I will never really be able to fully understand what the purpose of having Black tokenistic characters is? Is it because if they don’t add in an African American then the movie would be shunned for only including one race? Or is it because they just need to add in a character that people can laugh at? Let’s take a look at the famous film series ‘Fast and furious’. The character “Roman” who is played by Tyrese Gibson, you can say that Roman is the funny, big and completely thick Black guy. All the other characters who are either White or Latina are given a few jokes to crack here and there but when they make a consideration it is taken seriously. Unlike poor Roman here, who is simply here to make us all laugh and nothing he says is of true intelligence but after all what a good movie without some comedy eh. There have been so many movies over time that exaggerate and play on the stereotype of one’s race. What’s the point in even involving ethnic minority characters if the directors are just going to represent them through their stereotypes? And why is it so extremely hard to give characters from an ethnic minority a fair realistic representation instead of dumbing them down or making them seem incredibly aggressive.
Perhaps, directors believe that if they use at least one black character then they’ve checked of all the OFCOM requirements. The character usually has no real purpose the film is not based around that character’s story; he/she is really just an extra, to suggest how “diverse” the movie is. The bottom line is, if you are going to include in any ethnic minority characters then please do not use them for tokenism. Portray them not their stereotypes.