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Friday, March 27, 2015

Black Dominance on Network TV

There was an excellent article the other day on Deadline.com about the over-saturation of blacks and other minorities of color on network TV where the pendulum has shifted recently where a group only of 13% population is in practically every TV program and in every ad...

Besides actually reading the article, one can tell it was great as well as truthful because so many blacks and liberal white-guilters took angry exception to it.

Call it one of the major drawbacks of having a black President i.e. his direct/indirect influence on popular culture or an example of what happens when corporate interests push illusionary and often utopic representations of black people that do not exist in Reality for mere profit motive.

Nonetheless it is a very bad trend..
From the article:

"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, some agents signal. 

Many pilot characters this year were listed as open to all ethnicities, but when reps would call to inquire about an actor submission, they frequently have been told that only non-Caucasian actors would be considered. “Basically 50% of the roles in a pilot have to be ethnic, and the mandate goes all the way down to guest parts,” one talent representative said.

In one instance, after a number of actors of different ethnicities tested for two roles in a pilot this year, two Caucasian actors ended up being the top choices for the two remaining regular parts. 

However, because of a mandate from the studio and network, one of the roles had to diverse, so the pilot could only cast one of the top choices and pass on the other to fulfill the ethnic quota."

Could have sworn that was called discrimination?
But its actually Affirmative Action which is a one-way street polite way of cloaking the 'D' word..

If an acting role or employment opportunity or a quote to fill University enrollment is devised to only help blacks, its 'great' and 'wonderful' and 'needed, thus we use the Affirmative Action title

If it was to benefit Caucasians, its "racist" and Discriminatory..

And few to none have the desire or will to fight the double standard.

Some shows that are aired were originally conceived as white but because the television industry is all about 'follow the leader', many good shows were altered needlessly to cater to blacks with examples including the leads in Extant and How To Get Away With Murder,
~ 'Extant' starring Halle Berry

Then you have other black dominated shows like Black-ish and Empire.. There's also an Asian dominated comedy called Fresh off the Boat

"But there were more broadcast drama pilots than ever whose leads had been designated as black this year. That includes Fox medical drama Rosewood, toplined by Morris Chestnut, and CBS civil rights crime drama For Justice, starring Anika Noni Rose. 

Uncle Buck was rebooted by ABC specifically as a black family sitcom, with Mike Epps in the title role originated by John Candy. 
~ John Candy's starring role in Uncle Buck will be played by this guy..

NBC opted to make the lead couple in its drama about diverse couples Love Is A Four Letter Word black in picking up the pilot. (It had been originally conceived as Caucasian.)...

There also have been a number of drama co-leads on which the networks chose to go ethnic this year, including Supergirl’s male lead, one of the four female leads in ABC drama Broad Squad and the female lead in Minority Report"

It used to be blacks fought against being pigeon-holed into roles as pimps and whores and maids, and then around the 1990s the networks decided every single small role depicting a learned professional - Doctor, judge, Professor, etc.. HAD to be played by a black actor even those less than 1% of blacks then and now hold Doctoral degrees.

And now original TV and film premises are altered to cater to them and they even have the audacity to want to play traditionally white culture icons like comic book super heroes and famous literary figures.
~ No wonder Downton Abbey is such a popular show.. Nice cast.  Only PBS could make this program today

Sorry to be so blunt but no black actor has any business playing Little Orphan Annie, Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, Batman, or appear in any Shakespeare play not called 'Othello'..

But ultimately the fault as always is with whites since they run the studios, possess most of the power and no black person is going to turn down the opportunity to make a living and earn a salary playing a role he/she has no business portraying..

Right now blacks represent 13% of the population and yet are depicted with at least one 'token' character' in at least 65% of TV shows and are represented in 95% of all TV ads even if for mere fractions of a second in the background...
~ An Acura commercial starring Jerry Seinfeld..  The black actor did not get the role as salesman by chance..  This is 100% Fact: the part was specifically offered only to blacks to audition for

That's a lot of power and influence in the entertainment industry for a group that frankly does not deserve it..

But this is how TV works..

One year there's zero reality programming on the networks, then Survivor becomes a big hit and within six months, there were carbon copy reality-based shows on all major networks..
Once upon a time, network TV didn't show evening soaps then 'Dallas' got very big and from there 'Falcon Crest', 'Dynasty' and another half dozen night soaps about the obscenely rich..

Its not politically correct to say but most blacks cast in TV shows are absolutely not needed in order to make a difference in terms of the program's quality and desire to watch.

Think upon the best and most popular shows on network television in the last 20+ years...

How many blacks were in Friends or Seinfeld or Will & Grace or Frasier or Cheers or Everyone Loves Raymond or Roseanne, etc?  None!!  And those shows dominated the Neilsens for Years and in the case of some of those shows, they will stand the test the time of popularity for decades to come..
We're absolutely positive this horrible trend currently in television will end within a couple years..

Only so many black eyeballs to watch all the total Drek programming catered to them and when Obama finally leaves office in 20 months, hopefully this glut Fad of blacks dominating TV programming will disappear with him.

But until then, our TV set will stay off during the prime time hours, and really that's not such a bad thing..