What's New > TERMINOLOGY REFORM INITIATIVE FOR FILM AND TV
In observance of International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21, 2021, we are launching a joint initiative to unite industry partners in enacting change on certain key issues that affect us all.
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 “Transitioning Terminology” 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.
The issues of our society at large will not be resolved by any one grand action but rather they will be gradually improved by a series of many small steps; the language that we choose to use on set is something that every one of us has direct control over and can be our contribution to progress. We would like to ask that you please help support this initiative of raising awareness and igniting change through discussion and action.
Thank you to the organizations that are in support of and/or have committed to this Terminology Reform initiative, you may see the complete list in the Terminology Reform Initiative for Film & TV document below.
CITT/ICTS actively supports this initiative and encourages you to share this first bulletin among your networks and workplace. Thank you!
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