The truth about Diversity in film and television

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When it comes to the issue of diversity you have 3 camps you have those who care for it, ( diversity auditors) those who are against it ( ist & phobes) and those see that its a slight myth except the Oscars That one Rings very true at times but I’ll get back to that separate post.

Diversity auditors

Diversity Auditors are those who Believe in their own, right That representation matters Which it does, However, Not only do they want to change characters to fit their narrative they are unwilling to come up with new ideas and original characters That represented them They also forget the past. Which I will get into shortly.

ISTS AND PHOBES

These are the ones who will talk more about how woke and diverse something is how diversity is killing Hollywood rather than talking about The major issues with shows and movies, which is the story Or that thing called a plot, These folks are also in a category all of their own (fandom Menace)

Diversity and representation has been around for decades

Now the truth that both parties ignore is the fact that diversity and representation has been ongoing since the 1960s one of the diverse shows was Star Trek And that show got canceled after 3 Seasons Which spawned 6 movies in before joining the Next Generation Which featured a blind guy a female security officer a counselor a doctor a Klingon and an Android And we cannot forget about the wise bartender Guinan played by Whoopi Goldberg.

Minority representation

Also, the idea that African-Americans are portrayed in film and TV as negative stereotypes I should remind those who believe that, are wrong because there have been many movies and television where African-American cast are portrayed as good guys Examples are as followed Family Matters, The Cosby Show, Living Single, Martin, Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, In addition, there are a couple of actors That Hardly ever see portrayed as the bad guy Samuel Jackson, Will Smith, Martin Lawrence Ice Cube and Ice-T.

LGBTQ representation

LGBTQ community is another group that has forgotten the countless characters that have been portrayed in movies and shows one example would be Six Feet Under, Will & Grace,  they’ve even played doctors on ER and house m.d. the character Renee Montoya first premiered on Batman the Animated Series, in addition, Batwoman was created in 1956.

Gender and race swap

You have the argument of the gender And race swap in movies, However, that also has been going on for a long time examples example of this is Daredevil Kingpin Wilson Fisk who was played by Michael Clarke Duncan It could have been played by Kane Hodder who made an appearance in the film But wasn’t.

Another perfect example of this is Nick Fury which is portrayed by Samuel l Jackson and Will Smith’s portrayal of James West from the Wild Wild, We also can’t forget that Denzel Washington’s character Alonzo in Training Day was based on Rafael Perez the corrupt LAPD officer, Patch Adams also had a gender swap.

The superhero genre

The superhero genre saw its excitement with Black Panther movie Where diversity auditors were extremely excited to have the very first black superhero on the big screen that they forgot about blade and steel While one can argue that steel was not a good enough movie It’s still part of the superhero lore none the less Same thing came up with Captain Marvel ignoring Supergirl Well one can say Hollywood does take a long time to create stand-alone female superhero films And we do need more then what we have But that’s still something that needs to be explored.

Strong female leads

This is another category that has many scratching their heads head because there have been many strong female leaves especially in the horror genre like Ripley from Alien, Nancy Thompson, Kristin and Alice from a nightmare on street, Sidney Prescott and Gale Weathers From the Scream franchise, However, there is something wrong with the recent movies that have come out one example is The 2019 remake of black Christmas which only had one great seeing which is the hit song up in the frat house.

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Lisa Wilcox as Alice with Irreplaceable Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger

Focusing on a message more than the plot.

Black Christmas and Charlie’s Angels failed for this exact reason because they focused more on the message rather than the story itself black Christmas is a perfect example of this I will also go as far as to say is that it hung on the coattails of the original 2,

watching this movie made me wonder why they called it black Christmas when they could have even called it up in the frat house, which is the song that they sing in the movie which is the only good part about it If you ask me.

Birds of Prey and the fantabulous emancipation of one Harley Quinn learned from Black Christmas and actually gave a pretty entertaining story The only thing wrong with Harley Quinn was they changed one thing black mask that made the character who he was.

Creating something new instead of changing the original just to suit you.

To finish up my last point I want to talk about creating an original character instead of changing something that’s already fixed, for example during a Comic-Con event. Before Stanley had passed away someone in the panel had asked if Peter Parker would ever date another male Basically, would Peter Parker be gay And the answer to that was no. This is an answer I agree with wholeheartedly not because I am homophobic Because I am far from it it’s because there’s always an opportunity  to create an original character Which is exactly what they did in the arrowverse with Sara Lance(White Canary) Alex Danvers, Kate Kane, (Batwoman) and Anissa Pierce (Thunder) or even Carol Danvers (Captain Marvel)

to those people on both sides of the argument the diversity Auditors and The Fandom Menace, I say this

In conclusion, I Friendly reminder I promote small streamers small businesses and crowdfunding campaigns for businesses and or film Please take advantage, Super Troopers 2 was made from an Indiegogo campaign if they can do it, so can you.

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