A casting director for a new film was looking for deformed individuals to depict "West Virginia mountain people." They've already started by getting Julianne Moore.
Apparently they're going after a look that suggests inbreeding — not unlike the banjo-strumming child in "Deliverance" or the Olsen Twins.
Now, the producers said this is not meant to stereotype country folk, but that's crap. My guess is that many mountain families are less like "The Munsters" and more like "The Waltons" — but I suppose for anyone driving a Prius through Brentwood, you'd have to be an inbred if you're not living near a Starbucks with free Wi-Fi.
The good news is the casting director has been fired. But, stereotyping rednecks as toothless goblins won't stop. It's easy to do because they don't protest or call their congressman, mainly because they are too busy skinning squirrels.
I kid the skinning-squirrel folk.
But I wonder what would happen if you did the same casting call for say, a film about terrorism. Wanted: Arabs. There would be an uproar and rightly so.
If I were a mountain person, I would use my "other-worldly appearance" to pull a real "Beverly Hillbillies." I'd camp out on the producer's lawn with my creepy kids. Then I'd show them why indoor plumbing is so overrated.