Cinderella arrives at the ball.
this movie was so important
we had black cinderella, a black fairy godmother, and a filipino prince
like yoOOOOO THIS WAS ‘97 AND PEOPLE ARE SHITTING OVER A CHEERIOS COMMERCIAL TODAY LIKE Y000000
Victor Garber and Whoopi Goldberg parented an Asian prince. Like what more can you ask for?
Whitney Houston as the Fair Godmother… oh shit we got that too!
If you guys look back the 90’s was really good about representation tv execs were starting to wake up. Many movies and tv shows made sure they had characters of a number of ethnicities. Now what happened to that still remains a mystery to me.
Because racists are saying it’s racist to represent other races.
During the 90’s, new channels like Fox, UPN and WB began to pop up thanks to deregulation under the first George Bush. Cable channels started growing too. New channels wanted to build an audience and the best way to do that is to offer programs that appeal specifically to niche audiences. CBS, NBC and ABC in the decades prior had so little competition that for any show, the network would want to appeal to the “greatest number of people,” basically a bunch of old white dudes going “what does everyone like? I know! It’s what we like!” WB by the late 90’s focused on shows for young people, Fox in the early-mid 90’s had a lot of success marketing toward minorities with shows like In Living Color. UPN made a lot of programming designed to appeal to a black audience, but when they merged with The WB, the CW maintained the WB’s goal of appealing to a young audience. Fox isn’t a TV newcomer anymore, it’s pretty consistently top two with CBS. This means they’re willing to take fewer “risks.”
I mentioned that CBS was also a network leader and you young tumblrites are probably thinking “do that many people really watch Elementary?” In the last decade, DVRs and internet video has carved a chunk out of primetime viewership. (It’s really a kind of cool thing for TV and I think it’s influenced content heavily and oh god Orange is the New Black is so good) Networks still make their money from the commercials people watch on their network, so even though some shows can gain huge audiences or critical acclaim, if people aren’t watching them every Thursday at 9, the network isn’t going to make as much money as it would if they were. CBS mostly appeals to old people. They’ve got NCIS and Two and a Half Men and the only person I know who watches either of those is my dad. The internet and DVRs and more cable competition have networks’ numbers way down and that scares them into going after their old friends, the old white people for whom they know how to program.