Radio-Canada and non-white people

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When you watch a program on Radio-Canada, does it matter whether the makeup artist who applied Magalie Lépine-Blondeau’s lipstick is Indigenous or Asian?

It seems so, since Radio-Canada has just announced the creation of a new renowned stage program for “racialized and indigenous professionals”.

Be careful, these scenes are reserved for people who are “other than white”. It’s clear ?


When I received the communication from Radio-Canada, I asked myself several questions.

The paid internship program is for positions as “researcher, assistant in management, production, production coordination, makeup, costume, and artistic direction”.

That we see having more diversity on screen is one thing. But how does the skin color of the customs officer or the assistant to the management have the slightest impact? Could there be vast discrimination against Abenaki managers, Sri Lankan make-up artists or Senegalese researchers and that this has been hidden from us? And why is this stadium open to make-up, but not to hair? That’s not discrimination, is it?

How does Radio-Canada define the expression “Racialized people”? “People other than white. The name replaces that of ”visible minorities”, considered obsolete. The term recognizes that while race is a social construct, the process of categorizing people on the basis of race gives meaning and value to identities that has practical implications for equality and discrimination, both legal and social and economic.

Do you understand something about this long diatribe? If race is a social construct, why use it as a hiring criterion?

Radio-Canada is committed to employing more “under-represented people”, that is to say whose access to the public broadcaster “has been restricted in many respects due to more or less established obstacles. The fewest members of these groups are currently employed by CBC/Radio-Canada in numbers lower than their proportion in the Canadian population or in the Canadian labor market. »

If the obstacles are “more or less established”, does that mean that it is a “more or less” system of discrimination? If the obstacles have not been clearly established, what injustice are we trying to repair, exactly? Do groups define themselves with me underrepresented on the basis of their “resentment”?

If minority X represents 0.03% of the population, precisely 0.03% of make-up artists at Radio-Canada who must come from this minority? Do you realize how absurd that is?


The Société Radio-Canada is committed to ensuring that, by 2025, in all creations, “at least one of the key creative positions will be occupied by a racialized person, Indigenous person, member of the LGBTQ2+ communities or by a person in disability”.

And that is why, ladies and gentlemen, we must ensure that Magalie Lépine-Blondeau’s lipstick has been applied by a non-binary, non-immigrant and non-white individual with one or more disabilities.

Good show!

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