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Paitrisia Spencer

Age 19

Resides Bronx

Occupation Singer

Are you watching any of the new fall shows? Yes.

Is there too much raunchy sex? I think as far as
actually seeing sex on TV, no. As far as talking about it, yes. For instance, in Martin, they’re
always talking about “riding each other.”

Is TV ethnically diverse enough? Certain networks go for certain kinds of shows. Fox does a lot with rappers. But it’s all money oriented and based on who has money and who’s watching.

What’s your favorite show? Friends, and the black sitcom about that black couple with white neighbors.








John Edmund Hawkins

Age 42

Resides Manhattan

Occupation Truck driver

Are you watching any of the new fall shows? The
sitcoms, not too much.

Is there too much raunchy sex? It’s not too raunchy, but what they do isn’t true. It’s not what life is really like. On Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dawson’s Creek, you go to high school, say hello to your girlfriend, and have sex with her.

Is TV ethnically diverse enough? Yes. But it’s all stereotyped and “channelized.” If you look
at Channel 9 or 11, all the programming’s
by color.

What’s your favorite show? Touched by an Angel.





Minjung Kim

Age 31

Resides Queens

Occupation Student

Are you watching any of the new fall shows? Yes,
I like TV. I mostly watch shows on Channel 7, the news, Friends.

Is there too much raunchy sex? No, the usual. Compared to oriental TV, it’s not sexual.

Is TV ethnically diverse enough? TV is very white. It reflects the majority view. It seems to be more of a problem in films, where there are fewer ethnic characters.

What’s your favorite show? Mad About You, Jeopardy, and Oprah.






Annette Covino

Age 70

Resides Chelsea

Occupation Retired

Are you watching any of the new fall shows? I don’t like the situation comedies. They’re so stupid, I don’t care if they’re black or white.

Is there too much raunchy sex? I don’t care about sex. I just want it to be interesting and adult. If sex is appropriate, I don’t object.

Is TV ethnically diverse enough? I’ll watch anything if it’s honest and good. None of the shows portray things honestly, it’s all hype and illusion. It’s the current Brady Bunch.

What’s your favorite show? Mystery on Channel 13; Bravo, where they interview members of the Actors’ Studio.






Shirley Ryan

Age Over 21

Resides Queens

Occupation Retired

Are you watching any of the new fall shows? Not the sitcoms. I watch talk shows, Geraldo Rivera, Larry King. I like The Practice and Ally McBeal.

Is there too much raunchy sex? If anything smells of violence, I don’t watch it. If the sex is appropriate, it’s fine.

Is TV ethnically diverse enough? I think it is diverse, but Asians could be represented more.

What’s your favorite show? The stock market
report on CNBC.










Claudia Turbides

Age 20

Resides Upper West Side

Occupation Student

Are you watching any of the new fall shows? I haven’t really started watching them. I don’t
really have time.

Is there too much raunchy sex? I think a lot of the sitcoms make light of sex, with everyone sleeping with each other, but I grew up with it so
I don’t even notice.

Is TV ethnically diverse enough? Sometimes the
all-black casts and the all-Hispanic casts aren’t representative. Third Watch does a pretty good job— there’s a black guy and a Hispanic guy.

What’s your favorite show? Probably ER. I watch that a lot.






Lee

Age 35

Resides Manhattan

Occupation Bike messenger

Are you watching any of the new fall shows? Not
all of them. A lot of them are stupid.

Is there too much raunchy sex? Not really. It’s
borderline. They do as much as they can get away with.

Is TV ethnically diverse enough? No. The money’s in the hands of racists.

What’s your favorite show? Star Trek: Voyager and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.



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