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Ethnicity in the media

August 6, 2009

One of the most bewildering and preposterous things is the depiction of different ethnicities in the media, or the lack of it. It seems, in this multi-cultural hodgepodge of different ethnicities, mainstream TV and film cannot or will not show anyone other than someone of a Caucasian persuasion.

This lack of actually mirroring society comes in different forms; you have the completely ignorant ‘whitewashing’ any sitcom set in America, where supposedly the only ethnicities are too busy snatching purses or cleaning white men’s cars. The second is they become ridiculous stereotypes constantly perpetuating a daft idea that should have been scraped long ago. Or that someone of different ethnicities is someone more mysterious and knowledgeable. I always see black people either being depicted as criminals, spooky men who shall do magic on you, overreacting people who scream at everything, the wise old black man aka every role Morgan Freeman has played, and, I think, a recent development, the black man as being a fountain of all knowledge of life and love and who is there for the purpose of helping his white friend.

It’s shit on the highest order. I often see the reason why the television show The Wire didn’t become a success was because the cast was predominantly black. I do agree but it’s also because of the complexity and the way in which never insults our intelligence, never giving us easy answers and always giving us difficult questions to ponder. I’m not going to go on about The Wire, I’ve written about it before.

Anyway, that’s the end of this post.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 7, 2009 1:25 pm

    There are many reasons I prefer reading to television. This is just one of them. If it weren’t for Timberwolves basketball, I would never turn my TV on.

    Lezlie

    • August 11, 2009 11:02 pm

      Goooo Timberwolves! I have absolutely no idea who they are.

      I like television and film but, with most things, you have to look beyond the mainstream to find diversity that isn’t patronising.

  2. August 12, 2009 2:19 am

    The Timberwolves are our Minnesota NBA team. They’re not very good lately, but I love them anyway! 🙂

    Lezlie

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