Wednesday, December 09, 2009

"In case you couldn't tell . . . I'm a character."

I agree with the mission of Characters Unite. I too believe that "life is richer and we are stronger as a country when we see beyond stereotypes and appreciate each other for the characters that we are."

However, it is hard to take the mission seriously when most of USA's original series are centered on the lives of white males. The two exceptions are In Plain Sight, starring Mary McCormack, and Psych, co-starring Dulé Hill. There are only four non-white regular characters in these series: one Indian/British/American woman, and three black men, including Kofi Kingston on WWE Raw. And to my knowledge, almost all of the characters on all of these are American and straight.

I do subscribe to "promoting greater acceptance, understanding and mutual respect of ALL people." But it's hard to take the movement seriously from a network that calls itself "USA", yet does not begin to represent the people of this country. Especially considering that the network has no regular characters who are recognizably Hispanic, even on the series Burn Notice, which takes place in Miami. Miami!



Stephanie said...

Well Shawn is white but they point out in the ad that James is half Hispanic. Plus the Pains boys are Jewish so that should give them like a half more of a point or something. Fiona is Irish. And then Boris is fake German. It's like you aren't even trying to see the diversity. ;)

but actually I believe In Plain Sight does have Hispanic chacters. when I watched her bf and his sisters had significant roles in the eps but I don't watch anymore.

Asian Americanist said...

White Collar has Natalie Morales. And that one black FBI agent.