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Heddi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-29-05 01:29 PM
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20. Well I suppose the same could be said for racial minorities
very few shows in the Prime Time lineup feature black families, or Asian families, or people with physical disabilities.

Does that mean that they're not in the 'demographic' being attended to? Of course they are. Black people shop at the stores advertised during commercials just as people with physical handicaps buy products advertised and showcased on different shows.

To say "the demographics aren't there" is, imo, a very convenient way to say "You're not important enough to be featured."

The demographics ARE there. The majority of people in this country AREN'T absurdly wealthy, absurdly beautiful, and lead absurdly perfect lives. But according to you, they must be, otherwise they'd be featured on television.

I suppose that no black people existed in America prior to Amos and Andy being shown on television, right? "The demographics aren't there," you say. Otherwise, had there been black people in America prior to the 1950's, we'd have seen them on television in starring roles and playing things other than porters or maids :eyes:

The choices out there make it very difficult for anyone to choose to see anything other than what is presented to us. As far as your attempt to be condesending (Write a show that's interesting,....), it's laughable at best. Surely, being someone who's written for the medium, you're quite aware that just having a good show with compelling characters isn't ALL that's needed to produce a widely distributed, prime-time television show, right? Or a non-independent, non-movie-house motion picture, right? But to you, oh! it's just as easy as picking up a pen, jotting a few characters, and voila! You've got a show that comes on 3x's a week, 9pm, and wins Emmy after Emmy.

I'm not sure why you're so quick to dismiss those of us who see inequality not just on television, but in movies, in music, in advertising, in reporting, in clothing, and try to bring these issues to the front burner. If these aren't issues you care about (which it seems to me, based on your posts, that you don't, or at least not to the level that others of us in this community do), then why do you care what WE think? Why are you so quick to always jump in and show us silly children the errors of our ways...that we should just accept the status-quo, accept that every image of a woman shown is one of unobtainable beauty, wealth, body type, and life?

Well I'm not going to accept it, and I find it quite telling that you are more than willing to.

Have you even READ the mission statement of this group?
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