I got a hypochondriac flow that get real ill, get nauseous to the beat, I spit sick at will.

Grappling with the Challenges of Race and Sexuality: ‘Skin Deep the Series’

I certainly hope this show gets produced…

…because there could be real power in a show that forthrightly addresses issues of race, sexuality, and masculinity in a way that forces us to rethink our assumptions and become aware of the contexts in which we live in the United States.

But this promotional video does give me pause because so much of the interaction between the characters is provocative in a way that doesn’t seem to reveal anything beyond the superficial. Obviously, it’s hard to tell anything from a 10-minute promotional video, but with dialogue like “take it” and “wrong color” and (apparently) cliche situations like bashings and thug fetishes this could be terribly exploitative, rather than progressive. There’s an illusion of depth here that suggests that the producers haven’t seriously considered who each of these men are.

Similarly, the additional promotional materials suggest that this show will be set in Atlanta, GA, but this presentation lacks a sense of place. This could be Any Diverse Coastal Town USA. The key then would be for the makers of this show to open up the world of these characters so we can understand where they come from and who they are. Right now – these are just archetypes.

For Skin Deep The Series to truly do what it seems to be setting out to do, it will have to really take seriously the realities and unique circumstances that produced each of these individuals. And that means being really honest rather than just provocative.


Posted by tlewisisdope on December 11th, 2012 :: Filed under Sexuality,Television
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2 Responses to “Grappling with the Challenges of Race and Sexuality: ‘Skin Deep the Series’”

  1. モンクレール ダウン
    January 9th, 2013

    First time Ive visited your blog good find! Thanks.

  2. tlewisisdope
    January 10th, 2013

    Thank you.

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