Mob-style violence while gaining racial diversity brownie points

By Bob Duran
Published on LatinoLA: January 4, 2003


"Have you ever tasted human flesh?"

A popular Hispanic actor states this on a recent television "teaser" from NBC. By the looks of it so far, the show to air in February 2003 is called "Kingpin" and is about Hispanic mafiosos who in order to maintain a wealthy, glorified drug business must threaten death to others or be dead themselves.

Apparently the motive for NBC airing this show is to compete for HBO viewers of mob-style violence while gaining network racial diversity "brownie-points".

With the limited amount of Hispanics on existing night-time television, it is good to see that the networks are finally putting serious effort into creating new shows about your "everyday" Hispanic family.

The viewer magnet created by drugs and violence will also undoubtedly lead to other networks portraying Hispanics in such favorable ways. Perhaps there can be a competing show based on the video game "Grand Theft Auto" in which the focus will be the day-to-day life of a gang of Hispanic car thiefs.

About Bob Duran:
Bob Duran is a student at Cal Poly Pomona.

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