History Main / MonoChromeCasting

1st May '16 3:18:56 PM DoctorCooper
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Occasionally TruthInTelevision, because even in places with ethnically diverse populations, it's not uncommon to see people clustered together in monochromatic groups due to self-segregation.
19th Apr '16 2:05:03 AM Doug86
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** JJAbrams said a major reason they sought to avoid this with ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' is because they wanted the film to be more representative of the diversity seen in real life.

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** JJAbrams Creator/JJAbrams said a major reason they sought to avoid this with ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' is because they wanted the film to be more representative of the diversity seen in real life.
16th Apr '16 5:42:34 AM Jake
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* The co-showrunner of ''Series/MidsomerMurders'' was sacked after stating with astonishing bluntness in an interview with the ''RadioTimes'' that he thought that it was a success because it was a "bastion of Englishness", and that to maintain that he would never cast a non-white actor in it.

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* The co-showrunner of You could reasonably argue that ''Series/MidsomerMurders'' was sacked after stating is a justified example, being set in a fairly wealthy part of rural England with lots of old money and old-fashioned views around; a black person in that sort of place is lucky if the worst they have to put up with is rude stares, even in these supposedly enlightened times. But when the co-showrunner stated with astonishing bluntness in an interview with the ''RadioTimes'' that he thought that it was a success because it was a "bastion of Englishness", and that to maintain that he would never cast a non-white actor in it.it, public opinion considered ''that'' to be crossing the line. The co-showrunner in question was fired and a black character was eventually added to the line-up.



* ''Series/HillStreetBlues'' had a memorable in-universe example of this when Ray Caitano was named "Hispanic Officer of the Year", and gave a speech bitterly calling them out on the fact that most of the officers of captain and above in the city were in the room and the only non-white people were the waiters. (A couple of characteristically insensitive remarks from [[NobleBigotWithABadge Lieutenant Hunter]] and the fact they'd put out a bunch of Puerto Rican flags when Ray was ''Colombian''-American really didn't help.) The series in general did a pretty good job of averting the trope, however, with numerous nonwhite main characters.



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24th Feb '16 11:23:40 AM FF32
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* Even though ''Series/FreshPrinceOfBelAir'' takes place in upper-class UsefulNotes/LosAngeles, there are no non-black recurring characters and none of the kids date interracially.

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* Even though ''Series/FreshPrinceOfBelAir'' ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' takes place in upper-class UsefulNotes/LosAngeles, there are no non-black recurring characters and none of the kids date interracially.
19th Feb '16 9:28:09 AM Mhazard
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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]] 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}} Jedi Master [[Creator/SamuelLJackson Mace Windu]].
18th Feb '16 10:24:44 AM JulianLapostat
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* ''Film/{{Hallelujah}}'', a 1929 musical about a family of poor cotton farmers, is a rare example of a film with an all-black cast.

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* ''Film/{{Hallelujah}}'', UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood was fairly monochrome for its time, but one weird inversion is the now DeaderThanDisco genre, the all-black film. As a result of segregation, African-Americans could not be truly protagonists in a film with other white characters, so this niche genre was rarely invested in partly to broadcast talented African-American singers and musicians.
** ''Film/{{Hallelujah}}'' by Creator/KingVidor,
a 1929 musical about a family of poor cotton farmers, was the first film in this genre. This film shows African-Americans as sharecroppers with urban African-American in big city ghettoes, so while white characters aren't acknowledged in the film, one can assume that they exist since the portrayal of African-Americans is largely realistic.
** ''Cabin in the Sky'' by Creator/VincenteMinnelli, made in 1943
is a rare example lot more fantastic and it portrays a separate Heaven and Hell and it's depicted more or less as an AlternateUniverse. It features Music/DukeEllington and his Band, Music/LouisArmstrong in TheCameo alongside Lean Horne and Ethel Waters.
** Creator/OttoPreminger directed ''Porgy and Bess'' and ''Carmen Jones'' which is the most unrealistic
of a film the lot with an all-black cast.African-Americans in areas and professions, costumes, styles and apartments that would be incredibly unrealistic for African-Americans in that time.
18th Feb '16 9:42:13 AM gallium
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* The town ''Film/{{Footloose}}'' is set in is exclusively inhabited by white characters, though this isn't unusual, as Utah is not the most diverse of states (according to the United States Census in 2010, nearly 90% of its inhabitants are white, and that kind of disparity is not likely to have changed in a mere 30 years), nor do rural towns have a reputation for being shining bastions of racial harmony.

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* The town ''Film/{{Footloose}}'' is set in is exclusively inhabited by white characters, though this isn't unusual, as Utah is not the most diverse of states (according to the United States Census in 2010, nearly 90% of its inhabitants are white, and that kind of disparity is not likely to have changed in a mere 30 years), nor do and rural towns have Utah (as opposed to Salt Lake City) is closer to 100% white.
* ''Film/{{Hallelujah}}'',
a reputation for being shining bastions 1929 musical about a family of racial harmony.poor cotton farmers, is a rare example of a film with an all-black cast.
25th Jan '16 7:16:30 AM tafelshrew
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* Almost all the main characters in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series are white, and though there ''are'' minorities among the supporting cast, hardly any of them get focus or development. Though according to WordOfGod she did not specify the race of some characters and they were just assumed to be white. Specifically Rowling points out that Hermione could easily be played by a black actress since she had brown eyes and frizzy hair but her skin color was not mentioned.

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* Almost all the main characters in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series are white, and though there ''are'' minorities among the supporting cast, hardly any of them get focus or development. Though according to WordOfGod she did not specify the race of some characters and they were just assumed to be white. Specifically Rowling points out that Hermione could easily be played by a black actress since she had brown eyes and frizzy hair but her skin color was not mentioned.mentioned (although the occasional mentions of her turning pale or her face becoming white with shock give certain hints).
17th Jan '16 2:25:57 PM Silverblade2
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* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' played this straight in season 1, with Regina Mills and Sidney as the only recurring character of minority ethnicities. But Season 2 onwards began averting it, featuring Mulan and Tamara as recurring minorities as well as giving many fairytale characters a RaceLift; Rapunzel, Maid Marian, Ursula, Guinevere and Lancelot were all played by non-white actors.

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* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' played downplayed this straight in season 1, with Regina Mills and Sidney as the only recurring character of minority ethnicities. But Season 2 onwards began averting it, featuring Mulan and Tamara as recurring minorities as well as giving many fairytale characters a RaceLift; Rapunzel, Maid Marian, Ursula, Guinevere and Lancelot were all played by non-white actors.
25th Dec '15 2:48:27 PM sosaith
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* Almost all the main characters in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series are white, and though there ''are'' minorities among the supporting cast, hardly any of them get focus or development.

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* Almost all the main characters in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series are white, and though there ''are'' minorities among the supporting cast, hardly any of them get focus or development. Though according to WordOfGod she did not specify the race of some characters and they were just assumed to be white. Specifically Rowling points out that Hermione could easily be played by a black actress since she had brown eyes and frizzy hair but her skin color was not mentioned.
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