Royals parody skewers typecasting

ANNIE STEVENS
Last updated 05:00 28/03/2014

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Three women of colour attend a casting call.

And then break into song to the tune of Lorde's Royals about the diversity gap in Hollywood. Written and performed by Tess Paras, it mocks the typecasting of women of colour, from the sassy black friend, to the "oversexed Asian" and the "urban girls of flavour". 

While things have improved somewhat, with shows like the Kerry Washington driven Scandal and Lupita Nyong-o winning the Oscar earlier this year, it's still an uphill battle. And it's one that we as viewers should be taking charge on.

As Policy Mic points out,

"Ultimately, one of the best ways to support the women making a difference is to vote with our remotes. By consuming media that focuses and represents the lives of women of color, we'll be sending a powerful message to the elite in Hollwood and they won't have a choice but to listen and follow the money trail."

As Mindy Kaling said at SXSW in response to criticism of not putting more women of colour on her show, 

"I look at shows on TV, and this is going to just seem defensive, but I'm just gonna say it: I'm a f*cking Indian woman who has her own f*cking network television show, OK?" 

It shouldn't be such an anomaly.

Also, watch The Mindy Project, it's good.

-Daily Life

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