Last week, Feminist Frequency’s Tropes vs Women in Video Games series came to an end, after four years of production, with an episode about female sidekicks in games.
This week, the feminist media outlet has already released the first episode in its follow up series, Freq Show, on a subject that has set many a fan community afire over the years and shows no sign of stopping: whitewashing. The video, above, examines the history of choosing white actors to play characters of color in American movies and TV shows, whether assisted by makeup that darkens the shade of their skin or the shape of their eyes — or not. It also attempts to refute some common explanations offered by the folks behind modern productions that do the same.
Freq Show will have a wider focus than Tropes vs Women, covering representation of marginalized folks in television, movies and other media, not just video games. Ultimately, according to the outlet’s press release, “Feminist Frequency aims to answer the question, ‘What do representations of race, gender and sexuality in pop culture have to do with our current social and political climate?’”
The new show will start with a “season zero,” consisting of four episodes, released over the next two months.