Ghosts

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Dave Dodd

  • Wednesday 13th October 2021, 10:43am
  • United Kingdom
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Just a teaser on YouTube for the American remake of ghosts oh dear it does not look good

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chipolata

  • Wednesday 13th October 2021, 11:37am
  • England
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I wonder if Americans will get as angry about the show having black people in as BCG forum members did.

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Aaron

  • Wednesday 13th October 2021, 9:09pm
  • Royal Berkshire, England
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Quote: chipolata @ 13th October 2021, 11:37 AM

I wonder if Americans will get as angry about the show having black people in as BCG forum members did.

Well it seems unlikely, as America's national history is a lot more entwined with large populations of black people than Britain's...

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chipolata

  • Thursday 14th October 2021, 10:02am
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If you're watching a sitcom about ghosts realism really isn't a factor. Although if it was, you could still have black people in the British version as black people were here from at least since the existence of the British empire in the 17th and 18th century, and probably were here in smaller numbers since the 11th or 12th century.

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Aaron

  • Thursday 14th October 2021, 11:07am
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Yes, and long before that. But in such small numbers the likelihood of any of them having any kind of prominence, or of being the few who remain as ghosts, and trapped at a specific historic property, is vanishingly small.

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chipolata

  • Thursday 14th October 2021, 11:45am
  • England
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Laughing out loud

Yes, but it's a sitcom about ghosts! Realism goes out the window! (But there definitely were black people back then and they could be ghosts).

And if a show wants to reflect diversity now and appeal to a wider demographic by featuring more non-white characters, so what? I mean it's not exactly like there's a shortage of shows to watch if you're gagging to see white men.

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Aaron

  • Friday 15th October 2021, 12:01am
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Quote: chipolata @ 14th October 2021, 11:45 AM

Yes, but it's a sitcom about ghosts! Realism goes out the window!

Does it though? It's not an entire fantasy world like Star Wars - it's rooted and set in a recognisable reality, and it's the juxtaposition of that against which the ghosts are both an interesting concept and derive chunks of the humour.

Personally I don't have a problem with Kitty, but it is very obvious to me why others would find her jarring, and it would be wildly lazy to say it's all simple racism.