Pilots 2015 : The Year Of Ethnic Casting Essay

1001 Words Oct 11th, 2015 null Page
In Deadline 's online magazine, the article first titled “ Pilots 2015: The Year of Ethnic Casting – About Time or Too Much of a Good Thing” but later edited to “Pilots 2015: The Year of Ethnic Casting” written on March 24, 2015 by Nellie Andreeva, expresses a concern for the growing number of African American representation on televison. Andreeva suggests that the entertainment industry may be reaching a point where they will have to restrict the number of African American shows they air or African-American actors they cast due to “too much” representation. Throughout her editorial, she neglects to properly analyze the demand for this representation and the role it should play in the entertainment industry, while also demonstrating non-progressive views by making segregated points, and undermining the need for racial quotas and affirmative action.
The author obviously acknowledges that the demand for more African American actors and shows does exist, yet she believes there are “too many” of these. Putting her segregationist charged comments aside, she ignores the implications of responding to a growing desire to see cultural familiarity on television from an economics point of view. Television companies have recognized the demand, so in the interest of maximizing their profits and eliminating deadweight loss of unsatisfied viewers, they respond by giving the people what the people want- despite skin color. Furthermore, if African American producers, writers, and actors work…

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