Last month, I went to an AV Club-sponsored CBB show and when I saw that 99% of the crowd was white, I whispered to Molly “This is like being IN an avclub comments section” Anyway, I thought of that earlier when I was reading the review of last night’s The Leftovers and so many white men are furious that a brown person spends a few paragraphs talking about how white this show is.
"But the show is set in a place where the POC population is apt to be low. It’s being realistic."
A bunch of people liked that comment and repeated the sentiment in their own comments and it’s something I hear every time someone brings up that a show is too white. But no one asks why we need another show set in a place where the POC population is ~apt to be low~. I’ve heard that about Game of Thrones too which is set in Westeros. But the showrunners are just being realistic?
I watch some mostly-white shows like GoT, The Leftovers, True Blood, Mad Men, Halt and Catch Fire, Veep, True Detective, The Good Wife, Fargo, It’s Always Sunny, The Walking Dead, etc. but I have to either actively stop thinking about how white the show is so that I can enjoy it, or the show is so engaging that I don’t think about it. But the thought never really leaves my mind and I don’t stop wishing for more representation on TV.
When Sonia Saraiya links to the review on her twitter and says “it made a bunch of white men mad which is a huge endorsement tbh”, a white man replies “isn’t it a generalisation to say that it only made white men mad?”. It comes full circle.
The first time was back when I was college and I organized a Tompkins 300 event in New Orleans.
Since then I’ve seen him literally oodles of times and he’s always very nice. I think you can tell this from his podcast appearances, but Mr. Tompkins engages in every conversation with the desire to have a nice, pleasant time. He asks follow-up questions and laughs and makes jokes. I’ve yet to meet anyone with a “PFT was a real asshole to me” story. Through every interaction we’ve had, including the tiniest Earwolf transactions to sharing “the stage” with him in the musical episode of CBB, he’s proven himself as one of the most consistently generous and polite guys I’ve ever worked with.
This is more than you asked, but I feel like all yall nerds should know what a solid dude he is to little-insignificant me.