Bymarcus mcmillon, writer at Creators.co
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Fear the Walking Dead
Fear the Walking Dead

The Walking Dead is one of my favourite shows. I love the Zombie genre and the stories that go with it. No matter what format, whether it's a feature movie or a mini series, i simply love zombies.

So when the Walking Dead came out I was hooked! I already invested so much emotion due to reading the comics before. However, i loved the mini series because it does not shy away from obviously the gore but also real social issues that people can portray. If you look at it this way, Merle was an open racist. Carols husband was a wife beater. Infact people are just sick.

But another aspect of why I love the show is due to its social realism. From the very start Rick was from Atlanta. Since Atlanta is diverse there was a multicultural cast. A cast that involved all races from the get go.

Walking Dead cast.
Walking Dead cast.

This has been a trend from the start and is continuing. This is why I applaud the writers of the Walking Dead. It is a realistic view on reality. Having black actors appearing in the Walking Dead is not just a PC stunt but a accurate one. Considering where it all started (in Atlanta) with a large black population you would expect ethnic representation.

Morgan from the Walking Dead.
Morgan from the Walking Dead.
Tyreese from the Walking Dead.
Tyreese from the Walking Dead.
Noah who was close to Beth was a great character in the Walking Dead.
Noah who was close to Beth was a great character in the Walking Dead.

So we now have the Walking Dead spinoff... Fear the Walking Dead. A prequel set in L.A. Now I was equally excited about this show (still am). However, i am slightly concerned with the casting. The casting seems to be false in demographic terms.

Fear the Walking Dead cast. Where is the ethnic cast?
Fear the Walking Dead cast. Where is the ethnic cast?

Since Fear is set in L.A, a place that has a very large black and hispanic population. You would think that either would be properly represented. This reminds me of the "racial quota" regime. Basically you can not have to many ethnic cast members....only the "Token" black guy. But Fear doesn't even have a main black cast member which I find ludicrous especially where it's set.

Fear the Walking Dead's lack of ethnic diversity is very discouraging.
Fear the Walking Dead's lack of ethnic diversity is very discouraging.

I hope that we see more mainstream ethnic actors in Fear. If not, then Fear creators are being very ignorant and naive to what true demographic population is today. But since the cast has been announced......not a great start.

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