Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Ethnically "Diverse" Show

Ok, so it looks like FOX has tired of the constant criticism for its lack of diversity in its line-up of TV shows and cartoons. Not to worry, we will be getting a spin-off of the Family Guy, (which I have yet to view, not particularly my forte) to debut in 2009. It does feature an all star cast set to play the character's voices: Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long and Kevin Michael Richardson. However, the real debacle is the voice of the lead character: Cleveland Brown, whose voiced by a white actor. It will also feature what they consider to be a "colorblind role" which will feature Kevin Michael Richardson as a "redneck." Hmm...not sure where they are headed with all of this? Our only hope is that this particular satire doesn't miss the mark as the New Yorker did with Obama.....it's only funny when the underlying theme is understood as a whole by a majority of the people, not just a handful.


Brown Girl Gumbo said...

Hmm...interesting piece. I didn't know that the lead character would be voiced by a white person, that's kinda strange. Anyhoo, I will definitely check this new show out even though I have never watched one episode of the Family Guy.

Thanks for enlightening me!

browngirlspeak said...

The writers on the show are supposed to be quite funny, and the cast has star power behind it, so I'm anxious to see what happens with it :)