Following a major independent investigation into the culture of the CBS after the former CEO Les Moonves departed from allegations of allegations of sexual misconduct – one former executive reported the network is “a workplace full of systemic racism, discrimination, and sexual harassment.” t
I post your Diversity, former member of Whitney Davis SPC wrote on racism at the company, which she said stopped the development and careers of talented people and increased harassment. When she reported the issues in a long two-hour interview with the two lawyers who investigated SLS, there was no follow-up, she says. She understood “Sadly, SPC does not value a different workplace.
Davis also notes, out of the 36 creative actors of the network, that only three women (and no black) are colored women. She describes how the exclusion of color people on each level kept her back professionally. She writes:
Two black women worked in production on the broadcast – myself and another. We had the lowest ranking positions on the team. It is not uncommon in most white institutions, most of our white colleagues found it difficult to keep our names straight. As a joke, they started calling us We-Dra-short for Whitney and Deidra. In every job I had at CBS, co-workers have confused other black women in the office, as if we were interchangeable. I don't think most people understand how these daily micro-attacks are depreciated. Or maybe they do and they don't care for them.
One senior producer “Evening News SPC” always wanted to touch my hair and share an inappropriate sexual joke. Once again, I broke this as ignorance – I didn't want to post my impression – and I continued pushing forward.
According to Davis:
For many years I rolled with the punches. Then in late 2009, when a white female colleague used the word N-in my presence, I was very sad. It was recommended that I speak to a senior executive in the news section. Her answer was to say that I should have a thicker skin. I was heartless. Why should I go to HR to file a formal complaint if a senior executive does not tell me but I need to be stricter?
Davis also claims that Peter Golden, the pioneer of CBS's talent and talent, does not find “minority performers are as talented as white actors. She claims that Golden usually used qualified color actors to white agents. Golden said Diversity Davis claims about him “falsely false.”
While the diversity in Hollywood is slowly improving, the representation of color people remains, particularly behind the camera. According to the UCLA Hollywood Diversity Report 2019, only 12.6 per cent of film writers and 7.8 per cent of directors are minorities. CBS responded to a statement that “strengthening our culture” is a “top priority” for the company.
Davis, who spent over ten years at the company, left CBS eventually. “In late July I took medical leave with what I initially thought was anxiety and stress from postpartum depression,” she wrote. “I have learned since then that my CBS toxic environment is the source of my anxiety and stress. Company policies must address and root racism and discrimination.
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