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General Hospital Casting Middle Eastern Female For Recurring Character: Who Would You Suggest For The Part?

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General Hospital has put out a casting call for an actress to fill a new recurring role.

According to Soap Opera Digest, the ABC daytime drama series is looking for  a female “27-34, Middle Eastern, beautiful, courageous & tenacious.”

The part would begin taping in early March.

As to what storyline the new character will be involved in … mum’s the word at this time.  So it’s time for you to put your casting director hats on!

Who do you think might be a good fit from daytime, primetime, stage, or feature films, that might be a good fit for the part? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Joe E Nelson
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Joe E Nelson

Cue the comments about already having too many characters. I think the girl who played Greenlee for awhile Sabin Singh(?) would be a good addition.

Michael
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Michael

No kidding.

Tammy
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Tammy

Sabine Singh ex GreenLee AMC after Rebecca left.

Celia
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Celia

Yes, Tammy…until Rebecca returned. Singh was no match for Budig, in my opinion. Sabine never worked for me.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

The actress who played Rama Patel on OLTL…

Celia
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Celia

Hi, Jimmy,
Shenaz ( Rama) , albeit a bit older, would be great. But, she is Indian, not Middle Eastern. Big difference in appearance. The only actress I can think of is Alia Shawkat (sp).
Well, how about Khloe Kardashian? Double LOL.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

But she could had been born in the middle east why not?….and NO KARDASHIANS!!!!-LOL

Celia
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Celia

Sure, why not, Jimmy. It is a soap, afterall. LOL.
I’m so glad you haven’t lost your special kind of sense of humor, Jimmy. Good for you…stay strong and keep smiling!!

Shay
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Shay

Thinking of you this Valentine’s Day, jimh….Take care!

su0000
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su0000

waving!
me me me!!

Celia
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Celia

I would love that, su. Go audition!!

Celia
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Celia

Ps. But, I thought you were Indian?

Angela Marrs
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Angela Marrs

Reshma Shetty

Bonnie Jean Milroy
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Bonnie Jean Milroy

The was an actress who took over the roll of Greenlee for a short time when Rebecca took some time off and was replaced by Sabina Singh from 2007-2008.
She would make a perfect cast as a Middle Eastern beautiful And courageous !
She was that when she played Greelee so in my opinion she would be the perfect one.

Veronica Bottini
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Veronica Bottini

Me me me me. 🙂

heidi
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heidi

She’s a a bit older but she’s great Nasim Pedrad.

scott
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scott

Archie Panjabi – ex Kalinda from the Good Wife…..She is beautiful and very talented and would make an excellent addition to GH…although she is a tad older than 34….like 10 years older…..but that is who I would choose…

Celia
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Celia

Archie is one of my most favorite actresses, Scott. But, again, she is Indian, not Middle Eastern.

Shay
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Shay

And too talented and busy for GH, CeeCeeGirl! I just hope Archie is back in Shetland when the fourth series commences….By the way, Happy Valentine’s Day, mia amica…I guess you survived your Boston victory weekend and all the wicked winter weather the East Coast has had to offer as of late!

Boo Suzy
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Boo Suzy

She stars on “Blindspot” on NBC….no way would she does a soap.

Tre Masaud
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Tre Masaud

My daughter I think would be great! She’s a model and has had some acting lessons! How can I send in her photo?

Timmm
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Timmm

Send it to:
Never going to happen
666 shot in the dark lane
Hollywood Ca 00000!

No, unless you are friends with Frank and a former AMC or OLTL cast member, FORGET ABOUT IT!

Celia
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Celia

Awwww, Timmmy, you just squashed someone’s dream. LOL.
I think Tre should try. There must be something online.

Shay
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Shay

Always my “Funny Valentine,” Timmm…Hope it is a fine day for you!!!!!

Celia
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Celia

Oh, yeah!!!! Happy Valentine’s Day, guys!!

Celia
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Celia

Hi, Tre,
I just looked it up for you on my ipad.
I simply typed , and it’s right there for you.
Good luck. TRY!!!!! You have nothing to lose.

Celia
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Celia

Oops…I typed, “who do I contact in sending a letter to a Genetal Hospital executive?” The wording sounds weird, but it works.

Celia
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Celia

@Shay.
Thanks, Shay,
Boston was fulfilling…mostly for my husband. He is from Boston and sharing the Patriots’ win with his family and old friends is always an ‘experience’.
Snow days are a nightmare. All the kids end up here, without fail !!!!! I am that much of a pushover when it comes to my own kids, nieces and nephews.

