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  •  In reference to the show.... (0+ / 0-)

    ....it's pretty minor, but in reference to the larger cultural issue, it's pretty big. Outside of shows aimed to the black market, black characters are either the comic relief or barely even exist. This is a pretty big problem, wouldn't you concur? I mean, you have shows that not only don't reflect reality, but also render entire races invisible. That doesn't seem right and I think that's a result of racism. This isn't about "political correctness."

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      I don't see it as racism. I think that they are targeting the majority of tv audiences, which happen to be white.

      •  I doubt even that much thought went into it (0+ / 0-)

        Basically, this is Dunham's movie, Tiny Furniture, revamped into a tv show, and the film was inspired by circumstances in her own life at the time she wrote it. Lena Dunham's only 24 or 25. Has anyone considered that maybe she doesn't feel comfortable writing for POCs? I mean, if she inadvertently made a mistake, would everyone be saying, well, that came off as insensitive or unrealistic, but we all applaud you for trying? The characters are deliberately unlikeable and sheltered, after all.

        Warning: Erwin Schroedinger will kill you like a cat in a box. Maybe.

        by strandedlad on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 10:32:50 PM PDT

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        •  That's why I'm withholding judgment... (0+ / 0-)

          ....on the show, because there does seem to be an air of self-criticism, which is necessary, I think. But, the question of how racial minorities are depicted (or not depicted at all) in media is a huge issue, because that's how cultural judgments are made. We all consume media.

      •  Of course it's racism (1+ / 0-)
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        Take a white, southern business owner during the time of segregation, for example. They might not have had any personal prejudices, but to satisfy their white customers, they sure as shit weren't going to let black people at at the lunch counter. It was just a business decision, but it was still racist, even if they weren't personally racist. Stop taking such a narrow view of things.

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