Job Opening — But Not for You Whitey

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A casting call to hire a new CBC host that specifically said white people need not apply has been withdrawn, with the casting agent offering apologies for the mistake.

The original ad for the host of a children’s show, posted on the casting agency’s website under a CBC logo and on Craigslist, said: “Please only submit [an audition tape] if you match the following criteria: Male between the ages of 23-35 years; Any race except Caucasian.”

CBC

A new version of the ad removes the race reference, but maintains the sex and age restrictions and that applicants “must be able to carry a tune,” “ability to dance or move well is a bonus,” and should be “not afraid to show a silly side,” among others.

The wording before the change

Hello!

If you’re here to find instructions regarding a self tape audition submission for the male Kids’ CBC Host, you’re in the right place! Below, you will find a PDF with the audition material and all of the instructions.

Please only submit if you match the following criteria:

▪   Male between the ages of 23-35yrs

▪   Any race except Caucasian

▪   Non-union

▪   Must be able to carry a tune (ability to dance or move well is a bonus but not necessary)

▪   Comfortable being in front of a camera and not afraid to show a silly side

▪   Great with kids; the type of guy that pre-schoolers would love to be around

▪   Loves physical comedy, would enjoy hanging out with puppets all day and can be funny on the fly

 

The revised casting call was issued and the Craigslist ad deleted Monday after critics on Twitter started questioning the restriction.

The exclusion shocked many, including Alex Guibord, a communications consultant in Toronto.

“It is wrong in any ad to exclude people — women need not apply, specific races need not apply, gays can’t apply,” he said in an interview.

Adding that he is of mixed race and gay, he thinks exclusionary policies are out of line: “You’re trying to be more inclusive, visually, by being exclusionary.”

The independent agency contracted by the CBC to post the ad said it was a mistake.

“We apologize. We made a mistake and we’re apologizing profusely,” said Larissa Mair of Larissa Mair Casting and Associates Inc.

“I’m mortified,” she said.

“We were asked to seek a cast of diversity. We mistakenly took that to mean that the production was not seeking Caucasian actors. This was a mistake that was made entirely by the casting company.

“Of course, it’s open to all ethnicities,” she said.

Chuck Thompson, head of media relations for CBC English Services, said the language in the ad was regrettable but the public broadcaster was indeed looking for diversity.

“At CBC, inclusion and diversity is a priority. This means reflecting Canada and its regions as well as the country’s multicultural and multiracial nature,” says a letter the CBC provides casting agencies, forwarded by Mr. Thompson.

“As a part of our commitment to this priority, we are now reaching out to our partners in production to ensure that a concerted and documented effort be made … to cast actors who reflect Canada’s diversity,” the letter says.

“Our focus in this latest initiative is simply to ensure that our search to find the best talent is broad and inclusive.”

Said Mr. Thompson: “Regrettably, in this particular case, it’s clear that our language was not used but it will be corrected.”

As a part of our commitment to this priority, we are now reaching out to our partners in production to ensure that a concerted and documented effort be made … to cast actors who reflect Canada’s diversity

The show being cast was Patty and Mamma Yamma. In past Kids’ CBC shows, Mamma Yamma is a yam puppet who runs a fruit and vegetable stand in Toronto’s Kensington Market.

The casting call also offers tips for applicants.

“Make it your own and show off your personality. We’re not looking for someone to play a character, but to be himself,” it says. “The lighting and sound are key — we want to be able to clearly see and hear you, so shoot your audition somewhere quiet and well lit.”

Applicants must also submit a photo and résumé.

The audition script to be performed features a host talking directly to young viewers.

“Oh hi! I’m so glad you’re here!” the script reads. “It’s ‘Healthy Me’ week, and I was just about to do some exercises to help me get strong and healthy. Hey … why don’t you do them with me?”

The host then runs on the spot while ad libbing to the audience.

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  • Jane

    This is highly insulting to thousands people. There are mixed people here for generations like half white, half native; mixed white;half black; half white; half white, half chinese. Some of us have 3 races because we go back 400 years so what do you call us!

  • Jane

    Wait a minute, my birth city is 99% white!

