Stan (vivavarda) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,
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Why does the white boy always get the girl in Netflix rom-coms?



• focuses on Netflix's most recently high profile teen movie properties: The Kissing Booth and To All the Boys, but also mentions Netflix original shows Sex Education and Never Have I Ever

• both film sequels involve a love triangle where a newly introduced character is only there to provide low-stakes drama that ultimately leads nowhere bc White Leads:
"Coincidentally, both of the “other” people in the love triangles are PoC. The reason behind recasting John Ambrose as an African-American is unclear, and neither is [Taylor Zakhar] Perez’s hypersexualised characterisation as Marco. Could it be that audiences are more comfortable watching PoC in the limited capacity of fleeting attractions rather than potential love interests?"


• doesn't mention the other newly introduced character in TKB2, Chloe, who was similarly introduced to cause a rift between the two white leads

Source.
Tags: netflix, race / racism
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