the casting couch

the casting couch

A phenomenon in which prospective employees (typically females) are propositioned for sexual favors in exchange for promised employment or career advancement. The practice is most associated with the entertainment industry, and the term refers to the actual piece of furniture in a casting director's office where such encounters may occur. According to many accounts, the casting couch is alive and well in Hollywood.
See also: casting, couch
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the ˈcasting couch

(informal, humorous) used to refer to a situation in which somebody, especially a woman, agrees to have sex with somebody else in order to get work in a film/movie, TV programme, etc: the Hollywood casting couch for starlets
See also: casting, couch
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casting couch

n. a legendary couch found in the offices of casting directors for use in seducing young people by offering them roles. They say the director got his job on the casting couch, too.
See also: casting, couch
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They include the Casting Couch - a term that has been used to describe the sexual exploitation of young actors and actresses in the film industry.
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"The casting couch for many producers basically means they can do what they want with a girl and no questions are ever asked," she said.
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Rage is addictive and it tastes good Ruby Wax, who has suffered from depression If you don't know whether to take your pants off, don't suddenly scream later, "I really didn't want to do it" Joanna Lumley's advice to women on the casting couch I always wanted to be an explorer, but it seemed I was doomed to be nothing more than a very silly person TV's Michael Palin
The Curse of the Casting Couch in show biz has silently held sway for so long that some people doubt if it can ever be de-fanged.
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"The people who suffer from the casting couch are the really pretty ones.
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