  • Be Real

    Outrageous.. your all idiots if you think this is ok… Talk about being racist, CBC should be given the same treatment as Paula Deen if we wanna play this game.. “any race except Caucasian..” are you f-ing kidding me?? There is a severe double standard going on, as well as a lot of hypocrisy.

  • Brian Fr Langley

    Being a white Canadian male, I should be outraged!!! However I’m not. Why??? We’ve gone so far down the path of political correctness that I’m mostly resigned to my fate. But if I really need a job (welfare is great in most area’s of Canada) I can come out of the closet (call myself gay) and CBC will fall all over themselves to hire me.

  • plsilverman

    and what does that mean? that not only Repubz can act like racists? that side of the aisle has carried the torch for segregation even higher since, uh, let’s see: 01-20-09.

  • CmonMann

    Oops, they actually put in the ad what they wanted! they have no intent to hire a white person, so why not say it?.

    pretty funny

  • Sherry

    America apologizes for the utter lack of class shown by O’Reilly’s insistent interruptive control on his unwatched show. When will he notice that he wears NO clothing? A crown of credibility(a new word for Bill) is not on his head.

    • Wheels55

      unwatched? check the ratings.

    • http://twitter.com/Shawneuser Shawneuser

      He interrupts when he feels it is necessary, and it often is. He does not allow spin on his show and many of his guests try to spin. So, its inevitable.

      • Roger Coley

        O’Liely is so full of crap, he takes a bath in Tidy Bowl.

  • http://twitter.com/JQFreedom J Q Freedom

    Other than it being a government agency, who cares? (Because it is a government agency, or “crown corporation,” then it is wrong, but bear with me…)

    Really, for the private sector (to make my point), why shouldn’t businesses (yes, I know this is not a private sector business) be able to hire whomever they want?

  • tombarnes

    This is just the beginning.

    Next time the government will be taxing whites who unfairly enjoy ‘white privilege.’ It is only fair you know. we have to make things equal. It will be a five per cent tax on whites for merely existing. Get ready, it is coming. You have the heard the phrase ‘white privilege’ an awful lot recently, haven’t you?

  • Jamika

    Ain’t no one got a say as to what color they gonna be. We all need to remember that.

  • Souvoter

    I had to move to the back of the bus when I was 18 and fresh out of high school and wanted to go to work for Prudential where my sister worked but was not hired because of quotas in 1968. It just made me more determined and work harder to get where I wanted to be. It’s way past time to set the playing field fair and square and stop favoring any race over another. Seems to me that the unsavory are trying to breed out the white race and those unsavory whites are slitting their own throats.

    • Jane

      Been to ottawa lately. Older whites and blacks are pushed to the back because all the minorities dont give a hoot about giving up the designated seats! I saw a couple like 80 years old and not one person got up to offer them a seat I was so enraged. Like anytime I see an old person I offer my seat up I dont care what race they are or someone disabled….

    • Jane

      In canada its the white liberals who have ruined us and continue to destroy canada under racist multicultural policies. Want to know what is funny. The feminists do not support a white woman at all in this country anymore, they are too busy saving all the poor third world women being abused overseas and placing them in shelters here and giving them welfare cheques until they get their free houses at our expense of course! And if you are a white woman with no kids you might as well be barney in canada no one gives a crap!

  • Drew Page

    Bernie — It appears from the reactions to your article that Mr. Obama has been very successful in playing both ends against the middle. He has succeeded in turning then races against each other as well as the young against the old; the poor against the rich; the employed against the unemployed; non-Christians against Christians; and legal residents against illegal residents. I can’t think of a single issue on which Americans are united. This is and will be the Obama legacy and it is a terrible one.
    Instead of healing the rifts and solving the problems of America, he exploits them for political gain. Yes, Mr. Obama has succeeded in turning America into a house divided. He may indeed be a successful politician, but he has been an absolute failure as a leader of our country.

    • Jane

      Obama is the anti-Christ!

  • FloridaJim

    Wasn’t that how Obama was elected? It certainly wasn’t experience or honesty.

