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27th Dec '16 11:28:37 PM sayaleviathan
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* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' used to have a diverse main cast...sort of: one black (Warrick) in the main CSI team, one Latino detective (Vega) and one Asian LabRat (Archie). Until Warrick got killed off and Vega turned out to be a CorruptCop and got killed while Archie just [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome disappeared]] with the rest of the lab rats leaving only Hodges and Henry. There's also Dr. Ray Langston played by Creator/LaurenceFishburne who took Grissom's place as the lead character until he left and got replaced by D.B. Russell (Ted Danson) which made the main CSI team all-white with one black detective.
8th Dec '16 7:06:39 AM LondonKdS
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* The third major Joss Whedon show, ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', came in for a very specific kind of criticism due to the conflict between the casting and the world building. Although there were black and Hispanic actors in the regular cast and among the guest characters, there was only one East Asian actor in a speaking role in the entire show (one of the brothel prostitutes in "Heart of Gold", although so minor a character that many viewers didn't notice her). The problem with this was that the show was set in a future where supposedly the USA and China had merged to create a hybrid dominant culture for humanity, but while there were lots of Chinese inscriptions and badly-pronounced expletives, there were puzzlingly few Chinese-looking people.
7th Dec '16 2:12:48 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Franchise/StarWars'': A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, there were only three minorities, not counting the SpaceJews, and in the very first film all the visible actors on screen were white--only Creator/JamesEarlJones as the voice of Darth Vader wasn't. Lucas repeatedly defended himself, claiming he had auditioned nonwhites for some of the major roles (including a black actor for Han Solo and a Japanese actor for Obi-Wan) but just happened to end up with only whites. In any case, the later films all featured nonwhites in major roles, most notably Lando. The prequels also revealed that [[SendInTheClones all of the clonetroopers]] (including [[BountyHunter Boba Fett]]) are Maori. Not to mention {{Badass}} Jedi Master [[Creator/SamuelLJackson Mace Windu]].

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'': A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, there were only three minorities, not counting the SpaceJews, and in the very first film all the visible actors on screen were white--only Creator/JamesEarlJones as the voice of Darth Vader wasn't. Lucas repeatedly defended himself, claiming he had auditioned nonwhites for some of the major roles (including a black actor for Han Solo and a Japanese actor for Obi-Wan) but just happened to end up with only whites. In any case, the later films all featured nonwhites in major roles, most notably Lando. The prequels also revealed that [[SendInTheClones all of the clonetroopers]] (including [[BountyHunter Boba Fett]]) are Maori. Not to mention {{Badass}} badass Jedi Master [[Creator/SamuelLJackson Mace Windu]].
2nd Nov '16 4:42:31 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** Ferro Lad was supposed to be Black under his armor, but you couldn't tell. When writer Jim Shooter wasn't allowed to reveal this, he gave the character a HeroicSacrifice.

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** Ferro Lad was supposed to be Black under his armor, but you couldn't tell. When writer Jim Shooter Creator/JimShooter wasn't allowed to reveal this, he gave the character a HeroicSacrifice.



* ''Film/NottingHill'' has a curious lack of black people in crowd shots despite being set in Notting Hill neighborhood, which has enough of a black population that the Notting Hill Carnival is a major annual event largely celebrating black culture in England. At least one comedian of color joked that the film would win the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Special Effects for removing all the black people from Notting Hill. RichardCurtis responded by casting the guy as a DJ in Film/LoveActually.

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* ''Film/NottingHill'' has a curious lack of black people in crowd shots despite being set in Notting Hill neighborhood, which has enough of a black population that the Notting Hill Carnival is a major annual event largely celebrating black culture in England. At least one comedian of color joked that the film would win the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Special Effects for removing all the black people from Notting Hill. RichardCurtis responded by casting the guy as a DJ in Film/LoveActually.''Film/LoveActually''.



* In spite of Gene Roddenberry's good intentions, many ''Franchise/StarTrek'' films were fairly monochromatic. The most notable example occurs in ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'', where the ethnically diverse superhumans from "Space Seed" became generically European.

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* In spite of Gene Roddenberry's Creator/GeneRoddenberry's good intentions, many ''Franchise/StarTrek'' films were fairly monochromatic. The most notable example occurs in ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'', where the ethnically diverse superhumans from "Space Seed" "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E22SpaceSeed}} Space Seed]]" became generically European.



* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' tried very hard to avoid monochrome casting, in line with Gene Roddenbery's views on race becoming a non-issue in Earth's future. This required deliberate effort on the part of the production staff, as, even in the mid-1960s, the network production system tended to fill all spots for extras with generic, physically fit white males (age 25 to 45) unless otherwise specified. As production values slipped in the second and third seasons of the series, crewmen and civilians fell back on the generic white male Hollywood stockpile. Of course, the most notable aversion of that era was Lieutenant Uhura, whose noteworthiness as a ranking black officer was so notable that Dr Martin Luther King Jr. himself convinced her to stay on the show in later seasons specifically to avert this trope.

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' tried very hard to avoid monochrome casting, in line with Gene Roddenbery's Creator/GeneRoddenbery's views on race becoming a non-issue in Earth's future. This required deliberate effort on the part of the production staff, as, even in the mid-1960s, the network production system tended to fill all spots for extras with generic, physically fit white males (age 25 to 45) unless otherwise specified. As production values slipped in the second and third seasons of the series, crewmen and civilians fell back on the generic white male Hollywood stockpile. Of course, the most notable aversion of that era was Lieutenant Uhura, whose noteworthiness as a ranking black officer was so notable that Dr Martin Luther King Jr. himself convinced her to stay on the show in later seasons specifically to avert this trope.



* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' is usually racially diverse with its casting, but in ''Power Rangers Jungle Fury'', all the rangers except for one (the Blue Ranger) were white. So far, it's the only season to do this.
** ''RPM'' just ''barely'' avoided this; Scott (Red Ranger) was the only non-white on the main team (he's black), but both of the SixthRanger characters were Asian. That being said, it's still one of the least racially diverse seasons.
** Something weird happened with ''Ninja Steel''. The characters are of different races, and not all of the actors are New Zealanders, but they all have roughly the same complexion.

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* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' is usually racially diverse with its casting, but in ''Power Rangers Jungle Fury'', ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury'', all the rangers except for one (the Blue Ranger) were white. So far, it's the only season to do this.
** ''RPM'' ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' just ''barely'' avoided this; Scott (Red Ranger) was the only non-white on the main team (he's black), but both of the SixthRanger characters were Asian. That being said, it's still one of the least racially diverse seasons.
** Something weird happened with ''Ninja ''Series/PowerRangersNinja Steel''. The characters are of different races, and not all of the actors are New Zealanders, but they all have roughly the same complexion.
21st Oct '16 10:16:11 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ''Series/{{Earthsea}}'', the Sci-Fi Channel adaptation of Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's Literature/{{Earthsea}} novels, was an {{egregious}} mix of Monochrome Casting and TheyJustDidntCare. Le Guin intentionally created a fantasy world where a variety of dark-skinned people make up the majority of the populace (she even makes a point of distinguishing between the different shades of brown), with the only white people being barbarians... and the movie starred a bunch of white people and a MagicalNegro. Le Guin has some [[http://www.ursulakleguin.com/Index-EarthseaMiniseries.html choice things]] to say about the production.

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* ''Series/{{Earthsea}}'', the Sci-Fi Channel adaptation of Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's Literature/{{Earthsea}} novels, was an {{egregious}} mix of Monochrome Casting and TheyJustDidntCare.novels. Le Guin intentionally created a fantasy world where a variety of dark-skinned people make up the majority of the populace (she even makes a point of distinguishing between the different shades of brown), with the only white people being barbarians... and the movie starred a bunch of white people and a MagicalNegro. Le Guin has some [[http://www.ursulakleguin.com/Index-EarthseaMiniseries.html choice things]] to say about the production.
19th Oct '16 6:27:57 AM erforce
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* Nearly every character is Hispanic/Latino in ''[[Film/ParanormalActivity Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones]]''.

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* Nearly every character is Hispanic/Latino in ''[[Film/ParanormalActivity Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones]]''.''Film/ParanormalActivityTheMarkedOnes''.
25th Sep '16 4:14:51 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* The WWF women wrestlers, or "[[InsistentTerminology Divas]]" as they would come to be known as, were a bit like this when they first started out - management favouring Caucasian blondes. The Jumping Bomb Angels had the women's tag titles in the late 1980s but it wouldn't be till the mid 1990s that other Japanese wrestlers came in. To be fair, there were quite a few[[note]]Tomoko Watanabe, Wrestling/LionessAsuka, Kyoko Inoue, Chaparrita ASARI, Sakie Hasegawa, Wrestling/AjaKong-it's said Wrestling/VinceMcMahon has a tendency to over correct but they were all good wrestlers so no one really cared this time[[/note]] but besides Bull Nakano they were gone [[ShooOutTheNewGuy almost as soon as they got there]] and then the entire women's division was scrapped. Upon it's "revival", {{Wrestling/Jacqueline}} was the only minority Diva for years (and the first African-American to become Women's Champion). The Diva Searches were a similar case, featuring mostly white girls (although the winners of the last two Diva Searches were minorities - Wrestling/{{Layla}} El (Spanish-Moroccan) and Wrestling/EveTorres.) From there WWE went through periods where the majority of the wrestlers were of noticeable African ancestry and where the majority were latina. In the latter case, [[LatinoIsBrown many were still white Latinas though]] and WWE employed four Asian women since 2003 - Wrestling/GailKim (Korean), Hiroko (Japanese), Lena Yada (Japanese) and Savannah (Chinese), none whom were ever on the main roster together, compared to the brief surge of the 90s.

