Post by Big Mongo
It's more of the "awoke" generation's political correction bullshit and a hallmark of bad/cliched and
sloppy writing. Run out of ideas in the last 20 minutes of a program? Easy, just introduce Alexander's
gay love interest into the plot. Throw the audience an improbable and illogical curveball plot twist to pad
out the hour and take home a big check. Nobody buying your soap? Create a commercial with a salt and
pepper couple and their children, or better yet their two gay dads happily going on about how it makes their
skivvies brighter and whiter. It's all part and parcel of a social adjustment agenda and them shoving it in
people's faces and that really doesn't work very well anymore.
How can you be so sure?
From the pages of a certain old memoir:
"As Brophy's First Law says, it is not the simple statement of facts that ushers in freedom; it is the constant repetition of them that has this liberating effect. Tolerance is the result not of enlightenment, but of boredom."
Besides, the younger generations have no memory of a TV world in which such happy couples didn't even exist. Only older generations remember when minority characters existed on TV and in the movies only to be degraded - for the sake of cheap laughs.
It reminds me of what Peter McWilliams wrote in his 1993 civil liberties book, "Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do."
"When writing for the media, it's easier to work in stereotypes than to create flesh-and-blood characters. Need a quick laugh? Throw in an effeminate gay. And make him a hairdresser. Sort of a transvestite. Ha ha. Need someone to die of a drug overdose? Make it a prostitute. Need to show someone completely down and out with no hope of redemption? What else? A drug addict. Using stereotypes is a form of shorthand communication: the screenwriter doesn't have to work; the audience doesn't have to think. Hollywood was VERY unhappy when social pressure demanded that blacks no longer automatically be portrayed as lazy and shiftless, women no longer be automatically weak and helpless, and Jews no longer shifty and conniving. The film and television industry now has a new set of shorthand - mostly involving consensual crimes - and it has no desire to lose it."
More on the book (this includes a link to the paperback edition - but it's better if you can find an actual paperback COPY; you'll see why):
Not to mention all the old movies and TV where there were no black people - because too many white viewers would have refused to watch, back then. They didn't want to be reminded that black people EXIST.
I believe the North Carolina-based "The Andy Griffith Show" is one example? (I doubt I ever sat through a whole episode, so I can't say for sure.)