I thought the US was a lot more “racially aware” than the UK. I’ve seen countless ads that always put BAME actors in blue-collars roles.
Why didn’t they put a white UBER driver and a black couple in the back? And for those who huff and puff that Art must mirror Life; art never imitates life, have you ever seen an ugly actor? Actors and actresses are order of magnitudes better looking than the rest of the population; it’s a stylised representation of what we want life to be.
In this M&S ad of all the people it’s the black woman who is the tube announcer (the rest are pretty middle class).
I’m not asking for positive discrimination but a little racial sensitivity would go a long way. It’s very obvious that it’s “woke white people” who are making these ads and then completely oblivious to the stakes.
Finally since I’ve been a High Tory all week and my Social Justice Ghazi avatar is kicking & screaming.
"Not a cute fashion accessory": Gucci’s $800 "Indy Full Turban" draws backlash https://t.co/JPsu66r4u9
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 16, 2019
As an aside last night’s seminar, Rethinking Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan, invited over 25 questions (my battery went to 1% so I only capture 5-10). My question was the only one she couldn’t answer and it was a fairly simply one about the linguistic split between the Afghan refugees in Pakistan and Iran and whether that would have had ramifications. I was probably one of a handful of Brown people in the seminar.
My point being is that *diversity* is a much abused and tired word but there is merit in having different voices in the room speak up.