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10th Apr '17 5:08:59 AM DesertDragon
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* ''Series/QueerAsFolk'' is somewhat disappointing since the show is about gay life in Pittsburgh, which has a healthy minority population, yet one has to keep one's eye's peeled to even see non-white ''extras.'' Justin does have a [[BlackBestFriend black friend]], but she's [[ButNotTooBlack so light skinned that you wouldn't notice]] until she mentions it herself.

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* The US version of ''Series/QueerAsFolk'' is somewhat disappointing since the show is about gay life in Pittsburgh, UsefulNotes/{{Pittsburgh}}, which has a healthy minority black population, yet one has to keep one's eye's peeled to even see non-white ''extras.'' Justin does have a [[BlackBestFriend black friend]], but she's [[ButNotTooBlack so light skinned that you wouldn't notice]] until she mentions it herself.
8th Apr '17 10:39:09 AM nombretomado
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* You could reasonably argue that ''Series/MidsomerMurders'' 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, 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.

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* You could reasonably argue that ''Series/MidsomerMurders'' 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'' ''Magazine/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, 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.
5th Apr '17 7:05:32 PM karstovich2
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* ''Series/EastEnders'' - Sweet Baby Jesus. The show takes place in one of the most ethnically diverse parts of one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world and somehow manages to be 90 percent white. Worse yet, this is a fairly recent development. When the show started in 1985, the area's demographics were roughly the same and you could count the non-white actors on one hand. It's like the producers hadn't visited the area since the fifties.

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* ''Series/EastEnders'' - Sweet Baby Jesus. The show takes place in one of the most ethnically diverse parts of one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world and somehow manages to be 90 percent white. Worse yet, this is a fairly recent development. When the show started in 1985, the area's demographics were roughly the same and you could count the non-white actors on one hand. It's like the producers hadn't visited the area since the fifties.Fifties. (Heck, ''Series/CallTheMidwife'', which actually ''is'' set in the Fifties in the same part of London, might have had more minority guest appearances on average.)
25th Mar '17 1:48:25 AM UltimateLazer
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* ''Anime/{{Kuromukuro}}'' is very diverse, especially for a {{mecha}} anime that takes place in Japan ''and'' draws upon traditional Japanese culture. Featured among the Japanese characters include two French people, a Brit, an American, a Chinese, an Italian, a German, a Polish, two BridgeBunnies consisting of a Latina and a European, and one character who is [[ButNotTooForeign half-Japanese/half-Spanish]].

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* ''Anime/{{Kuromukuro}}'' is very diverse, especially for a {{mecha}} anime that takes place in Japan ''and'' draws upon traditional Japanese culture. Featured among the Japanese characters include two French people, a French, a Brit, an American, a Chinese, an Italian, a German, a Polish, two BridgeBunnies consisting of a Latina and a European, and one character who is [[ButNotTooForeign half-Japanese/half-Spanish]].
25th Mar '17 1:19:37 AM UltimateLazer
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* ''Anime/{{Kuromukuro}}'' is very diverse, especially for a {{mecha}} anime that takes place in Japan ''and'' draws upon traditional Japanese culture. Featured among the Japanese characters include two French people, a Brit, an American, a Chinese, an Italian, a German, two BridgeBunnies consisting of a Latina and a European, and one character who is [[ButNotTooForeign half-Japanese/half-Spanish]].

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* ''Anime/{{Kuromukuro}}'' is very diverse, especially for a {{mecha}} anime that takes place in Japan ''and'' draws upon traditional Japanese culture. Featured among the Japanese characters include two French people, a Brit, an American, a Chinese, an Italian, a German, a Polish, two BridgeBunnies consisting of a Latina and a European, and one character who is [[ButNotTooForeign half-Japanese/half-Spanish]].
25th Mar '17 1:18:55 AM UltimateLazer
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* ''Anime/{{Kuromukuro}}'' is very diverse, especially for a {{mecha}} anime that takes place in Japan ''and'' draws upon traditional Japanese culture. Featured among the Japanese characters include two French people, a Brit, an American, a Chinese, an Italian, a German, two BridgeBunnies consisting of a Latina and a European, and one character who is [[ButNotTooForeign half-Japanese/half-Spanish]].
24th Mar '17 7:14:08 AM erforce
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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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A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, there were only three minorities, not counting the SpaceJews, and in the [[Film/ANewHope very first film 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]].
22nd Mar '17 9:53:45 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* Buffy's sister show, ''Series/{{Angel}}'', also had a curious lack of minorities, especially since it took place in Los Angeles. Gunn and Gavin Park were the only real major non-white characters, and there didn't seem to be very many Hispanics, despite Los Angeles having a large Hispanic population. The showrunners finally produced a single episode in the final season, "The Cautionary Tale of Numero Cinco", which heavily involved the city's Hispanic community, but it ended up just drawing attention to the lacuna in the series as a whole.
* 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.

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* Buffy's sister show, ''Series/{{Angel}}'', also had a curious lack of minorities, especially since it took place in Los Angeles. Gunn and Gavin Park were the only real major non-white characters, and there didn't seem to be very many Hispanics, despite Los Angeles having a large Hispanic population. The showrunners finally produced a single episode in the final season, "The "[[{{Recap/AngelS05E06TheCautionaryTaleOfNumeroCinco}} The Cautionary Tale of Numero Cinco", Cinco]]", which heavily involved the city's Hispanic community, but it ended up just drawing attention to the lacuna in the series as a whole.
* 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 "[[{{Recap/FireflyE13HeartOfGold}} Heart of Gold", 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.



* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' tried very hard to avoid monochrome casting, in line with 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.

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' tried very hard to avoid monochrome casting, in line with Creator/GeneRoddenbery's Creator/GeneRoddenberry'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 Creator/NichelleNichols to stay on the show in later seasons specifically to avert this trope.
18th Feb '17 2:27:43 PM XFllo
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* ''Literature/TheWorstWitch'' TV series featured only two minority characters - Ruby and Jadu - who were both created exclusively for the TV series. And Jadu is the one member of the main cast with the fewest focus episodes. Literally every other recurring character in the series was white - apart from Charlie who was AmbiguouslyBrown.
10th Feb '17 10:04:41 PM Lanes17B
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** Series/ILoveLucy is an interesting case since, during this time, Desi Arnas, and the actors playing his friends and relatives from Cuba were not seen as non-whites, like they would be today, but more along the lines of a FunnyForeigner troupe.
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