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The Big Bang Theory, Nerds of Color, and Stereotypes

by Latoya Peterson

“Though you do add some much needed cultural diversity to an otherwise homogeneous group, your responses to [The Friendship Survey] were deeply disturbing.”

—Sheldon to Rajesh, The Friendship Algorithm

A few weeks ago, I discovered a new favorite show to watch. My boyfriend has been a How I Met Your Mother devotee for the past couple of years, and tends to always make his way to the couch around eight-ish on Monday nights.

One night, I was working in the bedroom when I caught an errant nerdy reference.

Oh, love! A discussion of the physics involved in Superman with a comic book reference challenge at the end? Be still my heart!

The next time I wasn’t paying attention, but I was in the living room, so I caught the reference that changed my life:

Rock, paper, scissors, lizard, spock. Genius!

But as I continued watching, a little nagging thought started interfering with my enjoyment of the series:

So, we only get one nerd of color? Continue reading