Artist Imagines If These Popular TV Shows Starred Black People
If you’re an ’80s baby, you came of age in the ’90s watching TV shows such as “Full House,” “The Golden Girls, “Gilmore Girls,” Sex and the City” among others. What you may notice about these shows is that all the characters are White.
32-year-old artist Julio Salgado grew up watching those same shows and decided to take it upon himself to re-imagine what his favorite shows would look like if the characters were Black.
He wrote on his Facebook page he was inspired to do this after hearing about the Twitter hashtag #BoycottStarWarsVII, which was started by two trolls who feel the new Star Wars film is “anti-white.”
Salgado wrote, “I don’t know shit about Star Wars, but I know racism when it’s slapping us in the interwebs. So I took the liberty (cos [sic] I mean, white people be doing that shit when it comes to making POC characters into white characters) to include us POC into my favorite shows and sitcoms.”
Salgado hopes his illustrations open up more doors for writers, artists and actors of color to “experiment, create and fail.”
He told Cosmo,”White artists are given the opportunity to fail, because then you learn from those mistakes. It’s human nature to get things wrong, but if there’s no space for us to even try to experiment, then the pressure is bigger. I really want to push folks to think beyond these white characters. There is so much history in our communities and we’ve got stories for days, for years.”
We couldn’t agree more with Salgado! Take a look at his dope illustrations below.