You’re missing exactly what I’m saying. In fact, your second statement…
…agrees with my previous statement…
My complaint isn’t whether it’s led by a black or gay woman. What irks me is that the emphasis of the article is about it being a black person or a gay person. Wouldn’t the sum of the person be more than their sexuality or what they look like?
Instead of putting “Gay comic hero Batwoman gets TV series,” why not just say “Batwoman gets TV series” and the in the article they can talk about her being gay as much as they want? Why not put “‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Series Reboot In Works” and then mention that the lead character is Black in the story?
Why does the sexual identity or the race/ethnicity of a character BECOME the story?
What I absolutely hate is when people throw in “the black guy” or “the gay girl” or whatever into a show simply to meet the status quo and their sole purpose is to be the black character or the gay character, instead of actually developing the character themselves. You don’t need a token character to fill out some checklist. Make a good character A GOOD CHARACTER, and I’m happy with 100% of them being gay or black.
But the emphasis of a TV show should not be pandering to what the sexuality of a character is or the color of a character is unless the show itself is about that character’s sexuality or the color of that character. And, last I knew, Batwoman was about Batwoman and Buffy the Vampire Slayers was about vampire slaying.
I’m the kind of person who looks at other people are people. Not for their complexion or who the kind of person they’d like to be in a relationship with. I look at people as PEOPLE.
I apologize for not remembering the name of the film, but a few years ago there was a movie that came out with a mostly black cast and it was followed by a number of articles stating “Black Comedy, Surprise hit at Box Office!” and myself, along with several of my black friends, wondered why they had to go out of their way to emphasize “black comedy” in the headline. Isn’t comedy universal? Why does it matter what color something is to be funny? Is there a different class system for comedy based on race or ethnicity? If it is funny, wouldn’t everyone find it funny? But, yet, you had 100 places all referring to it as a “black comedy.” Last I checked, no one referred to anything as a “white comedy.” So why do people feel the need to segregate “black comedy” from everything else? Even worse, was the idea that a comedy featuring mostly black actors had to be considered a “surprise” amongst Hollywood. Do so many people in the industry think so lowly of films that one with a predominantly black cast actually succeeding would be a “surprise” to everyone?
As a gay man, do you want to be known as “the gay man,” or would you rather want to be known as a “thoughtful, insightful, caring person who just happens to be gay.” Personally, I respect you too much to consider you as the former. But only you know which you would prefer people thinking of you as.
And you don’t need to respond if you don’t want to, nor to you need to justify your reasons to me as to why.