Leftists have already proven that they aren't above lying about their racial heritage in order to take advantage of affirmative action programs or cultural privilege (which these days is non-white). Elizabeth "Fauxcahontas" Warren, anyone? Rachel Dolezal? Shaun White? Linda Sarsour?
Now Deadline.com reports that "famed acting coach" Lesly Kahn was recently caught on tape in a profanity-laced coaching session urging an aspiring actress -- who happens to be Jewish -- that she would have a better shot at scoring an agent and booking a role in a TV series if she pretended to be Latina.
Here is the partial audio:
Deadline breaks it down:
The tape begins with Kahn telling a class of acting students that the young woman should come with an Hispanic name “that will absolutely convince people that you’re Latin.”
“OK,” the student laughs. “OK.”
“Any other ideas?” Kahn asks the students.
“Fernandez?” a female student suggests.
“Ah,” Kahn says approvingly to general laughter. “I can’t be the first person that suggested this.”
The young actress responded: “Yeah, you are. I get ethnically ambiguous all the time. I took a 23 and Me [the DNA ancestry company], and I’m 100% Ashkenazi Jewish. … But yeah, no one’s ever told me to change my name.”
“I 100% thought you were Latin when we came here,” another student tells the young actress.
“Yeah, I get that. I’m Armenian,” she replied.
“F*ck the Armenian, that’s not going to help you,” Kahn said. “The Latin could actually get you interviews for representation. Just the fact that your name is Rosa Ramirez is gonna get you a meeting. … So you might try it. …
Go to the headshot shop and tell them you’re Latin. Wear something f*cking red. Wear some f*cking sparkly earrings. Change your goddamned name, and let’s just do an experiment. You know what I mean? Just f*cking come up with most Latin name you can come up with, and I mean I don’t know what we’re going to do if they ask is she’s really Latin. I don’t know how we’re going to handle that. Maybe no one will ask. … Aren’t we allowed to change our names to whatever we want to change our names to? And she already looks it. So stop admitting to being a huge Jew. OK? That’s not going to help you. Speaking as one, it’s not going to help. As a Jew, it doesn’t help. … So just try it … and keep us posted, like the saga of Rosa Ramirez.”
Then she added, “Make sure before you change it to Rosa Ramirez that there isn’t already a Rosa Ramirez in SAG [Screen Actors Guild], and if there is, we try a slightly different name.”
After being exposed, Kahn subsequently tweeted an apology that was remarkably free of profanity:
Not that anyone expects ethical behavior from Hollywood, but this is a prime example of how the left, especially in the entertainment biz, manipulates identity politics in its favor.