Is it really that Black and White?

Lenny Henry has hit out against the British television industry, declaring it unjust that the cast of popular T.V shows is predominantly white. Vocalising his frustration that the industry is made up of just 5.4% BAME people, he says things need to change.

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As probably seen on my previous posts, I am all for equality and any kind of discrimination is completely unacceptable to me.

production excluded) I have to disagree. It’s not in a racist manner in any degree, its just that shows such as Broadchurch, based in a little English town, would not be factually accurate if the cast was 50% BAME. Little towns like these are not very diverse, it only becomes so when you come to more urban cities and towns, so it could be argued that viewing quality would be affected.

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Furthermore, I am a huge fan of the show The Vampire Diaries and often it jumps back to the past, to reflect on days gone by.

Historically, in the US and UK especially, slavery was a massive controversy and in the 1900’s black people were oppressed. Yet in many programmes they are often portrayed as working class or wealthy individuals, which was not the case for most; this has most likely been done by production companies to avoid offending their audiences.

In regards to TV shows where the casts ethnicity doesn’t affect the storyline in any way, it is right that Lenny Henry should fight for the rights of BAME people. However, sometimes a white ensemble is used because it’s true to the story and as realistic as possible. Shows sometimes need to focus on being believable rather than whether or not it may upset someone.

Wherever you go, the film and TV industry will reflect their cliché “native” citizens of the country:

Japan-the cast will be predominantly Japanese.

Mexico and Spain-the cast will be predominantly Hispanic.

India-the cast will be predominantly Indian.

This is not due to racism, it’s just down to the fact that in these countries, Japanese, Hispanic and Indian people are of the majority, as is true of England. We are a diverse society and we welcome anyone who settles in our country, but in essence, there are (factually) more white people in Britain than BAME. So it makes sense that shows like Broadchurch reflect this fact to keep an essence of realism.

People have equal opportunity in Britain and there is no discrimination against the BAME  population when comes to casting people for TV. It’s just that sometimes, appropriateness needs to be taken into account and someone may not be right for certain roles.

The boundaries are blurred most of the time because political correctness always forgets to wear it’s glasses.

Lenny Henry should definitely fight for equal chances but it needs to be realised that it’s not always possible.

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Baa Baa Rainbow sheep, have you any sense?

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Don’t get me wrong. I stand for equality; for gay rights; for the world to see eachother in an unbiased way; for people to be able to look at another (someone who is different to themselves) and be able to smile because they realise people are unique. That someone shouldn’t be judged by the way they look, how old they are, who they love or whether they have a penis.

But on the other hand, the world has gone mad!

Political correctness is at its peak and some of the things that we have to say now is, well, ridiculous to be frank! Here are just a few (try not to laugh):

1. As you probably guessed from the title, the old nursery rhyme Baa baa black sheep, is now sung as Rainbow sheep in primary schools. If a sheep has black wool then surely it is in fact a black sheep? Is it rainbow because it excretes gold from the end of it?

2. Ginger-bread men are now ginger-bread people. But don’t be mistaken, this is not down to feminism, no, it’s because men complained that women should get eaten too! We do stand for equality after all!

3. People have complained that it’s unfair children in newspapers are publicised as being “lost” (a missing person) which indicates that the parents of the child are to blame: that they somehow neglected their child. Okay, so how would you like them to be described? Last seen on friday, this child is “Temporarily Disorientated.”

4. In Australia 2007, Santa Claus’ were banned from saying Ho Ho Ho, to avoid offending women. Why? Well, apparently they thought all women were Whores.

And, finally…

5. “Brain-storm” is no longer acceptable as it may offend those with epilepsy, instead we must replace it with “thought-shower” which I think is just as offensive to people like my brother who only seem to voluntarily bathe once a year whether they need it or not!

Hard out here for a bitch…

Lily Allen’s new music video.

It has been criticised and torn apart by almost everyone on Earth and it makes me wonder how people do not fall down more (yes, I quoted friends and no, I intended no copyright).

On the one hand, people tend to be supporters of an equal society, yet when someone like Lily stands up and fights back against everything that unbalances the equilibrium, she is branded nothing less than a disgrace.

Yes, the song may feature an incredible amount of profanities and the content may not have been that suitable for a young audience but surely the topics she covers cannot be addressed in any other way. If they were described and fought against in a mitigating style, then she’d be labelled a sell out; someone who is censoring their opinions because those higher up would not approve.

Equally, unlike many other artists in the charts (considering the charts today, I do use the word artist loosely) Lily was quite considerable in the fact she graced her video with a warning at the beginning for parents to use discretion in letting their children watch the video, even though it’s a given fact that most children will watch it anyway.

Lily Allen’s new song ‘Hard out here’ is a parody of how women in the media are manufactured products of a materialistic industry and are objectified so much, we’d expect every woman to be labelled with a price tag.

She addresses ‘twerking’ in the video, sexualisation, the ridiculous pressure to be a sack of bones and all the nonsensical ideologies that young women of today find themselves to be conforming to.

I would like to make the point that Lily is being criticised by the papers for “being white and most of her dancers are black.”

Now Lily is a racist feminist?

Erm, people, it’s a parody!

She’s making the point that people have the misguided opinion that black women are curvier and that they are used in videos because of their image.Lily is addressing racism in music videos, not promoting it!One post on YouTube commented that she’s addressing sexism by appropriating black culture.

Well, as Lily says, “If you can’t detect the sarcasm, you’ve misunderstood.”