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Thin. Thin. Thin.

Casting Call for Photoshoot*:

Description: Thin, thin, thin (THIN) females to play:
A. Young people addicted to crystal methamphetamine;
B. Depressed teens;
C. Anoerexics.

Wardrobe: Dark, scruffy clothing. Dirty hair. Dark eye make-up.

*This is a non-union, non-paying job. NB. There will be no food or water on site.

Seriously? Serious. Wow. A=B=C? All the same. Right. That’s what I thought.

Sometimes I just want to point my wand at the whole thing and say “Riddikulus” and watch the whole industry turn into a big spider on rollerskates.

NB. Alhough I took out the specific details of the above casting call, all words, phrasings, and the ridiculous sterotyping used in the above are taken from an actual casting call. I shouldn’t be surprised, but I still feel horrified.

Reality: Take a look at Lauren Greenfield’s documentary entitled: THIN. And her photography of THIN.

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    foolscircle
    February 23, 2007 at 9:09 PM

    Jesus H. Christ on a unicycle! Was that actually an ad you saw? *shakes head sadly*

    A sidenote: I remember seeing an ad for the documentary and being horrifically disturbed by what was on my TV screen… partially because I’ve seen similar things happen to girls: I was the theater photographer at my college, and a number of beautiful young woman were constantly unhappy with how they looked. A couple of them would ask me to make them look “skinnier” when I took their publicity photos. God, it was so disturbing.

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    mostlyme
    February 23, 2007 at 10:00 PM

    This wasn’t an ad I saw, this casting call was directly taken from an email my agent sent to the girls on the agency’s roster. Including ME. This casting call was sent to ME. Seriously. Seriously disturbing.

    I took out all the personal info and coded a wicked blockquote to make it look especially disturbing. The “NB.” was added for dramatic effect. Hammer it home. Although I wouldn’t be surprised if it were true. They NEVER feed you if you are not union. NB. Models do not have a union.

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    foolscircle
    February 23, 2007 at 11:00 PM

    That is quite possibly the most FUBAR’d thing ever. I’m so glad I’m morbidly obese… *remembers his ribs are still showing*… uh, nevermind.

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    Surprising. « they mostly come out at night… mostly
    March 15, 2007 at 5:56 PM

    […] sweet, snarky rant about it. But just when I was going to pack in my acting career after the whole “thin” debacle, I was lured back into the rat race by a smart beer […]

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