    • Jane

      Want a funny story I heard about Obama. When he first moved to america he decided he would live in a large black neighborhood. It turns out he moved there and they did not accept him in a church he went to and he was very upset and angry. They treated him as an outsider! There you go, they were black and hes black so what does that make them…….its the same in the white community we are all different……..

  • J S Gibson

    I’m sick and tired of hearing racists say that they are sick and tired of hearing old white men and women talk about reverse discrimination and bias. If we all were just plain color blind and look on one another as people, and not at our gender, race, age, or any other ways to discriminate except character and ability, our culture (and world) would be much better off. Some minorities show more racism today than the vast majority of those in the majority. Come to life!

    • Jane

      Then you have racism within canada. West coast hates east coast and ontario. Alberta doesnt like any outsiders, even whites. Quebec only likes quebec. Ontario doesnt like quebec. Easterners like anyone but are treated as second class citizens when they work out west- first to be hired, and first to be fired its the running joke in alberta! Easterners come in black, native and white races so how can you seggregate them?? Its outright prejudice based on where they are born……..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=893205606 Ronald S. Jordan

    The crying and whinnying and cries of reverse discrimination are sick and sad! Canada and the US have perpetuated the institution of racism and now when it is being dispelled by asking for more people of color to respond( yes the ad was not worded correctly, better wording would have reached into the diverse community). Still, I am sick and tired of hearing old white men and women talk about reverse discrimination and bias, not true and stupid! Wake up to the fact that the US and Canada are part of the problem and part of the solution. If you don’t want to see an ad like the one above be more inclusive in hiring. All jobs have merit, in other words, people of color will have to qualify and in doing so have the background and expertise to do the job requested. Just making the announcement that the job is strongly recruiting diverse candidates, doesn’t necessarily mean that the person(s) will get the job. What it does say, is that the organization is open to all people, that they are not a exclusive “white boy, girl” company, which I think is the what most within the industry currently it is.

    Bernie, do you ever look at network television( in the US) or again, because someone is actively trying promote diversity and inclusion, it hurts your” little white boy heart”, to see diversity and inclusion raise it’s head? Well, people of color are a majority globally, embrace diversity and incorporate it into your lives, your children and grandchildren are already. Wake up!

    • http://twitter.com/Shawneuser Shawneuser

      It isn’t reverse racism. It is racism. Get it right.

      it isn’t promoting diversity or inclusion if you are excluding someone.

    • Jane

      Obama is a closet racist and moslim lover- he started this whole mess! Hes bringing back america to 1940!!

    • Jane

      Have you even seen a chinese or east indian workplace sir? THey never hire anyone but their own race! And if your white and dont speak french you cant apply for a government job now, so this means someone who just landed in canada gets the job over you. This means a minority from another country gets the job over any WHITE, BLACK OR NATIVE BORN IN THIS COUNTRY………..

  • Churchill4President

    Most Americans probably don’t know this but It’s a fact that white people are the minority in many Canadian cities due to unrestricted 3rd world immigration for the past 50 years in Canada.

    Since “caucasians” are now a minority how can they justify this kind of blatant discrimination and outright hatred?

  • christopher mahoney

    The term of art here in the US is “from a diverse background”.

  • Drew Page

    Can you just imagine the reaction if the ad said “____________ need not apply.”? Fill in the blank with any of the following:
    * Non Caucasions
    * Gays/lesbians/transsexuals
    * Jews. Muslims, Buddists
    * Anyone who voted for Obama

    • http://1389blog.com/ 1389AD

      One of the many reasons why I am preparing to emigrate (which is a long and difficult process) is that I am no longer willing to live in a country that is riddled with the final category in your list – the O-bots.

      • Roger Coley

        I’ll help you pack cry-baby.

        • http://1389blog.com/ 1389AD

          You are not touching any of my possessions. I suspect that you are nothing more than a common thief.

  • Shane

    All this multiculturalism BS is a cover for an attack on white people, especially white men. The Left views white Christian men as their great enemy.

