In light of what is going on in America in 2020, we could all take a step back and remember lessons taught to us by the integration of the Peanuts gang. It began with Harriet Glickman, who was an African American school teacher. She died in March of this past year. GLickman contacted Charles Shultz in 1968 after the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. because she was concerned with race relations in the United States. She expressed her concern that there were no African American children in the Charlie Brown cartoons and in that same year Shultz introduced a little black boy named Franklin to his cast of characters.
The implementation of minorities is a more recent alteration in the media industry. Visible minorities such as those who belong to ethnic, racial, or sexual orientation groups have only made an appearance in mainstream media during the 20th century and were excluded prior to that time. From the mid 20th century to the present 21st century we have seen more faces of minorities thus increasing the overall diversity in media. Although the standard of diversity has increased over time, the execution of inserting minorities, specifically into television, has continued to be perforated with stereotypes and has condemned minorities to token roles. The current expectation of Western television is that it includes people from a variety of backgrounds, and to expand the stories being told so that everyone can relate to them. However, in the process of trying to achieve this, what often happens is that diversity is prioritised above inclusivity, which generates elements of tokenism and promotes negative stereotypes.
The story so far: My new novel in progress, Playing Zorro, centres around how the "masked man" is the perfect story for the queer community to relate to, and how the queer community are the perfect people to bring every side of the story to life. (As always, here and everywhere in my work, the word Queer is no slur, but a badge of Pride). This blog is about my progress, so that you can join me on the journey, critique my technique, and I can work your reactions into its creation.
Music has been an integral part of the success of most Disney films. Pinocchio wouldn't have been much of a movie if Geppetto had never wished upon a star, and the Pride Lands may still be under Scar's rule if Simba and Nala hadn't felt the love one night.
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