While speaking before a group of improv students in East Hollywood, comedy star and director Jordan Peele said he would not be casting white people for leading roles after the success of his new movie, “Us”.
Hollywood Reporter writes that Peele, of “MADtv” and “Key & Peele” fame, told a “diverse set of 20-something improv students” that the lesson he learned from the new movie “Us” is that he will likely no longer cast white actors in leading roles.
He told the crowd of nearly 200, “I don’t see myself casting a white dude as the lead in my movie,” adding, “Not that I don’t like white dudes, but I’ve seen that movie.”
Peele also noted that his job at Universal appears to be casting black actors in all roles, regardless of the content of the movie, telling the students that he “can say to Universal, ‘I want to make a $20 million horror movie with a black family.’ And they say yes.”
Peele said this drive for social justice first happened when “Saturday Night Live” attempted to hire him to do an impersonation of President Barack Obama during the 2008 election, and “MADtv” refused to let him out of his contract. He told students that he locked himself in a room, smoking marijuana, and eventually came to the conclusion that he wants to become a producer.
The improv actor turned director appears to think that excluding white is the surefire way to ensure racial tensions decrease in the United States, while completely oblivious to how divisive this sounds to Americans living outside the narrow worldview of Hollywood actors and directors.
Airbnb CEO Says Wuhan Virus Will Fundamentally Transform Domestic Travel
Post-pandemic America will not look the same.
Brian Chesky, the CEO of Airbnb, said to Reuters on January 14, 2021 that domestic travel patterns will not revert to pre-Wuhan virus pandemic standards.
In a Zoom call with Jonathan Weber, the global technology editor for Reuters, Chesky said that business travel will move towards leisure travel due to the fact that software like Zoom facilitates teleconferencing at unprecedented rates.
Furthermore, Chesky speculates that people won’t be visiting America’s largest cities as much as before, nor will they stay at crowded hotels. Instead, he believes that “many people will travel by car – some will travel by plane – and they’re going to travel to thousands of smaller communities. And many of these communities are going to be smaller cities and or even rural areas.”
Additionally, the Airbnb CEO notes that “farm stays are huge right now” and that national parks travel will become a major trend among travelers in the upcoming months. The latter will grow, in Chesky’s view, because most Americans have not visited such parks.
According to an Airbnb survey, 54% of Americans have plans of traveling in 2021 or they’re in the process of planning out their trips for the summer. Chesky asserted that travelers are “yearning for what was taken away from them.” He added, “they’re not yearning to see Times Square. What they are yearning to do is to see their friends and their families they have not seen in a long time.”
Tyler Durden of ZeroHedge raised an interesting point about this change in Americans’ travel patterns:
If Chesky is right about the significant travel shift, the hotel industry could be slated for a massive wave of bankruptcies and or consolidation to a degree never before seen.
Regardless, Americans are getting tired of the Wuhan virus lockdowns. Millions of Americans have had their freedoms infringed upon thanks to politicians who want to exploit a generalized crisis for their own gain.
If Republicans were smart, they would be unapologetically campaigning for their states to be reopened. Americans want to go back to their normal lives and engage in activities such as travel, which the political class has deprived them of.
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