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‘Gossip Girl’ alum Penn Badgley say ‘privileged white people’ make up majority of the working industry

Penn Badgley played the character on the hit series “Gossip Girl.”
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Actor Penn Badgley hit the acting industry for the lack of diversity in a recent interview, he said the white people are often chosen to play the role of marginalized or oppressed peoples.

“If someone is on any kind of crossing of suppression outside the box of the white man, I would say let’s [expletive] sure that they are represented by the people who have lived this experience, [and] not about the people who have not lived the experience of portraying them,” he told british PinkNews.

“Because at the end of the day you get a real picture,” he added.

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Specifically responding to a question about whether or not gay and transgender people should be cast in the gay and transgender roles, the actor gained notoriety after playing the character Dan Humphrey in the hit drama series “Gossip Girl” on The CW said he “really [likes] the idea.”

“We live in a world that does not recognize almost everyone outside of the white man or the beautiful white woman who has an object of desire and affection.”

— Penn Badgley

“In fact, we have in principle, as a privileged white people play everyone, and so we must stop that,” he told PinkNews.

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Badgley said, “in theory” and a “total society,” an actor should be able to sketch a picture of each character, but that is not the world in which we live.”

“We live in a world that does not recognize almost everyone outside of the white man or the beautiful white woman who has an object of desire and affection,” he added.

Badgley, 32, is now the star in the thriller series “You”, which first premiered in Life but the move to Netflix for its second season. You can catch the show on the streaming service, later this month, according to Pink News.

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