Gossip Girl’s Penn Badgley talks about the lack of diversity in acting

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Gossip Girl star Penn Badgley is upset with the current state of acting, which, all too aware of white male privilege, as most films are made for marginalized people, by marginalized people and about marginalized people.“If anybody exists at any kind of intersection of oppression beyond the box of white male, I’d say let’s make damn sure that they’re being represented by the people who have lived this experience [and] not have people who haven’t lived the experience portraying them,” said the actor. The show aired on Lifetime in the US earlier this year and received critical acclaim. Netflix has picked up international rights to Season 1 and, after Lifetime cancelled the show, will air the second season worldwide. The conversation with Badgley meanders from the state of social media to diversity and his own views on the entertainment world, he thinks that society is not reflect the society properly.

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