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I’m Tired of White Dudes Being the Focus on Family Sitcoms

I'm Tired of White Dudes Being the Focus in So Many TV Shows & Movies. What About Women & Moms?

Why do we need another show that focuses on a white guy in his 30s? “Alex, Inc” is a new show that stars Zach Braff as the main character who, as the IMDB page states, is a “guy in his mid-30s with a wife and two kids makes the crazy decision to quit his good job and dive into the brave new world of starting a business.” I’m sorry, but isn’t this basically every TV show and film ever?

I don’t want to be a hater, but it’s hard not to wonder why, in 2017, we can’t have a show that focuses on his wife Rooni, played by Tiya Sircar. Yes, it’s interesting that he appears to be in a biracial marriage with kids, but I would find it way more interesting to focus on a woman of color’s perspective as someone restarting their career (especially for moms!), rather than a dad who isn’t seen as the primary caretaker.

In the preview, Rooni says she wished Alex handled the situation (aka starting a new startup company) differently, as he used their 401k to follow his dreams. She accuses him of  “lying to the person who is supposed to be your best friend.” It seems, yet again, the woman is the best friend, the sidekick, the person who is always there to step aside, with some grumbling, to make the man’s dream come true. What about the woman’s dream? The mom’s dream?

While the show itself seems funny enough, it doesn’t seem different enough from the norm for me to tune in. I hope I’ll be proven wrong.

Check out the trailer here:

 

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