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This Show Was Supposed To Be A Gift: Teen Wolf + Race

By Guest Contributor Kendra James

l-r: Stiles (Dylan O’Brien), Scott (Tyler Posey), Allison (Crystal Reed) and Derek (Tyler Hoechlin)

I never wanted to write about MTV’s Teen Wolf on the R. I tried so hard to avoid writing about it that, until this point, I’ve ignored that one time one of the lead actors got caught in blackface, a season and a half worth of problematic characters of color, and the question of whitewashed heroes. This show was supposed to be lighthearted fun peppered with beautiful abdominal muscles.

Unfortunately, that changed in the course of hours one night when Jeff Davis, the show’s creator, started a Tumblr, dedicated his inaugural post to the topic of race of the show, received over 1,000 notes on said post, and then deleted everything altogether when his opinions on race and diversity were not taken well by a PoC and social justice-themed audiences.

It’s the classic case of another well-meaning white male who forgot to check his white privilege at the door.
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