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Dancers Allege Discrimination in MJ Video Shoot

11/19/2010 10:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The people casting the new MJ music video have made it clear they won't hire anyone belonging to a union-esque group called "Dancers Alliance" -- but TMZ has learned the DA is claiming it's pure "discrimination."

Hold My Hand Dancers

The casting notice for the "Hold My Hand" video calls for 10 professional dancers (ages 15-25) ... but specifically states that they won't hire anyone from the "Dancer's Alliance" ... a group dedicated to protecting dancer's wages and working conditions.

TMZ spoke with a rep from the group who tells us that cutting out D.A. dancers "suggests that the production is discriminating against dancers who are educated and support both their community and their agents."

The rep tells us that as long as a company offers "equitable rates" and the project has been cleared with the agents -- then the D.A. has no issues with allowing their members to dance.

Calls to the music video producers have not been returned.


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JLS    

Another attempt at stupid. Honestly, anything to do with this incredible album is messed with. I am so sick of it.

Silence! (particularly Randy) Nobody move! Hire whatever dancers you like. Just pay what you want and use Michael's standards and nevermind the rest. One last thing. Terminate whomever put together that ad for dancers. It's blatant discrimination and the author on the team was not intelligent enough to realize it. That's unforgivable.

1249 days ago
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King of TMZ    

The budget for the video is $700 how are they gonna pay those dancers. it's just called cutting hours for the person casting the dancers hence paying him less (within the mini Jackson budget)

Well done Sony. Make Believe.

1249 days ago
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MIDNIGHT TOKER    

dancers allience forgets to mention that they are all have artificial limbs and cant really dance...
arrrrrg mateys wheres my peg leg

1249 days ago
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really?    

"The D.A."... interesting double meaning...

1249 days ago
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Praised1    

I'm sorry Mark. I will pray for you. You will feel better if you seek therapy with a licensed psychoanalyst. You cannot work out your issues here.

Transference:
What is Transference? During transference, people turn into a "biological time machine". A nerve is struck when someone says or does something that reminds you of your past. This creates an "emotional time warp" that transfers your emotional past and your psychological needs into the present. In less poetic terms, a transference reaction means that you are reacting to someone in terms of what you need to see, you are afraid of or what you see when you know very little about the person. This all happens without you knowing why you feel and react the way you do.

Peace and Love♥

1249 days ago
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Cali MJ Fan    

According to MJ.com the casting call for extras is no pay... as seen here Perhaps they resolve the issue in the same manner-- make the dancer portion no pay.

http://www.michaeljackson.com/us/news/casting-call-%E2%80%9Chold-my-hand%E2%80%9D-music-video

1249 days ago
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Allison    

There is a actor's union. So whats wrong with the dancer's being in a union. Why should they get screwed over ?? !!

1249 days ago
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Iowa's Hollywood Connection    

Hey TMZ....we are tired of hearing about MJ and anything to do with him. He's dead. We dont give a hoot about Ma and Pa Jackson either. Thanks.

1249 days ago
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MIDNIGHT TOKER    

Transference:
What is Transference? During transference, people turn into a "biological time machine". A nerve is struck when someone says or does something that reminds you of your past. This creates an "emotional time warp" that transfers your emotional past and your psychological needs into the present. In less poetic terms, a transference reaction means that you are reacting to someone in terms of what you need to see, you are afraid of or what you see when you know very little about the person. This all happens without you knowing why you feel and react the way you do.

Peace and Love♥


Posted at 6:10 AM on Nov 19, 2010 by Praised1
thats very interesting..where can I find out more about this???

1249 days ago
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Siggisis    

There is a actor's union. So whats wrong with the dancer's being in a union. Why should they get screwed over ?? !!

Posted at 6:38 AM on Nov 19, 2010 by Allison

Indeed. I work in the artistic field. And I do OK. But it could be better. I don´t have the safety as other people with "normal" jobs. I live on the edge all the time.
We are here to spread joy and entertainment - but we are treated worse than the rest of the population. That type og work isn´t always valued as it should be. People would die with boredom without arts, music, dancing, books, movies, theater etc.
But in most cases the artists have worse living conditions than the average population. And most artists work their butts off!
Those dancers should have decent conditions - pay them PROPERLY!!!

1249 days ago
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BarbieJean    

If they don't wanna work for less pay, then they don't have to go after the job. Simple as. STFU dancers, you should feel honored if you even get your ugly faces in an MJ video.

1249 days ago
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Diamond Girl     

Here's an idea... to the MJ haters DON'T READ IT!!!! I don't want to hear about Mel Gibson, Oksana, Spencer, and Hedi. But this is entertainment news site. Something for everybody, regardless if you want to hear it or not.

1249 days ago
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Mike Rowave    

WOW...descrimination against educated people who pay their bills.
Finally a victims group I can relate to!!!
Get Gloria Allred on the phone!!!!
I'm gonna start crying like a little bitch every time my civil rights civil rights are violated by all you ignorant, untalented deadbeats.

1249 days ago
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Eleonora49    

Well, Michael Jackson had no idea. That is what a Manager and assitant managers are for when you have that level of importance. You put the smaller parts of bussiness into someone else's hands. We all have stories of work place discrimination or harrasment to tell. Especialy now we dont have any more jobs. So be glad you got one. Stop nagging! It could be worse. You don't have to work in a steel mill or coal mine! Plus all your sorry asses were on TV!

1249 days ago
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Siggisis    

Plus all your sorry asses were on TV!

Posted at 7:56 AM on Nov 19, 2010 by Eleonora49

You can´t eat that or pay your rent.
I can just see the attitude towards artists. No surprise, it is like that all over the world.
I have this dream that ALL artists worldwide would put down whatever they are doing for a year or so. NO movies, NO music, NO dancing, NOTHING, NO entertainment.
I would like to see the state of the world after that year!

1249 days ago
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