Media misrepresents minorities



Viola Davis poses backstage at the 67th Emmy Awards. Playing the lead role of “How to Get Away with Murder,” Davis became the first African-American actress to win an Emmy for best actress in a drama. Davis delivered a powerful speech about opportunities for black women in the film industry. (refer to link above)

Adhiti Chundur, Beat Editor

Ethnic and racial minority representation in media is lacking, problematic, and stereotypical.
Shows that take place in insanely diverse cities like New York show a disproportionate number of minorities.
Television still portrays Asian Americans as school-oriented nerds- and nothing else. This sole stereotype defines their character and serves as a comedic element. (See: “The Big Bang Theory,” “Phineas and Ferb”)
Whitewashing- or the erasure of minority characters in film- is another prevalent problem in the media. In movies like “Aloha,” Actor Emma Stone was cast to play Allison Ng, the main character. Ng originally was multiracial- with Hawaiian and Asian heritage.
“Exodus: Gods and Kings” also sparked a whitewashing controversy. Historically, the main individuals from the story were of middle-eastern descent. However, a white actor played nearly every major role in the movie.
A 2010 census shows that the Asian and Hispanic population in the U.S. increased by 43 percent, and as a growing and diversifying country, the U.S. can tackle stereotypes and provide positive and relatable characters for minorities.
However, 2015 has started to embrace minority lead castings. Shows such as “Master of None,” “Scandal,” “Fresh Off the Boat,” “How to Get Away With Murder,” and “Jane the Virgin” all of which showcase minorities.
Minorities still have a long way to go, but representation in media is slowly improving.