Entertainment June 20, 2018
It's still a problem.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt fans, rejoice! Another season of the Netflix show is back, but all good things must come to an end. This is the final season of the hilariously, usually lighthearted comedy show.
On May 30, part one of the final season released on Netflix and put fans one step closer to the end.
But, here’s what I wish had come to an end a lot sooner: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s diversity problem. Specifically, the lack of women of color holding the lead roles in this show.
In all four seasons, we have yet to see a woman of color who is vital to the storyline. We’ve seen Asian-Americans and Native-Americans portrayed in past seasons but never in a good light.
I mean, come on, you have a white woman playing a Native-American whose pretending to be white. What’s up with that?
The Asian-Americans’ portrayal for standing up against cultural appropriation was near-evil. Personally, I thought they were making valid points. It’s never okay to use someone’s culture, even if you think you’re being respectful.
And let us not forget Titus Andromedon’s wife, Vonda Brooks. Vonda is shown as a cruel “angry black woman” and is honestly a troupe I am 100 percent tired of hearing.
As a black woman, it would have been really nice to see someone other than Titus Andromedon calling out all of the inappropriate “white” behaviors Kimmy and friends partake in. But, instead, they let Titus play both roles of being black and, quite frankly, feminine.
In my opinion, that’s not enough black femininity for one show.
Besides the specific characters I find problematic, what bothers me a lot is Tina Fey telling David Letterman on My Next Guest Needs No Introduction that diversity is better for writing rooms.
I feel like the more diverse the room, in every way, smoother sailing. People behave themselves better, the cream will rise differently.”
But Tina, if we could have a little personal moment, I’d like to ask you a question. Does this same thinking not apply to the characters on your show? Does a diverse cast not keep things “smooth sailing?”
Women of color have stories to be told because they play an integral role in the world. We should have been represented from the start of this show and because we weren’t, it makes the end of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt disappointing.
Also, did anyone think it was weird that the show took place in New York City, yet we barely saw any women of color? From what I know about the Big Apple (season 4 reference), it’s the definition of a melting pot of people.
Although I had several issues with this show, I have a lot of love for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. I’ve laughed really hard and I’ve also felt a lot of what I call, secondhand embarrassment.
So, despite Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt diversity problem, I’ve already watched the first part of season 4 and I’ll watch it to the end when the second part comes out.
Then, give the sweet goodbye it deserves.
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