Skip to main content

View Diary: Is Tyreese "Made to Suffer"? In The Walking Dead TV Show There Can Be Only One Black Male Character (342 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  Tricky. (8+ / 0-)

    Some agreement, some disagreement.

    Overall, especially when it comes to genre far removed from present-day reality, I think it's easier for characters to blend across race and gender.  After all, we don't know what race relations will look like in a thousand years.  First, write well-rounded characters (like you said: actual people.)

    With The Walking Dead, I think the comic/show actively shoots itself in the foot on these issues.  It's set in contemporary-ish Georgia (an almost all-white version of Georgia to boot), and it's actively made both race and gender into plot points.  Merle is a villain because he says racist things to T-Dog (significantly, the show's view of race relations is limited to an almost cartoonish "says racist things".)  The Governor maintain a largely gender-segregated community, and rapes/nearly-rapes his female prisoner.  Season 1's awful "Vatos" made racial stereotyping into a punchline ("You think they're gangbangers?  That's because you're the racist!")  Race and gender are all over this work, but in ways that draw attention to how poorly thought-through they are.  

    All that being said, it's just the icing on the cake of what's truly one of the worst things I can't stop watching obsessively.  Season 3's improved enormously simply by moving more quickly... Less time for the writers to show off how bad they are.

    Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

    by pico on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 05:27:11 PM PST

    [ Parent ]

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

  • Recommended (136)
  • Community (65)
  • 2016 (46)
  • Elections (39)
  • Environment (36)
  • Media (36)
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership (34)
  • Republicans (31)
  • Hillary Clinton (30)
  • Law (29)
  • Barack Obama (28)
  • Iraq (27)
  • Civil Rights (26)
  • Culture (25)
  • Jeb Bush (24)
  • Climate Change (24)
  • Economy (21)
  • Labor (20)
  • Bernie Sanders (18)
  • Science (17)
  • Click here for the mobile view of the site