Statistics on this are inherently inexact, but approximately 8-9% of the marriages in the U.S. are interracial, and that’s including Hispanics and Latinos as “non-white.” However, if you have been watching movies, TV shows or commercials made in 2020, you would get the impression that the percentage is closer to 80-90%, and maybe higher. This parallel universe has been a special bonanza for actors of Indian extraction, who seem to be the default “lovers of color” that casting agents use when they have decided that another African-American-White mixed race couple would be boring.
I really don’t care if Hollywood and Madison Avenue want to create their own fantasy U.S. and madly virtue-signal at the same time, except that I don’t like having my arm twisted, metaphorically or for real. I would happily volunteer to be permanently dyed whatever generic color was decided upon if we could just stop all the posturing, excuse-making and drama over race; the sooner everyone is the same shade the better say I. It is, however, not the job of entertainers and ad execs to shove diversity down our throats., and that’s exactly what’s happening.
Right now, the situation is literally laughable. When we are watching a recent production in which a white character is about to introduce his or her significant other, my wife and I try to guess whether the Mystery Friend will be black, Asian, Hispanic. Indian, or just some kind of unidentifiable non-white. If a white actor shows up, our first thought is, “oh-oh, something’s wrong with this pair.”
The clear message being sold is that if you aren’t part of a mixed race couple, then you’re a racist.
That message is not fair or true.
There are also obnoxious double standards involved. We were watching Tyler Perry’s “A Fall From Grace,” released this year. Perry, as you know, is the king of black audience entertainment on stage, screen and TV. He’s like a black Aaron Spelling. In this film, about a criminal defense firm, there are only black couples. The black characters only have black friends. Perry plays the head of the firm, and the only white employee we saw brought him coffee after he bullied her. The other whites we saw were in board room full of old white executives who fired the film’s protagonist.
To say the film’s portrayal of whites embodied negative stereotypes doesn’t come close to describing it. An equivalent portrayal of blacks would show them dressing like pimps and break-dancing while eating fried chicken with one hand and dribbling a basketball with the other.
So the idea, apparently, is to demonize whites unless they make up a component of a diverse relationship. In another recent film, Amazon’s horror re-make of “Fantasy Island,” we had Eurasian model Maggie Q as a mixed race protagonist who marries a black husband, Mexican-American actor Michael Peña as (a lame) “Mr. Roarke,” who is married to an African-American woman; two brothers, one of whom was Chinese-American (and gay) while the other one was straight and white (don’t ask), and the two villains of the piece (not counting the killer zombie/robot things) who were both blonde, white, female sociopaths. Diversity!
Now, I’ve enjoyed the performances of many of the non-white actors who have been paraded across my vision, and I am glad they are getting work.I have always been a supporter of non-traditional casting because it often allows for old material to take on new meaning and flavor. However, when non-traditional casting becomes mandatory, automatic and routine, it also becomes boring and distracting.
I think we can deal with our race problems without being subjected to attempted brainwashing by the would-be social architects of Hollywood, who are so steeped in their own biases and double standards that letting them re-design our culture is like letting Stevey Wonder touch up the Mona Lisa.