This Is What Happens When Writers’ Rooms Aren’t DiverseThis is what happens when writers’ rooms aren’t diverse. (Even the biggest TV shows aren’t immune to these stereotypes. cc New Girl, Modern Family, The Walking Dead.) More: http://slate.me/1ZRQQVc
Posted by Slate.com on Monday, October 19, 2015
Despite some new shows making great strides in representing non-white characters — “Fresh Off the Boat,” “Jane the Virgin,” among others — the creative teams behind many network sitcoms are still overwhelmingly, and often unanimously, white. In a new video from Slate, the unfortunate and damaging stereotypes that non-white characters are forced into are dissected, and the root of the problem — an all white writers’ room — is revealed.
Some of the tropes discussed include black characters dying first, the “black best friend,” the funny-accented foreigner, the asexual Asian male, wise-cracking help, and characters of color generally existing only to support and advance the development of white characters. Characters from popular shows such as Raj from “The Big Bang Theory,” Senor Chang from “Community,” and T-Dog from “The Walking Dead” all make the cut.
Check out the video above, courtesy of Slate, and figure out why an all-white writing staff can lead to unfair and offensive representation.