Why is everything under the sun being revamped and brought back to be done the same way it was originally done!?!? Are all the TV executives smoking the same Schedule 1 substance?!?! I mean seriously. Their programming choices seem to be chasing the high of when television was predominantly white, womanizing and middle class.
I wasn’t going to say anything when I heard that Full House was coming back as Fuller House. The change in the name highlights the only change in the plot—that there are more people because the children now have children of their own. I even bit my tongue when the stereotypical attractive male who saves the country but has (or had) an alcohol problem was brought back to save the country as the designated survivor who becomes President after a terrorist attack! In addition to feeling like I was in the Twilight Zone while I was watching the commercials for the show, I felt like I was being forced to accept the fact that Kiefer Southerland is the only person who can save America and possibly the world. Are decently attractive but flawed white men the only people that can be anyone’s savior on television!?!?!?! We all know that the heroes of real life are all genders, races, and religions. So why do these television executives keep pushing this synthetic drug of the white savior on us as though they are not trying to make us think that it won’t have the side effect of giving us a false sense of security and equality?
I decided to speak out against the peddlers of false reality aka television executives when I learned that Sony decided to bring back Good Times, The Jeffersons, Maude and All in the Family. At first I thought to myself that these executives wanted to push the agenda of only presenting shows that either fail to show people of color at all or only show them in stereotypical ways. But I also think that these executives, in their quest for more and more money while causing more and more people to stop watching traditional TV, are missing the most obvious point of Norman Lear’s tenure as a producer. The clear theme in all of his programs was to present the political and racial conversations of the day. Instead of merely presenting the same shows with new actors why not create new shows that first present the diversity of our country from a factual perspective.
Now don’t get me wrong, I understand the complexities of race relations in our country. I understand that for the most part, many people associate with other people that look like them and have similar beliefs. That does not however mean that we as individuals should think that the entire country is full of “us” aka people whose lives I agree with and “them” aka people whose lives I don’t agree with because of their race, religion, sexual preference, or gender identity.
Enough money has been fleeced out of America and the world from TV executives who are just pushers of a lucrative one-sided and narrow-minded perspective of the world. It’s time we stop allowing ourselves to be sold the addictive substance of unrealistic television. There is a way to create imagination, dreams, and futurism without perpetuating stereotypes and pumping implicit bias into our everyday lives. It’s called creating numerous opportunities for new writers, directors, actors and producers so that they can collectively present drama, comedy, suspence, and romance in a way that includes everyone.
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