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28 October 2013 @ 08:01 pm
That Old Chestnut  
I really want to support Damian Molony (aka Hal from Being Human) and his career. When I found out he'd be guest-starring in Ripper Street, I was pretty happy.

But I just watched the premiere episode of the 2nd series of this show (he wasn't in it yet, he'll appear in episode 2) and it was AWFUL. It managed to combine all the questionable race-related problems of Sherlock's "The Blind Banker" with all the sexist problems of "A Scandal in Belgravia." The premiere, in short, was a complete fail for me and managed to push every button I can't stand when it comes to things like this. And now I'm trying to figure out if I'm willing to watch one more episode to give it a fair chance or just walk. I'll probably go with the former but this show better step it up from its stories about exotic Asian prostitutes/drug dealers and the White men who abuse them. Seriously.
 
 
 
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on October 29th, 2013 02:06 am (UTC)
Oh, ick! I never made it past about five minutes into the first episode of Ripper Street, but I know you were semi-enjoying it. I know it's not great anywhere, but do you find Asians get more stereotypical treatment in British shows? I've just noticed that they are very underrepresented on UK telly in general, and seem to be there solely for, like, rescue or to be backwards? I see a lot of Afro-Carribean people and South Asian people on telly, but East Asians seem almost non-existent.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on October 29th, 2013 02:48 am (UTC)
but do you find Asians get more stereotypical treatment in British shows?

I do. And I wonder if it's because there, I believe, is less immigration of East Asians to Britain than say, South Asians and Afro-Carribeans. It's rather disheartening that of the very few representations East Asians get, most of it tend to sway toward stereotypes.

I'm sort of hoping as time goes on this will change. The US wasn't so great in this area either but has gotten a lot more inclusive and non-stereotypical with characters like Joan Watson and Glenn Rhee from The Walking Dead being stand outs.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on October 29th, 2013 03:06 am (UTC)
believe, is less immigration of East Asians to Britain than say, South Asians and Afro-Carribeans.

Yeah, I was thinking that myself, though there there does seem to be a largish Chinese population, according to research I did for a recent story. Perhaps it's a relatively new influx. I also leaned that Ireland has a quite small population of Jewish people, but that they have been comparatively more welcome there in history than they have been in other places. Facts!

I'm sort of hoping as time goes on this will change. The US wasn't so great in this area either but has gotten a lot more inclusive and non-stereotypical with characters like Joan Watson and Glenn Rhee from The Walking Dead being stand outs.

This is very good. I think we're starting, slowly, to see more racially diverse shows in general. Or least shows that have non-White characters who have more to their characters than being non-White.
aelfgyfu_mead: Being Human Alex Hal Tomaelfgyfu_mead on October 30th, 2013 01:49 am (UTC)
Ugh! I had thought of giving it a try, but now I'm really turned off.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on October 30th, 2013 02:39 am (UTC)
I will undoubtedly give episode 2 a viewing and give it one last try. But yeah, the show's on thin ice.
Dusty: SPN. Rainy Daysdustlines on October 30th, 2013 04:17 am (UTC)
Nooooo, not Hal. This is the opposite of what I want from his current-day acting. D:
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on November 1st, 2013 08:21 pm (UTC)
I knoooooowww!!! But perhaps he'll be good even if the material remains bad. However, this is the case, I doubt I'll keep watching. Sorry, Hal (Damian Molony). I like you but not much.