In Awkward News: There Will Be A Black Person On Downton Abbey [Sugar Binge]

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It’s awkward news because it’s a little bit weird to report. Acknowledging that there will (finally?) be a Black person on Downton Abbey is also an admission of it’s overall Whiteness. Kind of like another show everyone loves, you know, Mad Men? I can’t help but question why everyone loves television shows that glamorize a time before there were equal rights and thereby have a good excuse for overwhelmingly excluding people of color. It’s not as if Black people didn’t exist or they weren’t around during the ’20s or ’60s, so why can’t they be central characters in these shows? I guess one is a start, right? According to The Sun, “Casting notes were sent out to actors’ agents earlier this month. They describe Ross as “Male, 25-30. A musician (singer) at an exclusive club in the ’20s. ‘He’s black and very handsome. A real man (not a boy) with charm and charisma.’” Well, there you go.

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