Just watched episode 3 of ABC’s The Good Doctor. Very enjoyable but I can’t help noticing:
Lead surgeon – black male
Team lead – Hispanic male
Our autustic genius main character – wimpy White male
Ok I don’t mind this casting, whatever. And the main actor Freddie Highmore is a great Character actor. And it’s from the writers of House.
But this episode. Ehhhhh. Bugging me. The 2 main patients…
Sweetheart guy on list for new liver. Screws up when daughter offers him a glass of champagne and drinks it. Disqualifies self from the donor list. Doctor argues his case for an exception to the black head surgeon, who insists rules are rules, loses.
A-hole guy undergoing mouth cancer treatments or something, with gaping hole in cheek, whines about it. Has continued to smoke, retarding his healing.
The champagne drinker heads nobly home to die. No fuss. The daughter who gave the Hispanic doctor grief accepts her guilt and behaves. The smoker, wheeled out happy and treated, stuffs a fat cigar in his mouth, ready to light up.
The overt message – Liver donor abstinence rules are hypocritical given the laxness around other treatments and poor patient behavior.
Good stuff, except, Mr Champagne is… black. Mr A-hole is… white. Always it’s this pattern. Bad guy white, good guy black. In TV commercials it’s white guy dumb, black guy wise. The usual white-washing (no pun intended) of reality. Because, really? No race card thrown down by either black? In this day of identity politics? And the evil guy’s vice just happens to have him mirror an icon of conservative media? This is coincidence? Really?
It’s about as coincidental to me as President G.W. Bush’s head on a pike in Game of Thrones.
You just can never forget, we are living in The Matrix. Stay alert and awake.