I’ll be honest I had a completely different blog post in mind for today, but It really didn’t feel right posting it when this has been on my mind for a long time. Today ABC announced the first Black Bachelor the franchise has ever seen. His name is Matt James and you can click here to read more about him. I for one am SO excited, he’s cute from what I’ve seen he has a great personality and he’s best friends with Tyler Cameron. For many of us, this is totally bazaar, for my fellow Bachelor and Bachelorette fans out there, we know that this is something that should have never been something that we had to call out, this should have never been something that had to be said over the 25 seasons of the show – but here we are. It’s 2020 and the first BIPOC Bachelor has been announced. That’s fucked up.
For anyone who doesn’t know I work in the Film and Television Industry in Toronto, Canada. I work on the production team of various TV shows, and as a talent coordinator for various Live Music Events, and concert specials. I love my job. I love being able to create content, to be able to influence people’s lives. My industry is 90% white. I’ve sat at tables where myself and a close friend are the ones holding down the minority card for the whole company. I’ve felt over looked for jobs, and when I do get the jobs I want I feel like I’ve fought a hard fight just to be considered. The worst part was I didn’t realize that I was doing this until recently. I never let myself make race an excuse. I actively made sure that I never jumped to that conclusion when I wasn’t given a job, or when I was asked to be in promotional videos to meet the quota.
Working in one of the most influential industries in the world it’s hard to continue to ignore the problem at hand, especially how amplified that voice is now. It’s hard to over look the fact that anytime I watch a show, there is almost always a white lead, a signature black character and 85% of the time never any other POC other than an asian. What about the South Asians? What about the Middle Eastern folks? What about different cultures and backgrounds that are not represented? What about them? We are a generation that consumes, consumes and consumes. I remember reading once some actually INSANE fact – that on an average day Americans consume 11 hours of content. ELEVEN HOURS!! That’s a lot for your brain to take in. That’s your entire day. & what are you consuming, look at the content that we are putting out, are you proud of that? Do you stand by what you see? This is so important. Not just as a content creator but as a consumer, you have a say in what you see. We need to do better.
We need to tell more stories that attract wider audiences. The copout excuse of “people not being ready” isn’t cutting it anymore. We have always been ready.
We need to stop making content (that we think) is the only thing that sells. Anything sells, you just need to have a solid pitch.
We need to do better not only in front of the camera but behind it as well. We need BIPOC’s in positions of power and pushing for change leading story creators and executive producers.
We need to do this to better our future.
What are your thoughts on this? Do you think that the media needs to be doing a better job at portraying relatable stories for all?
I hope you are all having a good week and looking forward to the weekend ahead. Sending you all love and light as always.