ACTION ALERT: Interracial couples on “The Larry Elder Show”

[tmanewsletter] ACTION ALERT: Interracial couples on “The Larry Elder Show”
Jen Chau <> 

Wed 10/20/2004 1:53 PM

Members of the Mixed community,

“The Larry Elder Show” which aired on Monday, October 18, 2004 was
titled “When Race Becomes A Dividing Issue in A Relationship.” It was an
extremely negative and sensationalistic show that featured three
interracial couples: Forest and Glenda, William and Nicole, and David
and Jacki. Forest is a white man who directs racial slurs at his Latina
wife in front of their child. William is a black man with a drug and
alcohol addiction who accuses his white wife of being racist. David and
Jacki are the token “happy” couple, parents to 10 mixed children.

We know that some of you may be thinking to yourselves: daytime talk
shows always play up conflict and drama, can we really expect anything
more from them? To that, we respond with a resounding “yes!” We need to
start holding these shows accountable for their portrayals of mixed
families and individuals, or else they will continue to perpetuate
harmful stereotypes about our community.

As the directors of Mixed Media Watch, we have already written a joint
letter to Larry Elder, his show’s producers, and key executives at CBS
to express our concern over the show.

We are now asking you to join us in this letter-writing campaign. Click
here to personalize and send email:

If you would prefer to send your own message, here are their email

Larry Elder, Host of “The Larry Elder Show” – or
Leslie Moonves Chairman, President & CEO, CBS Television –
Nancy Tellem, President, CBS Paramount Network Television Entertainment
Group –
Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment –
Martin D. Franks, Executive VP, CBS Television –
Dana McClintock, VP of CBS Communications –
George Schweitzer, Executive VP of Marketing and Communications –
Josie Thomas, Senior VP, Diversity –

You can communicate with the producers of “The Larry Elder Show” via
this online form:

Thank you for your support!

Jen and Carmen

Jen Chau and Carmen Van Kerckhove
Directors of Mixed Media Watch



tracking representations of mixed people in the media

Mixed Media Watch is a collaborative weblog and grassroots coalition
that works to promote more realistic, three-dimensional portrayals of
mixed people, couples, families and transracial adoptees in film,
television, radio and print media.

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