    • http://1389blog.com/ 1389AD
    • Michael

      True.

      the immigrants, black people etc… they all want the white women to remain, but want white men to be thrown into a giant blender (or a gas chamber)

  • Don39

    They may have recanted when caught but not in effect.You know darn well that position will not go to a white! One only need watch CBS for a few hours , especially the commercials, in fact any of the so-called mainstream tv media, to see the agenda. Blacks way out represent their percentage of the actual population and blatantly so. Further they try to push the envelope on moral issues by showing mostly mixed couples , unrealistic racial mixing, and divient lifestyles and abominations before God and society!

  • Iklwa

    Obviously a typographic error in that ad.

    Our Canadian cousins, after crafting iron clad hate speech, fairness and inclusivness legislation would never discriminate against an old, white guy!

    The only qualification that would have made it better would have been something to the effect of “any religion except Christian”.

    But then surely they would never discriminate against old, white Christian guys either now would they?

    It MUST have been a typo…

    • Jane

      And christians are the MAJORITY in canada and the USA! Canada = 76% and America = 80%………

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1560111594 Robert Blum

    ‘Racism’ in any fashion is a divisive societal poison that is but a great reminder of the ‘immortal declaration’ within the US Constitution that ‘all men are created equal’.

    • Don39

      Are you talking about the Canadian Constitutution or CBS policy?

    • Drew nPage

      They may be created equal, but they sure don’t turn out that way.

    • Bob Hadley

      You need to read the US Constitution. It contain no such declaration. You may be thinking of Pres. Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.howerton.3 Robert Howerton

    Racism has always been a part of the democrat party. They however blame shift, slandering a republican for what they are in fact Doing. Robert KKK Byrd, Grand ClansMan, held office all his miserable life elected Democrat. Passed away a few years ago, but I bet most would say he was a republican. Liberals @ Democrats are Racist to the CORE.

    • Don39

      Though what you say is true, what does it have to do with a CANADIAN hiring ad? Unless you can relate it in general to CBS policy, as I did, and to mainstream media policy, which I did. Read the story.

  • JBubs

    “Regrettably, in this particular case, it’s clear that our language was not used but it will be corrected.”

    Mr. Thompson, what exactly do you mean by “our language”?

  • Stimpy

    If you are a white, older male fageddaboutit. I should know.

    • http://1389blog.com/ 1389AD

      It isn’t any better for older white women. We’re too expensive to insure so nobody will hire us for anything other than part-time low-wage jobs with no benefits.

      • Stimpy

        I hear you. I got pushed out of my corporate job. Now I’m working as a contractor, doing the same exact work for the same exact corporation, but with no benefits. Something tells me this wouldn’t have happened to a minority.

        • http://1389blog.com/ 1389AD

          I’m in the process of emigrating. Applying for papers, disposing of my personal property, etc. etc. I expect to be working at one of the jobs that has been offshored from the US.

        • Jane

          I never got to get married or have a settled life as of yet. I am a white woman whose being outsourced by affirmative action in canada. I have held great jobs most of my life. It took my brother 7 years to get into a professor position at a university due to this bs………..but back then it was all women had to be hired so every time he went for a job a woman got the job over him.

          • Jane

            Canada spends 66 billion a year on useless immigration when they could be hiring local people who are already educated, hiring more doctors and building nursing homes. It is utter stupidity. We have the highest unemployment in the G7- and our youth unemployment is hovering at 34%…………..

          • Stimpy

            Jane, interesting that you should mention that. The big corporation I used to work for had a division in Canada. I’d look at the list of people working on a project, listed in an email, and it looked like the United Nations. Yes Canada seems to have a more open immigration policy than even the US. Guess they have to fill up those wide open prairies or tundras or whatever. Good luck to you. Lucky for me I am very close to retirement.

  • Ksp48

    So who do you think will be hired?

  • ted

    Least they’re not shooting us…yet.

    • http://1389blog.com/ 1389AD

      They’ll start up with that as soon as they’ve finished robbing us of the last of our possessions.

  • mcweijun

    Not much different from an ad for a government job of any kind in So. Cal.

  • Roadmaster

    In Mexico City, help wanted ads say, “Must appear professional,” which is code for “if you have dark skin, don’t bother.”

    Indios and peons (generally much less educated besides being “sun-kissed”) are highly discriminated against by the racist elites in that country and make up most of the illegal alien population which unlawfully enters the US.

