RA Supports NABET-UNIFOR’s Terminology Reform Initiative

20 Mar, 2021

Reel Asian is proud to join other media organizations and sector unions in support of NABET 700-M UNIFOR‘s new Terminology Reform initiative, launching to coincide with International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on Sunday, March 21, 2021.

From their statement:

“The entertainment sector, like many others, is grappling with questions of how to build a diverse and inclusive workplace. We have a unique dual responsibility to do so, as an industry both highly visible to the public, and bearing the power to shape the public’s perceptions.

The attached Terminology Reform bulletin was created by a NABET 700-M UNIFOR Permittee who saw an opportunity for change from within their own ranks. This bulletin highlights terminology used regularly on set primarily in the Grip and Lighting Departments, terms that should be immediately removed from set vocabulary due to their discriminatory origins and/or implications.

We hope that by identifying terms that are currently being used without awareness of their impact and message they send, and by sharing the origins of these terms, crews can move onto language that promotes open and inclusive workplaces.”

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