Timmm
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Timmm

Celia made me feel bad! I wish you well. I was joking because of Frankie Boys favorites always getting the part and your daughter would have a one in a zillion chance BUT its a chance! Good luck.

Celia
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Celia

I know you were joshin’, Timmmy….I was just answering in the same spirit. I’m in a fantastic mood, today.
I was listening to Michael Fairman’s tribute to George Michael, again, for the umpteenth time. The music does wonders for me!!! Who knew he had that voice? Did you?

Shay
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Shay

Thank you, Timmmbo!!! What’s new pussycat???? Whoa oh whoa oh whoa…

Jeff Bailey
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Jeff Bailey

That chick that played Vimal’s wife on OLTL Rama

aria
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aria

how bout nazanin boniadi , just bring her back to GH, she’s really beautiful, and or nadia bjorlin if she’s not on contract at dool.

Celia
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Celia

Now we’re talking, Aria. Both Iranian….both beautiful….both talented actresses.

Mister K
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Mister K

The most beautiful girl from One life to live, Teresa Patel. Wow, she was all that and then some! I Hope that the powers that be can bring her back.

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

She be a few years outside the age range, and currently employed. But, isn’t Nadia Bjorlin part Persian?

Celia
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Celia

Yes, she is half Iranian, KansaGuest. The Shah (Reza) changed the name of Persia to Iran.

Celia
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Celia

I just wonder why a Middle Eastern character? Please, Lord…let’s not get political….no more spy stories… Is this character involved with the Valentin/Anna intractable mystery? Or, Olivia Jerome’s virulent drama? ……which brings me to ask; is it only moi, or does it seem that Olivia ‘engaged’ Buzz to appear specifically to ‘ recognize’ Ava’s voice in order to steer away from her? So, okay…Buzz has now become a major participant? Or just a patsy? The entire precinct scene was so transparent and awkwardly executed….these cops, especially Jordan, act like infantile tyros……chickens with their heads cut off. However, Maura West did… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Just another instance of politically-correct casting, CeeCeeGirl….that ‘s one of the reasons that GH fails to grab me anymore. Instead of creating characters that appeal according to intriguing storyline purposes and clever connections to the canvas in a logical, meaningful and historical perspective, it always seems to be about targeting and satisfying one particular demographic or another….as if “representing” is the most important aspect to the show, instead of just making a great soap with absorbing plots and players regardless of their personal characteristics….Port Charles already has too many unnecessary bodies cluttering its canvas simply for the not-so-subtle purpose of… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Agreed, ma belle. Considering the turbulent wind circulating our world, one would think the last thing to do is to engage specific ethnicity. I am not saying this will pan out as I suspect; but, the idea does cross the mind….if so, I find it insensitive. I do say it, Shay, even at the risk of getting bombarded…’tis my opinion, mesdames et messieurs. I am last to opine on GH, as it once was….but, so many long-time watchers on here, as I read their sentiments, would love to see GH vets engaged in some storylines again. I suppose there are… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Sorry…that should read work in progress.

Max Daddee
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Max Daddee

Well said, Shay. What’s up with GH doing casting calls for people of certain ethnic backgrounds and short runs? GH needs to stop focusing on the passer throughs and the actors whose roles serve no purpose. Amy the nurse is annoying, that role is a waste of $. Nelle, I think we’re all tired of and she doesn’t generate enough energy to likely stay awake thru the end of her storyline. All the legacy regulars just seem to pop in and pop out periodically. Exception is Finn (can he just get off the drugs already so we can move on??)… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

P,S. To further illustrate my point, please allow me to add that too many times on GH, the mere fact that a character with a particular “pc” quality is brought onto the canvas is considered enough to justify their existence, even if there is precious little evident rhyme or reason for them to otherwise be there, when a bit of truly creative forethought and effort could prove immensely valuable to their roles. I will use the examples of Lucas, Brad–and even, Felix—to elaborate. As a member of the Spencer/Jerome clans, Lucas should have been a major player in a multitude… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Oh Shay, you always have your claws in perfect position to make PURRfectly, spot on observations! Happy Valentines Day my dear!

Timmm
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Timmm

What new pussy cat? Rumor has it Sir Tom Jones is dating Priscilla Presley!

Celia
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Celia

@Timmm.
Key word here, Timmmbo is: Tom….the feline kind.

