“It seems like we take one step forward to be pushed two steps back.”
In the new year, minority actors and actresses have been making headways on the big screen and on the small screen, progressively changing the face of our traditional forms of entertainment.
With the success of Common and John Legend on their work with Selma, and popular “ethnic” TV shows such as: Black-ish, Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder and Empire, entertainers of color have been making their mark, and breaking down the barriers that were once imposed upon them.
Ratings have been soaring through the roof for all of these shows, and they have “set the bar” for sitcoms and movies following, to better implement diversity.
You would think that this would be a positive change from the predominately all white cast that has been considered normal for years, but there has been some critiques on this “ethnic” diversion that has ruffled a few feathers.
In an article that was posted on Tuesday by Deadline, titled “TV Pilots 2015: The Year of Ethnic Castings-About Time or Too Much of a Good Thing,” Deadline praised the recent increase in minority cast members and sitcoms, but in the same breath, they also said that it is beginning to close the doors on Caucasian actors with this statement:
“Instead of opening the field for actors of any race to compete for any role in a color-blind manner, there has been a significant number of parts designated as ethnic this year, making them off-limits for Caucasian actors.” -Deadline
Realistically there has never been and open field for all races to compete for roles because movies and television shows have primarily always sought after Caucasian actors, which inevitably shut the doors on minority actors. And, this has been the trend for decades.
This article inspired a lot of outrage over social media, and it also caught the attention of Grey’s Anatomy, HTGAWM and Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes, who called the article “ignorant.”
I personally feel that this surge of diversity in prime time television is long overdue. I believe that it is insensitive for Deadline to make it seem like there is a lack of equality due to “ethnic castings,” when minorities have always been turned away from quality roles and opportunities.
But hey! As my professor always says, “That’s just my two cents, and you can buy yourself a cup of coffee with it.”
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