Is it really like that or is it just make-believe?
Does TV/Movies represent the real mixed race Couples?
You can't make everybody happy. It seems that no matter what the entertainment world does to imitate life in art, there's some group that is just not happy about how they are portrayed. We've definitely come a long way since the first interracial couple blessed the air waves....haven't we?
Raise your hand or nod your head if you remember Lucy and Ricky Ricardo? The show was I Love Lucy, it was the on television from 1951-57. At that time the TV executives were not sure if American audiences would believe this "mixed marriage" between the all American girl and the Cuban hottie. The fact that they had been married in "real life" for over 10 years made no difference at all. Here we are half a century later, still worried about what "they" think?!
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With interracial couples in the media today, as was with I Love Lucy, the writers may joke about some of the cultural differences, (language, hair, food), but the ethnic diversity is not usually brought up as an serious issue. It may have a lot to do with the fact that you can't please everyone.
When black actors weren't getting any roles there were complaints. After they got the roles, people complained that they were not realistic, too stereotypical. The same has been said for all minority parts in television and cinema. People complained that the "black guy" in Starsky & Hutch was a pimp. Then people complained that in the Cosby Show there was a black doctor and black lawyer married...are you serious? Now, with our interracial couples we hear, there are not enough. Of the ones that exist, they don't really represent the "real" make up of multicultural couples.
When was the last time you saw a black man in a love scene with a white woman? Think about it, we see more black women with white men on television despite the fact that there are twice as many black men with white women in reality. Some say that because "HollyWHITE" doesn't want to see their women being touched and groped, blah, blah, blah. I say it's more like you write, produce and direct about what you know, what you experience. So, the answer would be to either, get out and live more, or put more of a variety of ethnicities into power positions in the studios and we'll get that cultural balance and diversity that we say we want in the world of entertainment.
Here's a partial list of shows and movies that have multicultural couples represented: Grey's Anatomy, My Name is Earl, Scrubs, The Jefferson's, Bringing Down the House, Save the Last Dance, The Bodyguard, Swordfish, Something New, Guess Who, Lost, Transporter, Jungle Fever, Degrassi, Nip Tuck, Love Actually, The Pink Panther, Will and Grace, ER and Friends. The list goes on and on.
The fact is there has never been an abundance of interracial relationships shown on television or in the movies. A big reason for that is the studios fear of alienating its audience and potential advertisers. However, when it is done it has a great impact on our society and their acceptance of difference races coming together. Perhaps this is why the number of interracial marriages went from less than 1% in 1970 to near 6% in 2000. Is it a case of life imitating art or is it the other way around?
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