Asia Hoeabout 1 year ago
I have zero interest in watching this show until it does a better job of representing reality for what it is, instead of the monochromatic fantasy that Hollywood so often tends to portray it as. Brooklyn is beautiful. The second I step on a train heading into Brooklyn, the entire ethnic/racial/social markup of the subway shifts before my eyes. It's like dawn breaking. Beautiful (and not so) people of every hue, from all walks of life, and every edge of the planet (even as Hipsterville threatens to gentrify it beyond recognition). That's the Brooklyn I want to see portrayed.
I will say, however, that I find this notion of "our men" problematic. There's no denying that the male actor in the show is invisible by virtue of his tokenism; he is little more than a sex object on screen. But the language of possession used in this article is in my mind, is no better than that portrayal. That language further diminishes the black male actor into an object. Is that okay, simply because the show is about women? Are black women the only ones that deserve to be adequately represented? I think as long as we claim each other like this, into little camps, we will continue to see a divisive and exclusive Hollywood. We have to see each other as a whole, and not little quotas, on both sides.