Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Interracial Couples on TV

There is a TV show on right now that is taking the world by storm. Literally every single person who starts watching this show becomes addicted, and ironically enough there is a prominently featured interracial couple as two of the main characters. The show is a new school zombie apocalypse interpretation based off of the comic book series of the same name, “The Walking Dead”. The two main characters are Maggie, a small town, white, farmer's daughter from the country, and Glenn, a Korean American man from the city. During the hustle and bustle of the dawning apocalypse they found each other and became inseparable. The main thing to note is how normal this duo is cast. This just goes to show that interracial relationships as a whole have come such a long way in recent years.

Not only do the characters of Maggie and Glenn kiss on screen, have passionate love scenes, and more than hint at a physical romance between the two, but the whole thing is completely passive. Yes, they are a white woman and an Asian man in a relationship, but nothing is ever even really noted about it. They are simply a couple.

It is very refreshing to have a show so mainstream, so in the public eye feature a couple like this. Most of the relationships on those types of public shows have been almost entirely based in the idea of white couples, or at the largest stretch a black couple. It is very rare to see to different races play such a starring role. The changing times only become further represented by television shows and media. There have been a few of these blog posts lately relating to the ideas portrayed in media on and with interracial couples. It is all connected to show how what is going on in the world always relates back to what is being shown in the media. Just as social trends follow and fade through style and art, the views on relationships are shown through media.

As interracial dating has only become more and more relevant in recent times, the prevalence of the mention of it and the representation of it in media has exploded. Movie stars are in interracial relationships, tv couples are involved with other races and it is no longer even really something out of the ordinary. If you're attracted to people of another race it is normal and perfectly fine to pursue. It is amazing that the world of media accepts this and allows it to be uncensored now.

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