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* The WWF women wrestlers, or "[[InsistentTerminology Divas]]" as they would come to be known as, were a bit like this when they first started out - management favouring Caucasian blondes. The Jumping Bomb Angels had the women's tag titles in the late 1980s but it wouldn't be till the mid 1990s that other Japanese wrestlers came in. To be fair, there were quite a few[[note]]Tomoko Watanabe, Wrestling/LionessAsuka, Kyoko Inoue, Chaparrita ASARI, Sakie Hasegawa, Wrestling/AjaKong-it's said Wrestling/VinceMcMahon has a tendency to over correct but they were all good wrestlers so no one really cared this time[[/note]] but besides Bull Nakano Wrestling/BullNakano they were gone [[ShooOutTheNewGuy almost as soon as they got there]] and then the entire women's division was scrapped. Upon it's "revival", {{Wrestling/Jacqueline}} was the only minority Diva for years (and the first African-American to become Women's Champion). The Diva Searches were a similar case, featuring mostly white girls (although the winners of the last two Diva Searches were minorities - Wrestling/{{Layla}} El (Spanish-Moroccan) and Wrestling/EveTorres.) From there WWE went through periods where the majority of the wrestlers were of noticeable African ancestry and where the majority were latina. In the latter case, [[LatinoIsBrown many were still white Latinas though]] and WWE employed four Asian women since 2003 - Wrestling/GailKim (Korean), Hiroko (Japanese), Lena Yada (Japanese) and Savannah (Chinese), none whom were ever on the main roster together, compared to the brief surge of the 90s.
23rd Sep '16 6:55:16 AM CrazyLegs2
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* ''Series/HomeImprovement,'' ostensibly takes place in Detroit. There were very few black characters than should be realistically expected, though this is presumable a wealthy, white-bread suburb. Detroit was a mixed-race city until about the 1970s, at which point "white flight" kicked in with a vengeance (mostly in response to race riots).

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* ''Series/HomeImprovement,'' ostensibly takes place in Detroit. There were very few black characters than should be realistically expected, though this is presumable a wealthy, white-bread suburb. Detroit was a mixed-race city until about the 1970s, at which point "white flight" kicked in with a vengeance (mostly in response to race riots). Today, it's one of the blackest cities in U.S., with 82% of the population being black at the 2010 census.
20th Sep '16 6:31:03 PM Jsketchy
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''Series/OneTreeHill'' is somewhat seen as this. Although from the beginning, they have had Black male characters and even had one in the opening credits by season four, there were no ''female'' Black characters unless they were only in the background with little to no lines. There was an episode where Lucas ran into an old friend of his who was a Black female, BUT viewers never heard of her prior to the episode and they only reunited outside of Tree Hill.

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''Series/OneTreeHill'' *''Series/OneTreeHill'' is somewhat seen as this. Although from the beginning, they have had Black male characters and even had one in the opening credits by season four, there were no ''female'' Black characters unless they were only in the background with little to no lines. There was an episode where Lucas ran into an old friend of his who was a Black female, BUT viewers never heard of her prior to the episode and they only reunited outside of Tree Hill.
14th Sep '16 9:06:51 AM tyrekecorrea
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* ''Series/OneTreeHill'' is somewhat seen as this. Although from the beginning, they have had Black male characters and even had one in the opening credits by season four, there were no ''female'' Black characters unless they were only in the background with little to no lines. There was an episode where Lucas ran into an old friend of his who was a Black female, BUT viewers never heard of her prior to the episode and they only reunited outside of Tree Hill.

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* ** Something weird happened with ''Ninja Steel''. The characters are of different races, and not all of the actors are New Zealanders, but they all have roughly the same complexion.
''Series/OneTreeHill'' is somewhat seen as this. Although from the beginning, they have had Black male characters and even had one in the opening credits by season four, there were no ''female'' Black characters unless they were only in the background with little to no lines. There was an episode where Lucas ran into an old friend of his who was a Black female, BUT viewers never heard of her prior to the episode and they only reunited outside of Tree Hill.
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