Want to know why Walt Disney Television has no more ‘white family’ stories in their shows? Find out the real deal with this network with so-called ‘diversity’ in TV.
On Thursday, April 13, The Daily Wire reported about Walt Disney Television chairman of entertainment Dana Walden and her decision-making towards which scripts to showcase in the network. The report reveals that Walden once denied a script, that is ‘well-written,’ due to the reason that it’s too white for their audiences. What does this mean?
Race diversity in TV
For over decades now, racism has been a part of everyone’s lives. Luckily, this pressing issue now has more people supporting it than denying its existence. You don’t just see it in people’s daily life, but even in the national television where every Americans can watch and understand.
Meanwhile, persons of color have also been nominated for different prestigious award bodies now than before. Even their presence in movies or small screen is also more evident. Thanks to people like Walt Disney Television’s chairman of entertainment Dana Walden, the future of television seems more vivid for them.
Dana Walden refuses to go ‘all-white’
As said, tons of people in the cinema or television are now more drawn in casting persons of color than the traditional white people in the set. Walden is one of the people like these.
In a report from The Daily Wire, she revealed that ABC already rejected several ‘well-written’ scripts because of the idea of it being too “white.” Walden said that all-white family genre and stories are no longer their audiences preferred cup-of-tea.
“I will tell you for the first time we received some incredibly well-written scripts that did not satisfy our standards in terms of inclusion, and we passed on them,” Walden told Women in Focus panel moderator Janice Min.
“Pass,” she added. “That’s not going to get on the air anymore because that’s not what our audience wants. That’s not a reflection of our audience, and I feel good about the direction we’re moving.”
New ‘diversity’ guidelines for ABC TV
Walden’s reaction against white family scripts can be traced back to ABC’s so-called ‘inclusion standards’ with their shows. It says there that “at least a 50 percent increase in recurring characters should be played by actors from underrepresented groups.”
“These new guidelines are intended to make our content and our sets as inclusive as possible, and will serve as a further catalyst for real and sustained change,” read a memo from Simran Sethi, exec vp of development and content strategy. “We want to take this moment to evaluate systems and habits in an effort to remove barriers to access and opportunity. It’s important for us to look around the room, see who’s not there, and then take the steps to not only bring them in, but also set them up for success.”
No other details on the said ‘white family’ script that was rejected by ABC, was revealed. What do you think of these new ‘diversity guidelines’ of ABC TV?