Are Yousef Abu-Taleb and Allen Smithee the same person?
- Allen Smithee is a pseudonym used in Hollywoord (see wikipedia entry)
Replacing Yousef's name with "Allen Smithee" is not appropriate considering that it is a pseudonym reserved by directors and people who want to distant THEMSELVES from their work. It doesn't appear that Yousef is changing his LGpedia entry himself, or voluntarily removing himself from LG15.
- I did an IP trace on the United Arab Emirate's address. That's an actual UAE IP address, which makes me think the request might be real. The UAE is well-known for looking out for Arab actors. There's a lot of anger in the Arab world that Arab actors only get cast as terrorists. So when an Arab actor gets fired from a non-terrorist role, many people would be genuinely upset.--JayHenry 09:31, 9 November 2006 (PST)
Allen Smithee seems to me to be by the nature of the name a clear-cut case of vandalism. Whether Yousef has been fired or not (which I seriously doubt) it makes no sense to redirect his info here. At most, a link from Yousef's page to here would be warranted. --Brucker 10:29, 9 November 2006 (PST)
- Oh man, I didn't see that the Yousef page redirected to Allen Smithee. Yeah, that totally needs to be fixed. The Yousef firing, however, appears to come from the actor's own MySpace account. I'm reluctant to make edits one way or the other until I know more of what's going on. If Daniel is fired I'll be really upset.--JayHenry 10:31, 9 November 2006 (PST)