WOMEN
08/26/2013 01:49 pm ET Updated Oct 26, 2013

The Bar For TV Diversity Is Way Too Low

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The Internet tells me I'm supposed to love "Orange Is the New Black." The show is reasonably well written, there's an "interesting" premise, and the cast is diverse. You can't blink without someone celebrating the show's diversity. "Orange Is the New Black" is very, very diverse. Did you hear?

I should love "Orange Is the New Black" for the same reason I should (but do not) love "Red Tails" or "The Butler" or "42." Time and again, people of color are supposed to be grateful for scraps from the table. There's this strange implication that we should enjoy certain movies or television shows simply because they exist.

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