From the moment we start down the road that leads us to think “diversity” should dictate the casts of movies and TV shows, we have already departed from common sense, entering a fantasy realm of political ideology that views everything through the warped lenses of “social justice.”
If I leave my residence and walk out onto the street where I live, the first language I hear someone speak is unlikely to be English. The first person with whom I cross paths on the sidewalk is unlikely to be a white man and, if I keep walking, I’m sure to run across people from many backgrounds who speak different languages and identify with different racial groups. When I go to work, it’s never the case that the people with whom I interact will be a racially homogenous group. When I go to a religious meeting, it is never racially homogenous, and LGBT people are typically present, because there definitely isn’t anything wrong with that. When I go out to eat with friends, it’s almost impossible for it to be with a monotone racial group.
What you call the warped lens of “social justice” I call reality. I live in America; diversity is omnipresent in my everyday life. Is my American experience really so out of the ordinary that a representation of it on television is a departure from common sense? Here is a dose of common sense for the racially unaware: only a show about four white people could bill itself as a show about nothing; through the warped lens of the entertainment industry’s cultural normative, a show about four black people would be a show about black people.
In fact, Seinfeld is a show about white people. Tim Burton’s movies are movies about white people. In his own words, “things either call for things, or they don’t,” and if your movie doesn’t call for anything but white people, then it’s a movie about white people. Tim Burton makes white movies. Burton and Seinfeld elected to largely exclude people of color from their products, I guess because those products “didn’t call for it,” and, as such, let’s be honest about what they’ve produced as being shows and movies about white people. I’m fine with white people making television and movies about white people, but let’s not pretend they’re about nothing or that they’re about everything; they’re about white people.
It is these shows and movies, then, that are set in a fantasy realm where everything is all white. The insult occurs when someone tries to tell me their monolithic whiteness is something other than that, and any judgment through the lens of diversity is only aimed at anyone who proposes that a white cultural normative legitimately is the default universal human experience, and we should just accept it as such. I don’t accept that, and, perhaps sheerly by coincidence, I also have no plans at this time to buy tickets to any upcoming Tim Burton movies.