    • Roadmaster

      And this is by design – Mexico’s very own ethic cleansing policy.

      • trailbee

        Which explains our illegal immigration problem, as their economy is growing by leaps and bounds. They’re not educating and hiring their own, which means the “sun kissed” come here.

        • http://1389blog.com/ 1389AD

          If we shut off the flow of illegal immigrants then that will force Mexico to clean up its act. The US is serving as Mexico’s safety valve.

      • http://1389blog.com/ 1389AD

        Ironically – Mexico strongly discourages immigrants from anywhere. Go figure.

        • Jane

          Same as Japan. Japan has a much lower birth rate than canada by the way. In fact, there are 35 other countries with a lower birth rate than canada so they can stop using that line of bullshit that we need more babies………its not true……

    • Jane

      Sorry to hear thats sad. I can relate! I grew up middle class and when I moved to ottawa in 2008- I had one job in my field that is now auomated. That spun me into a horrible situation of having to live in rooms and on social assistance. There is not ONE program to help me because I am white and not a single mother or a new immigrant from the third world. They get a new house right away and only pay 125 a month!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Roscoe-Bonnifitucci/100000459519027 Roscoe Bonnifitucci

    More Marxist Multicultural Crap! Racists abound in the world…and they are mostly people of color. The White Man has been preached to, denigrated, humiliated, ridiculed, cowered and forced into behaving well in Civil Society. The White Man has embraced Dr. Martin Luther King’s credo of “judging a person on the content of his character and not the color of his skin”.

    So much for Tolerance for the Hypocritical Leftist Liberal Progressive. They Lie and follow the tenets of Marxist Multicultural Crap instead of the Great Melting Pot which made America and Canada great countries in this small minded world full of Racist Hypocrites.

    Progressive Liberals are LIARS! They follow Marx…evil to the core.

    • Jane

      white women hate them too………….

  • Pelham123Guy

    I understand Hollywood Is specifically exempted from the nondiscrimination clause, due to the nature of their business. Casting calls for a black, Latino, or non-Caucasian, is perfectly acceptable under US law, Due to the specific nature of its business.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gwehling Gail Wehling

    This time I had to laugh even if it isn’t funny. Many, many whites should apply, get turned down and report it top an Attorney. A judge should be called into this one.

  • POC247

    They may have removed the offensive language but now everyone knows that whites need not apply and if they do, their auditions tapes will be thrown away. But, a clever white person could try for a guest appearance on the show if they take their cue from Wisconsin Univ. and paint the words guilty, privileged, unfair on their face. That’s quite trendy these days.

  • Joel

    Check back to see who they end up hiring. Perhaps they meant to hire a non-caucasian, but are merely embarrassed for saying so.

  • GarandFan

    “As a part of our commitment to this priority, we are now reaching out to
    our partners in production to ensure that a concerted and documented
    effort be made … to cast actors who reflect Canada’s diversity.”

    So what CBC is looking for is a “token”?

  • Firebird

    Because it was a casting call, it’s not unthinkable that they’d be looking for a particular “type.” However, their casting net was broad enough to include all but one group, which was the problem. (Imagine if they’d advertised for any race except black.) Had they sought someone from a specific group, let’s say they were looking for a Pacific Islander between the ages of 25 and 35, I don’t think it would have generated such an uproar.

    • http://1389blog.com/ 1389AD

      Even then, the casting requirement would have to bear some relationship to an actual workplace need – such as physical resemblance needed in order to portray a specific character, or fluency in a specific language.

  • nickshaw

    It’s funny. Lib’ruls WANT to be able to exclude certain segments of the population but, they are always touted as the Party Of Diversity
    I’m pretty sure “diversity” doesn’t mean the same thing to a lib’rul as it does me.

  • M. free

    I’ve noticed that my local news shows seem to have fewer if any Caucasian on-air staff these days. My opinion is that I want the best and most talented appearing on my TV set, regardless of gender or race. From my perspective, that means a good speaking voice. Clear, medium tone level and no accent so I can understand what is being said. In that context, I’m just not concerned with looks.

    • http://1389blog.com/ 1389AD

      I think the main qualification is to be able to lie with a straight face. An intelligent newscaster would be at a disadvantage.

