Interracial dating television
That’s not challenging the status quo; that’s reinforcing it.
is validating a point of view that white partners are more desirable.Steve welcomes TANESHIA, who says she’s thinking about taking the plunge into an interracial relationship.She is African American and has never dated outside of her race.Kaling, the creator/writer/star of The onus is not necessarily on minority showrunners to change our views on who makes a viable romantic partner.But a preference for white lovers is not the same as wanting a partner who likes hiking or has tattoos. That means the math equation looks something like this: If Hollywood=White, and Hollywood=Hot, then White=Hot.” The media promotes images of white people as the most desirable, whether it’s due to physical attributes or other qualities.The show’s creators have been engaging with this and other discussions surrounding race that their show has generated.
In a Twitter conversation with Vulture’s Ira Madison III about Dev’s white love interests, Popular culture really can affect human behavior.
Steve sets Taneshia up on two dates outside of her race, one with a Greek man and one with a Korean man.
was released on Netflix Friday, and from buying Plan B and apple juice with a one-night stand to doing a Skype interview in a public coffee shop, the show captures Millennial concerns in a thoughtful, non-condescending way.
As Dev says in the “Indians on TV” episode of began, it functioned as a rom-com, with Mindy Lahiri (Mindy Kaling) actively choosing and dating multiple partners (one character, Danny Castellano, was singled out as her soulmate in the pilot).
In the show’s early days, her romantic life became the subject of conversation as she went on date after date, exclusively with white men.
To take one of the most obvious and simple examples, consider Hollywood, which is notoriously white. When viewers pointed out the absence of non-white love interests on Twitter, Ansari directed them to the Asian woman Dev dates in episode four, “The Other Woman.” Said date is a nameless East Asian woman who the show doesn’t take seriously as a romantic partner, speaks about two lines, and only goes out with Dev for the free food. Wells is of Hispanic and Tunisian descent, but her character is presented as white.