CBS is coming out with a new Star Trek series, starting on its main broadcasting network, but then moving over to its new pay-for-access channel. An Entertainment Weekly article on the show, based on an interview with the producer, tortures the term “diverse” in ways I hadn’t heard before.
We are told that the commander of the spacecraft will be a “diverse actress.” [How can an individual be “diverse”? Is that, like, shizophrenic? Or just someone with a multi-faceted personality who can play many different parts? Oh, I guess “diverse” is now a euphemism for a class of people who aren’t white, male heterosexuals.]
But the part has not yet been cast, so the producer didn’t know “what level of diversity” she would be. [So diversity comes in levels? Is Asian one level, and Hispanic another level? Is black the highest level? She is a woman, so that counts, but would making her a lesbian give them a higher level of diversity? What if she is an Alien?] [Read more…]