Rose
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Rose

I’m not worried about the reference to casting a Mid-Eastern character. That takes in a lot of different countries of origin. If anything it’s like Ravi (?) on Y&R. I feel like they are catching up with our continual melting pot kind of world. And it’s happening in many places. If you watch local and national news for instance, or even Big Bang Theory, journalists, hosts, actors come from everywhere and have for some time. If I have any problem, it’s that I just hope it’s not a character who doesn’t make sense to the story and is just temporary.… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

I hear you about the “blink and you’ll miss them” comings and goings, CeeCeeGirl! These “Port Charles’ Drive-By Players” are too large in number…first you get the casting news carrot dangled in front of you, then a huge fanfare with those first sightings on the GH canvas, along with the inevitable questions and tantalizing red herring clues—upon which we so breathlessly speculate and discuss here—that never seem to amount to any definitive conclusions….It’s the same old big tease and ultimate letdown, and it’s definitely not a formula for success. As for the chiding we received for our “pc” comments, I’d… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Unfortunately, Shay, I did not watch the British Awards. Sorry I missed it.

Shay
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Shay

Oh, I didn’t watch them either, CeeCee….As we’ve previously discussed, I avoid these award shows like the plague….and this one was every bit as bad as those on our own shores…..it’s just that in addition to the Trump-trashing, there was also a healthy dose of Teresa May/Brexit-bashing!…No, I read about the George Michael tribute in an online British daily and it carried numerous photos of and a link to the event. Andrew, Pepsi and Shirlie were most dignified in their presentation, although a musical salute with Goopy’s ex singing along with footage of George himself performing missed the mark….I think… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Does Priyanka Chopra have a sister?

Celia
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Celia

Priyanka is sooo beautiful, Timmmy. She doesn’t have a sister, but I see that she has a model cousin, Mannara.
….. again, they are Indian, not Middle Eastern. The Middle East, I think, stops at Iran….

Timmm
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Timmm

Michael Fairman should contact Andrew Ridgeley and its WHAM all over again! Good voice, for sure! Did you see Bruno Mars tribute to Prince? What a talent!

Celia
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Celia

I did watch Bruno Mars. Love him. Love Prince. I was very selective this year, watching the Grammys, Timmmy.
No matter where I turn, it’s all about protests and bashing. I feel imprisoned in my own body having to be confronted with so much hate. Rebels without a true cause.
So, I only watch that which deserves my attention.
Michael Fairman just blew me away. Love his voice. I would certainly buy his music.

Timmm
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Timmm

I taped the Grammys. I to am tired of all the hate. I wouldnt pay a nickel to see Beyonce, Katy Perry, Bruce Springsteen, Barbra Streisand, HELLDonna or the movies of Streep, Baldwin or Tarantino. ALL haters. ONE Hollywood actor had the class and reason ability to say hey, its a done deal, give the president a chance and thats the handsome, talented and classy Matthew McConaughey!

Shay
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Shay

Amen to both CeeCee and Timmm! I’ve become so “selective” in my viewing that I can barely stand to watch any American-based programs and many so-called performers anymore….nearly every entertainment offering is heavily-laced with negative propaganda. Other than a bit of early morning/late night news from certain providers, that’s pretty much it for me. All else comes from carefully chosen sites on the internet and/or foreign sources, which sadly enough, are often less-biased than their US counterparts. And as if it weren’t already difficult to find neutral ground upon which to enjoy one’s self, now “shopping until one drops,” is… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

@Shay.
I know, I know, Shay. Pathetic, eh?
I watch my soaps, HG-HD ( I think I missed my calling, LOL), and Spongebob Squarepants. HaHa. I think I must know every episode by heart. My son watches episodes of that cartoon over and over.
Try ME TV, COZI, LAFF, ANTTV….Love the Carol Burnett repeats, Johnny Carson, “Night Court”…love all the ‘old’ programming.
Late last night we watched an episode of “Twilight Zone” , ‘Living Doll’. I guess that’s how the “Chucky” concept was born. LOL.
Well, ma belle….there are, also, books I could read….and I do…on many sleepless nights.

Shay
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Shay

@CeeCeeGirl….Yes, I have my moments with retro-tv, as well…not just ME, but AntennaTV and even Decades, upon occasion. All great choices when one wants to see the “way things used to be….” (I’ve caught “Living Doll,” and I happened upon another creepy doll-based tale just last evening…did you see it???? Lately, I’ve been watching some “Mannix” episodes, too….starring that recently-departed good guy actor, Mike Connors…He was such a fine, well-dressed, handsome gentleman detective of the 60’s/’70’s with brawn, brains and a great moral code!) I’m also a huge fan of historical documentaries, mysteries and period pieces, primarily from the UK,… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Hey CeeCeeGirl! I did receive your response in my inbox, and I thought I would add that if you enjoy the ’60’s-themed programming, check out “Endeavour,” the prequel to Inspector Morse….Season 3 and 4 were particularly centered upon the more psychedelic aspects of the decade in terms of fashions and storylines. If you are interested in the earlier years replete with white gloves and pillboxes, then by all means look in on “Call the Midwife.” I just viewed the sixth season, which is set in 1962–the earlier episodes encompassed the late ’50’s and early ’60’s–and there is one ongoing character… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Thanks, Shay.
I see so many missing replies….that’s ok. I just don’t want you to think I ignore you.
I will check those shows out, albeit pillboxes are not my thing, LOL. I am not a hat girl, per se. I love big, floppy hats and berets.

