Hot on the heels of one of the few leading WOC on TV getting unceremoniously snuffed on her own show comes more bad news, another WOC is out on her genre show. Arden Cho is no longer a member of the cast of Teen Wolf and no one seems to know why.
Arden released this video on YouTube announcing her departure. It doesn’t sound like she made the choice to leave, just saying…
“But unfortunately, it looks like we’re wrapped up with Kira’s story line and she won’t be coming back for Season 6.”
Ever notice the WOC’s storyline always seem to wrap up before any other characters? Are you sick of this shit too?
I admit I do not watch the show, but from what I have read, her story line was not really “wrapped up.” Show creator Jeff Davis had said specifically that the writers were planning on returning a plot line with Cho’s character trapped in a WWII interment camp. Guess they changed their minds.
Whatever the reason, the fact remains that genre TV remains a mostly hostile environment for POC. Given the changing demographic of the population, if producers want new viewers, they are going to have check their privilege and change their ways.