The next super moon eclipse will not be till 2033. People who were not out in a dark field like I was with a telescope and Nikki my Nikon D-80, along with a bunch of friends who found a way to throw a frisbee despite the pitch darkness on a slightly cloudy late September evening were probably watching the premiere of Quantico on ABC.
I watched the premiere of Quantico the next day and I could not help but wonder, what will our world be like in 2033. The show is the most popular mainstream show showcasing a talented beautiful actress from a different country to date. Homeland with Nazanin Boniadi was another, but only available to Showtime subscribers.While Americans have been exposed to characters such as Appu from the Simpsons and Kumar from Harold and Kumar along with other stereotypical panderings, this is the first time, I feel that a character is being showcased as a true American-Indian, no, not native American, but a diaspora of people whose heritage is from the Indian sub-continent but grew up in the United States creating a distinct cultural identity which deserves a look free of stereotypes.
Yes, twitter was filled with comments both positive and negative, which comes as no surprise that the positive comments focused on her drop dead gorgeous looks while the more negative ones pointed out that she had an “accent”. Following the GOP candidates and debates, and the liberal use of the term ” American”, to stand for a paradigm that Ben Carson and Donald Trump seem to ascribe to, one must ask, what will that term “American” mean in 2033 when the next blood moon appears.
Will a TV show featuring a beautiful woman from a different country playing an American character be scrutinized for comparisons to other roles from the same ethnicity or will an actress or character’s ethnicity even matter?
Good question, a very good question.
On a lighter note, kudos to ABC for starting the journey to showcasing the distinct Indo-American demographic on TV.