Wednesday, December 09, 2009
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!