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Who Is Missing Here?

Aside from their shirts.

There's been a pattern in popular media lately, and unfortunately it's not new. While there are lots of nonwhite characters on TV and in films right now, the number is still far lower than current demographics. And even if that weren't the case, screen time for characters of color is often limited. That means that there's limited time for development, which means missed opportunities for positive representation. Shows like Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder are outliers, not the norm.
Whether by design or by accident (or both), major franchises are neglecting an important part of the work they need to do. Of course, the job of a writer is to tell a great story. But the function of storytellers, long before we had television or even books, was to pass down our cultural identity. How can we say that's what we're doing today when our major stories neglect the identities of so many people?

Because Marvel doesn't have enough...

@jeffpeterrutan @littlemaryk @BleuRay @Drawing18 @BeannachtOraibh @VinMcCarthy @ButterflyBlu @melifluosmelodi @dustinparson @AimeeH @RobertMarsh @InPlainSight @Karthikkrazzy1 @DanRodriguez @Matokokepa @YoSoySoysauce @DonovanMoore @SierraWilson16 @MaraOwens @MattyIce @JenniferGoodman @KyleSearl @ChosenKnight how do you all feel? Is there more that writers and directors need to be doing to provide better support for the characters of color they have? Should show runners and casting directors be more open-minded when it comes to who they cast? Of course they should be prioritizing finding the best people, but could their personal biases be getting in the way? And what can we all as fans do?
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@shannonl5 wow that's very interesting.I didn't know that about Captain America. Its sad but it seems like all holly wood is interested in doing is to twist the true meaning if these franchises around just to make money. and seriously The star trek reboot had a lot of problems tbh.I'm not a fan of the original series unfortunately but it did upset me.
2 years ago·Reply
@ChosenKnight I've got a lot of love for Trek and the Trek fandom. A lot of it is really campy, but I've sort of embraced it. I grew up watching Picard haha. And I actually *just* learned that about Cap. He's the kind of character that doesn't look like he'd have that depth behind him, but the writers were actually using the overt patriotism of the character to associate freedom and equality for all with American nationalism. It was quite brilliant. You're so right. And it's always been about making money. Comic books were hugely popular and ultimately that's what mattered. But there's also a cultural responsibility that it seems like a lot of entertainment companies are ignoring right now. We use media to recognize ourselves, so representation is hugely important. Especially when it comes to serious issues. We're more likely to be sympathetic to others if we've learned that sympathy from characters we relate to.
2 years ago·Reply
the problem lies less in chastising the ones directing. They are casting for the role created. Why are we not creating roles for people. Ergenio Derbez created movies and television with hispanics in mind. I supported by taking family and friends to the theater. Shows suceed or die because people pay for it. Reverse discrimination is just as lousy as discrimination.
2 years ago·Reply
@jeffpeterrutan I definitely see what you're saying- we should be creating roles for the performers that we have. Viola Davis kind of mentioned this in the speech she gave for her Emmy acceptance. You can't win awards for roles that aren't there. Which means that the writers need to be doing the work to make them, and the showrunners (and producers) need to be hiring writers to do so. And then yes, of course, we as fans have to support them when they do and be very vocal about why we are doing so.
2 years ago·Reply
@jeffpeterrutan no one is "reverse discriminating". we're just pointing out the fact that there AREN'T a lot of roles with PoC,women,etc in mind.So how can we support these films/shows if that's the case?
2 years ago·Reply