Manchin Criticizes Film Makers for Casting Call

Governor Manchin is taking offense to an upcoming film that uses negative stereotypes of West Virginians.

The horror thriller "Shelter" is recruiting extras with unusual physical features for a scene in a West Virginia "holler." Those scenes are scheduled to be shot starting Sunday in the Pittsburgh area.

The casting call says the film is looking for extras who are extraordinarily tall or short, those with unusual body shapes and unusual facial features, and even people with physical abnormalities.

Manchin disagrees with the casting agency's claim that the announcement isn't meant to stereotype people from the Mountain State. The governor says the movie's makers have no real understanding of who the people of West Virginia are.

United Mine Workers union President Cecil Roberts is also offended by the casting call, saying it's blatantly insulting and demeaning.

Casting agency director Donna Belajac told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Monday that the announcement wasn't meant to stereotype people from West Virginia.


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