The racial reckoning that began after George Floyd’s death in May doesn’t apply to JUST social justice matters. It extends to television and movies. In fact, the Oscars will now require certain inclusion requirements be met when submitting a nomination. You can read more about the new requirements at Variety.
Network Television Finally Becomes More Diverse
Television networks have yet to announce such requirements. Publicly, at least. However, sweeping changes are happening across the networks – both on-screen and behind-the-scenes. For example, ABC cast Matt James as the first Black Bachelor for the upcoming season. ABC also let the two co-hosts of Dancing With The Stars go to replace them with Tyra Banks. However, it’s unclear if the DWTS change was related to diversity or other reasons.
Even before the racial reckoning happening now, fans have called out Bravo TV for the lack of diversity on their shows. Bravo’s Andy Cohen has promised more diversity, starting with the next season of RHONY. However, it turns out that the cast of the newest Housewives franchise, RHOSLC, is the most diverse Bravo has ever had. And they were all cast months ago.
RHOSLC Diverse in Heritage AND Religion
That’s not to say there isn’t any diversity among The Real Housewives franchises. RHOA and RHOP are predominantly Black, The Wrap notes. However, the other franchises have only featured a handful of women of color.
The cast of RHOSLC includes six women: Mary Cosby, Heather Gay, Lisa Barlow, Whitney Rose, Jen Shah and Meredith Marks. Of those, Jen Shah is from Polynesian descent, while Mary Cosby is Black.
The ladies also have very different religious beliefs. Religion isn’t really a huge part of the other franchises, but the trailer teases it will be at the forefront of RHOSLC. Salt Lake City is known for the Mormon religion, but not all of the women are Mormons.
In fact, Whitney Rose and Jen Shah are both former Mormons. Lisa Barlow is “Mormon by choice.” Meredith Marks is Jewish, while Mary Cosby is Pentecostal. Jen Shan is in the process of converting to Islam.
Bravo fan account @rhoearth compiled the official RHOSLC cast photos and intro blurbs into one Instagram post. Scroll through the slides for all the dish on each of the six women.
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Welcome to the #RHOSLC Housewives. Swipe left to check out thier bios and tags. Make them feel welcome!!! Follow: @meredithmarks @whitneywildrose @therealjenshah @heathergay29 @mary_ m _ cosby @lisabarlow14 #RHOC #RHOA #RHOBH #RHONY #RHOP #RHOD #RHONJ #RHOS #RHOSYDNEY #RHOMELBOURNE #RHOAUCKLAND #RHOT #RHOJ #RHOCHESHIRE
From the trailer, it appears RHOSLC tackles topics the other Housewives shows avoid. However, the show will also feature the usual topics: money, plastic surgery, friendship. Do you plan to watch the latest Real Housewives spin-off? Scroll down to the comments and let us know. Be sure to follow our social media for all the latest television news.
The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City premieres on Wednesday, November 11, on Bravo. Watch the trailer below.
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