Shay
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Shay

Hey, CeeCee (and Timmm, too…) Did you see the touching salute to George Michael on the recent BRIT Music Awards???? It featured an extremely now-staid Andrew Ridgely who looked more like a distinguished Oxbridge don than a former popstar…he has well and truly left that crazy life behind! Joining him were the WHAM back-up girls, Shirlie and Pepsi….Pepsi still has got the major mojo going, but Shirlie reminds me of a dowdy little EastEnd housewife….then again, she always struck me as kind of plain and mousy, yet she still managed to snag that oh-so-dishy Martin Kemp of Spandau Ballet fame…and… Read more »

Rose
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Rose

Timmm, Shay, Celia…we’ve had our interesting discussions on soaps over the years. But I want to say I, and I assume many others, are as frustrated as you. While all info coming at us, from all sources, has to be questioned, what you call propaganda is truth to maybe 50+% of the population. Or at the very least what some have called “fake media” has served us well over the years. Until, IMO, social media’s unvetted sources, and technic verified/un-verified ” leaks.” As for shopping retail…in my experience over the years, $’s ultimately rule. If it’s selling it stays. However,… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Rose, I do speak my mind and have opinions. However, I dont mean ill will just because I believe in something or someone. For instance, I am not a fan of the Patriots. [Sorry Jude] BUT I tip my hat to Tom, Bill and that organization. They win! Not always fairly BUT they are the greatest team of at least the 21 century. Its a fact. I dont like it but its true. ANYONE would love to have Tom Brady on his or her favorite team because he wins. Our nations quarterback [The current president] is not to popular. He… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Hello, Timmmbo!!!! Did you perchance send me a response about the late, great Mannix ( Mike Connors) and his “Fair” secretary, Miss Peggy—aka, Gail Fisher? I received a message in my inbox and it sounded like something you would say, so I figured I’d take a stab that it was indeed from you! By the way, did you know that the lovely, but also sadly departed, Miss Fisher did a guest spot many years back as a judge on GH? That how I mainly remember her….holding court…in a Port Charles court!!!!!

Timmm
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Timmm

Sweet Shay, you know me! Yes, that was me. O loved Joe Mannix, his car and his wise and wonderful secretary. I want to buy the episodes but I just dont have the time to watch them! I wish Mike would have done more in his later years. I do not remember Gail on GH. What year? Who was she, like all the other judges in PC, NOT going to send to jail! Well, except Blackie Parrish, wow did he do his time!

Shay
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Shay

BINGO, TIMMMBO!!!! So glad I called it correctly….I was not all that familiar with the Mannix show….rather before my time, yet I do recall watching some late night reruns some years back, although they were from the end of the program’s run. I never saw the early days until MeTV recently began broadcasting the show at 2am on weeknights. (I had not even realized that the first season featured Joe working for an investigative firm headed up by Joseph Campanella…that was, um, interesting….) My only vague recollections were that Mannix was a suave, well-dressed gentleman detective who was smart, polite,… Read more »

Tim Tim
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Tim Tim

PRIYANKA CHOPRA!!!

Celia
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Celia

Ouch!!! Deafening. LOL.

k/kay
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k/kay

Great voice Michael !!! Kudos!!!

Boo Suzy
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Boo Suzy

How about bringing back Dr. Saira Batra or Nurse Leyla Mir? While they’re at it, they should bring back Dr. Leo Julian.

Those of you who are complaining about them bringing in too many “pc” characters – it’s the 21st century, so get over it. No one wants to see an all-white TV show any more except for racists. It’s not realistic.

Celia
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Celia

Why do you spin words, with all due respect? No one said anything about having an all-white cast.
I could care less what character is brought in. White, black, yellow, red or purple. I, for one, just wondered why they are being so specific? Did you read the intro? We certainly did not bring it up Middle Eastern. What does it have to do with racism?
But, of course, there is always the odd poster whose name is so unfamiliar, to stir the proverbial pot.
It ain’t working on me, mon amie!!

dmr
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dmr

No one, the cast is bloated as it is and needs to be deflated.

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