> > > Small World with swords, but I'm talking about more serious films.
> > 
> > Yes - this basically rules any serious historical drama, or literature 
> > adaptaion, out of contention. So any future Jane Austen adaptation, or 
> > even more ridiculously, any film about a, say, 15th century African 
> > tribe or empire (all black cast, so "not diverse", right?...), would be 
> > out of luck.
> 
> Unless BAFTA goes with the current US definition of 'diverse', which is 
> 'not white'. If they use our definition, then yes, an all-black cast is 
> still 'diverse'. In fact, it's at maximum 'diversity'.

Then it's explicitly racist, and I don't see how it would withstand challenge.