If an alien from another planet were to somehow tap into our television programming, especially day time shows like “Maury” and “Jerry Springer” they would think ours is the most ethnically integrated society in the whole world.
Have you ever watched one of those shows? They are full of melodrama and truly dysfunctional stuff like people not knowing who the father of their baby is, and infidelity, and all kinds of things.
And the other thing they are full of are inter-ethnic, Mixed relationships. It seems that half of the couples on these shows are inter-ethnic relationships. And I guess I have to say that’s a good thing, even though one might take the large numbers of inter-ethnic relationships on shows featuring dysfunction to be a subtle message that such relationships are more often dysfunctional.
I don’t think so.
I just think the producers of these shows want as much melodrama as they can get, and adding the inter-ethnic element adds more spice.
But hey I’m from the school that says the more we see inter-ethnic couples the more people will come to see them as normal relationship choices.
Even when the relationships we are watching are a bit crazy as they are on these guilty-pleasure shows.
So I hope the aliens watching watch more than our daytime TV because if they don’t their impression of us and our relationships will not for the most part be good.