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BY DI READERS | JANUARY 27, 2014 5:00 AM

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Re: Awards season not inclusive

You do realize that Sasheer Zamata was hired by “Saturday Night Live” specifically because people were bitching about the lack of diversity? She should feel insulted; she’s way too talented and could have made it onto “Saturday Night Live{ on her own, but now will likely always be considered a “token” cast member thanks to liberals framing the issue.

While we’re on the topic of diversity, has white guilt so permeated U.S. culture that we now can no longer recognize any other under-represented groups besides African Americans? Whether we’re talking about Congress or a TV show, no one ever says we need more single-mom characters, or HIV-positive congresswomen, or Native American, or Asian anything. They use the word “diverse,” yet when you question them for more details, all they ever seem to mean is more African-Americans. There’s something classically ironic that “diversity” today seems to refer to exactly one race.

Or how about the recent liberal argument against the HBO show “Girls.” A gal makes a show about her life growing up, and people say there’s not enough diversity. So you want her to make up stuff about her life just so you can see “diversity” on screen? Can I make the same complaint about “Precious” because there weren’t enough Indian-Americans in it, even though the story had absolutely nothing to do with Indian-Americans? People have too much time on their hands.

Online user clarkshorneau

People who are eager to maintain the status quo are very quick to jump on the “but diversity isn’t realistic” argument.

There is no valid excuse for the continued lack of diversity (and abounding cultural appropriation) in the media. “White guilt” is a useless emotion, and the only time it’s ever employed in speech is when privileged individuals are eager to mock recognition of privilege. Hollywood and the rest of American media are horribly behind on equality and it causes real ramifications in citizens’ daily lives.

Chelsea Bacon

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