El Coyote Gordo (supergee) wrote,
El Coyote Gordo
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Real people

Back in 1968, one of the first TV shows with an African-American protagonist was Julia, in which Diahann Carroll portrayed a nurse. There were well-meaning complaints that the show should have been about a "real" black person, such as one who was on welfare.

Now more real black people, and "real" black people, are nurses and such, and one would like to think the problem was solved. But no. Alisa Valdez reports that when she suggested a show about Latinas, the suits complained that her characters were too ordinary. A suggestion:
Why don’t we make the girls debating whether or not to date men in prison? I know that’s what Latinas talk about, just like it’s what black women talk about.
Thanx to Feministing
Tags: showbiz
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