Hey, this show needs some reason for peeps like us to write about it, so it looks like they’re going for the gold:
So How Come The Black Guy On ‘Teen Wolf’ Doesn’t Have A ‘Life?’ – by Sergio
Another day, another controversy.
And today’s controversy revolves around the popular MTV show, Teen Wolf (which I asusume is not like that 1985 movie with Michael J. Fox) and its creator and executive producer, Jeff Davis.
It seems that Davis likes to think of himself as an enlightened, open-minded kind of guy, free of any prejudices. In a recent on-line interview, he said, regarding his show, that: “I’m trying to create a world where there’s no racism, there’s no sexism, there’s no homophobia. And I know it’s not real life, but I kind of don’t care. I’d like to create a world where none of that matters: you have the supernatural creatures for that to work as an analogy. In my mind, if you can create a world like that on TV, maybe life starts to imitate it.”
O.K. sounds great. If everyone thought like Davis does, what a wonderful world this would be.
Well it would, except that, as soon as this quote got around, people took to the internet, calling out Davis on his B.S., in particular, with regards to Boyd, the black character played by Sinqua Walls on the show.
Turns out that Boyd is the least defined, most one-dimensional person on the entire show. He’s your basic token black guy, with no personality, no back-story or life, unlike the other major characters on the show.
One person went into even more detail, and wrote on his blog that: “Boyd has no family, no story, no background, no home, and when he even makes his brief cameos in the show, he’s usually somebody’s backup or lackey. He has no human complexity, and his one moment of individuality comes when he says he wants to be like Scott (i.e. the lead character on Teen Wolf). Which is then promptly ignored and never covered again. Erica gets a storyline. Isaac gets a storyline. Matt the photographer gets a storyline. So where’s Boyd’s?”
There’s more on the site we’ve linked to, and it makes Jeff Davis look pretty bad. But then the story ends with this:
But the real issue is, does this really matter? Do you really care about Boyd on Teen Wolf, or any other similar characters on other shows? Is this really much ado about nothing, after all?
To which we call “Bullshit.” If you think this is about nothing, Sergio, then why even file this report?
Unless…unless this whole thing is nothing but a P.R. attempt to grab attention, and you’re part of it. After all, your blog is part of IndieWire.Com, which is all about P.R., no?
And, yes, we believe that bringing that to the public’s attention is very worthwhile indeed. (Excuse us while we slap each other on the back and wait for a response.)