Every Friday the LA Progressive features a comment that was particularly noteworthy. This week we are featuring a comment submitted by Roman commenting on Charley James’ “Why TV Is the Pits.” Here’s Roman’s comment:
Another thing that I believe contributes to the decline of network television and I’m not speaking of cable here is the homogeny of the casting, storylines and content. As an African-American actress, I have to say that I am quite sick of seeing the white American experience hashed out over and over again in vary little variation on about three themes: hospital dramas, cop dramas and ensemble-cast “Friends/Seinfeld-esque” comedies.
The more diverse the racial make-up of this country becomes the more the media gods try to ram down our throats that the only experiences that count in this country is those of European Americans. Where are the shows about American-born and raised Asians, Latinos, Arabs, etc? I know plenty of them because I grew up with them! Why are minorities window dressing in shows set in big cities? At least in the 70s and 80s Blacks headlined their own shows; now all we serve as is secondary or tertiary characters to the main White hero/heroine! I love all people, but I swear I get tired of watching generic, white characters. “The Sopranos” (and now “The Real Housewives of New Jersey”) was the best thing to happen to the bleaching of network tv. At least they had/have some flava!