Why do white babes with blue eyes get all the good parts?
LA-based performer and writer Tess Paras (you know here from NBC's Grimm) has made a hilarious rendition of Lorde's Royals that skewers typecasting.
Paras, who is Filipino-American, laments the lame roles that actors of colour get shoehorned into: geeky best friend, sassy urban friend, nanny, etc.
This comes on the heels of an ongoing conversation about diversity and the arts.
Saturday Night Live recently hired Sasheer Zamata, the first woman of colour on the cast since Maya Rudolph. They also brought on two black female writers after a raft of criticism that the show lacked overall diversity.
The Gazette's Brendan Kelly wrote last fall about the challenge that local black actors face when auditioning for stereotypical roles.
Here's hoping some casting directors are taking note!
Have a look here at Jess's parody here: