Magazine November 15, 2010, Issue

NPR’s Class Act

Journalist Juan Williams (Wikimedia)
Juan Williams’s real crime was to refuse to stick with his own kind

Afew years ago, during my weekly commentary on the local public-radio station, I used the word “midget.”

I was explaining the ruthless and whip-fast efficiency of the Hollywood casting machine. Here, in the spirit of transparency, is what I said:

Describe a character as young, male, originally from Texas, and the next day your office waiting area is filled with young actors in identical jeans, boots, and patterned cowboy shirts with snaps, all waiting to read for the role. Describe a female character as “brainy” and every single actress you see will come in wearing glasses and some kind of serious-smelling cologne.

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