June 13, 2012 06:50 AM by Stephanie Gustafson
Glee Project fanatics know Robert Ulrich as the guy who provides contestants with much-needed feedback. Ulrich may know how to force young singers to get their act together, but he also happens to be a rather eloquent writer. In a recent blog entry on The Huffington Post, Robert Ulrich tells readers of the struggles faced in television today. Read on for more!
Robert Ulrich recently laid his thoughts out for readers of The Huffington Post. In his article Breaking Down Stereotypes, the Glee Project mentor mentions the unfortunate fact that most demographics are either largely left out on TV or only portrayed in “crude stereotypes.” He then explains how, as Glee casting director and Glee Project mentor, he has been fortunate enough to come across some truly unique individuals.
Ulrich finds that, while casting a diverse group is not always difficult, giving all the cast members distinctive characters can be. He credits Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy for ensuring that characters with disabilities come across as real people. For example, “the character of Becky Jackson, played by Lauren Potter, does not revolve around the fact that she has Down syndrome. She is a well-rounded character, funny, sexy, mean and sweet. She not only possesses good qualities, but bad qualities, as well. She is a human being.” All these things are great, but Ulrich somehow forgot to mention the fact that Becky’s inner voice is that of Queen Elizabeth II. If that doesn’t make her likable, I don’t know what else could.
It’s great that Robert Ulrich and Ryan Murphy are both dedicated to improving on-screen diversity. And it will be interesting to see the diverse new cast they come up with next year.
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