FX’s Black. White. ends tonight; are its cast members actors?

FX’s series Black. White. ends tonight, concluding a series that was originally conceived to be a show that just followed a black and white family living together. That was ultimately modified to change the families’ races.

The show’s ratings broke records but then fell off sharply. Maybe that’s because the episodes together weren’t a strong narrative. Or maybe it was ultimately too unsettling and disturbing because so little progress seemed to be made.

But perhaps it’s because the show is completely disingenuous, as has been suggested by the fact that both Bruno and his girlfriend’s daughter are actors: Bruno’s IMDB entry shows that he had guest-starring roles on at least six series during the 1980s and 1990s, and Rose Bloomfield seems to be the same Rose that was part of a Disney Channel show called Movie Surfers. Perhaps Black. White. just cast people who happened to be actors, or perhaps the show was less organic than we’ve been told.

The perception of this matters, blogger Rod Hilton argues, because “the people on the show are not exactly representatives of their respective races. … The fact that FX is just being dishonest with the show premise is nothing compared to the fact that they are actively trying to reinforce stereotypes in the minds of the public.”

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