“Channel 4 is to hold a ‘black takeover day’ to ‘kickstart a fresh push for greater on and off-screen representation’. The day, to be held next year, will see flagship programmes such as Celebrity Gogglebox, Countdown and Hollyoaks all presented by and starring black talent.”
This has stimulated freakouts from two of the most deliberately obnoxious guys on the (largely tumbleweed, 99.9% white) Countdown forum, as well as this Tory kid who started posting hilarious pro-Tory stuff on the forum when he was 12 and whose powers of persuasion have barely developed in the following decade.
Ignoring the reactionary takes on it though - is this a good thing? Is it an empty gesture or facade? If so, what do you think would be better steps/ways to improve?
When I was doing marketing for the unofficial Countdown tournaments, I noticed there’s basically no black players - and came to the conclusion that, based on the very very few black players who DID attend events coming to one tournament and never returning, they felt really conspicuous. (I never knew what to do to try and make non-white players feel welcome apart from putting some group photos where not everyone was white up on the front page.) There was also an uber-talented black player who didn’t go on the show because he didn’t want to be ‘the black octochamp’ and stick out like a sore thumb. so I feel like even if it’s slightly empty representation - although I’m not sure it is, but I can see that being a progressive argument levelled against it? - that’s still not a bad thing as it makes these very white spaces accessible to black players?
I haven’t seen anything about it on my timeline so pls do share any interesting viewpoints (esp from black posters) you’ve seen elsewhere about this. Would be cool to hear ideas generally for making white spaces more accessible and comfortable for people of colour, as this might be a bit more applicable to everyday for posters on DiS who are involved in communities/groups.