    • Jane

      We no longer watch CTV or CBC in canada they are extreme left-wing stations………..

  • LennyPincus

    Gosh, I thought society was doomed by political incorrectness. I guess when the patriots become the victims (albeit mistakenly and accompanied by profuse apologies), righteous indignation knows no bounds.

  • ger

    I’m Caucasian, but I can shuffle. Am I eligible?

    • http://1389blog.com/ 1389AD

      Only if you’re applying for a job as a blackjack dealer in Vegas.

  • Paula

    It’s here in the States too: And it’s funded by OUR tax dollars!

    http://www.wnd.com/2013/04/toss-me-a-rope-these-lifeguards-cant-swim/

  • ARJ127

    As a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant Canadian I find that kind of BS reprehensible. Unfortunately, the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) and other government agencies tend to preferentially hire and promote visible minorities for jobs. That policy is just as wrong as excluding them on the basis of skin colour. This crap has been going on for over 35 years! I know. I’ve seen it happen. And then these bums have the temerity to call white people racists!

    • http://1389blog.com/ 1389AD

      It’s time to de-fund commie radio and commie television, both in Canada and in the US. Take them off the government teat.

    • Jane

      Yes and they stick an east indian new to canada down in the east coast in a town of 99% white- its really odd! They dont even know our culture!

    • Jane

      I dont think my uncle who fought in WW2 against the nazis was a racist! Gee………..

  • http://twitter.com/lucitee4 Luci Tomlin

    We have White, Black, Red and Yellow extremists’! Who believe THEIR race is the favored ones and all others were an after-thought of creation just to “pitch” them off! Unless they HUMBLY REPENT of their divisive and biased attitude they won’t be allowed to enjoy the peace, calmness, wonders and beauty of Heaven! There is NO ONE more diverse than God himself! To create and combine through his spoken word, artistic ability, his power, the wonders of evolution, the exactness of Science, and yet not duplicate even ONE SINGLE animate or inanimate thing? To me, that is absolutely awesome and amazing! What a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the differences in other races and embrace the similarities! And how very sad that we don’t/won’t! Racism is sick, wrong, demeaning, and God HATES it just as ALL of us should! The sad part is, those who DO practice it do so more from tradition than conviction! Parents, leaving a legacy of bias and hate that has no good outcome! And it is a “GROUP” ideology and tha’s when it becomes dangerous!! How sad!!

  • GlenFS

    Sure you can a welcome to audition if you’re white. You can use it as practice since you won’t be given any serious opportunity for hire. Would you like to try it with me? :-(

    • Jane

      One of m y friend’s is half white and half native she has multiculturalism too!

      • Jane

        hates I mean………….

  • helplessinil

    So “diversity” means anything but caucasion? somebody call Webster’s Dictionary and get this updated. You better send someone elses picture with your application and wear alot of makeup in the video!

  • EddieD_Boston

    “Of course, it’s open to all ethnicities,” she said.

    Sure it is. If you believe that you still believe in the tooth fairy.

    • http://1389blog.com/ 1389AD

      When they hire a Canadian Serb for the job I’ll believe that.

      • Jane

        They wont hire any whites at all, born here or from europe!

  • http://blog.cyberquill.com/ Cyberquill

    On the other hand, if a company doesn’t want to hire individuals of a particular ethnicity, they’re not going to. By being upfront about it, at least they’re not wasting the time of applicants that stand no chance of being hired.

    • EddieD_Boston

      Honesty is always the best policy, except when hiring in the land of PC.

  • Big Goldberg Fan

    Sad, and right up there with Irish need not apply, Negroes use the back door, etc. etc. Only in today’s age, it’s a huge double-standard of hypocrisy. If you are white and Christian, it’s open season.

    • Jane

      Oh but according to a recent survey canada’s christians are NOT REALLY CHRISTIAN OR RELIGIOUS because alot don’t attend church! Its all bullshit! Your birth christian and you stay christian all your life whether you attend church or not! My mom went every week but my lawyer father didnt go often, he was still christian! I think its high time that other faiths and minorities stick up for us………….