Don’t get me wrong, I love The Vampire Diaries, and I love True Blood, but there’s something going on here that not a whole lot of people are talking about. There is a lot of play on the minorities in both shows. I have a list actually, of weird little facts about the two shows. Spoiler Alerts, obviously!
- All the witches (male and female) in the Vampire Diaries are black, as mentioned by another author here.
- Lafayette, a gay and black fringe character in the Sookie Stackhouse series, who dies very soon in the series, becomes a point of major focus in True Blood.
- Tara, another black fringe character in the series, also becomes a major focus in True Blood.
- Gay political events occasionally pop up in the background and subplot of True Blood.
- Hotshot, a community of inbreeding shapeshifters, suddenly becomes a hotbed of illegal activity, and the center of the area’s meth trade, as opposed to the quiet reclusive community in the book.
- Jesus Velasquez, a Hispanic ‘witch’, is a non-entity as far as the books are concerned, also seems to be an additional minority addition.
Why the focus on minorities and gays? Not that the gays and minorities shouldn’t have focus, but I think for them to intentionally add more focus is a bit condescending. Do the producers think that black people as a whole will have hurt feelings if there are only a couple black characters in the show? If you ask me, what really sucks about the show is that the heavy Creole and Cajun southern accent found in Louisiana is very lacking. Also, why the huge focus on gays and gay rights? The whole ‘gay’ thing is a big high note, and yet, at the same time, the show demonizes consensual relationships between relatives. So, are they deciding for us which kinds of sexual liberty is more appropriate and acceptable? Or which amount of black people or Hispanic people or gay people, is acceptable?
The blacks and gays in the show are great characters; the actors fill their roles seamlessly, and I’m sure everyone has a great time. But I do believe there was some subconscious desire to make sure no one got ‘left out’. I think it insults the intelligence of the black community to say, “let’s add some more black people to the cast, we need black viewers to feel more confident”. The same with the Hispanic, and gay audience. As an inter-racially married, openly bisexual individual, I don’t find these character selections so much offensive, as I do a little tactless and over-the-top. Does it take away from my enjoyment of the show? Well, I wouldn’t know any better, if it did, so I can’t say. Overly PC show-writing though… well, it makes things corny, and less empathic for the audience. Especially since the whole vampire politics and segregation theme in the books and show is pretty much just one big PC statement about minorities and gays in the first place. Let’s keep it honest people, and if you have any answers to my questions, let me know in the comments.