The Sing-Off Finale Left Me Off Key
November 29, 2011
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For the past three months, The Sing-Off has been one of my guilty pleasure shows on TV this fall. It was one of the few reality (non-scripted) shows that I actually watched.
Last night was the live finale of their third season. While I am a fierce advocate of NBC bringing this show back for a fourth and fifth and sixth season, I must say I was a little miffed with the producers of the show last night.
As part of the finale, each of the three remaining groups chose a charity to visit and volunteer for a day, a noble gesture, to be sure. But what came across on my screen was a whitewashing of two of the visited charities.
Pentatonix, the ultimate champion, visited The Trevor Project. The Trevor Project is the leading national organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender youth. But based on what you saw and heard last night, it’s only a “suicide prevention services for youth.” Up next was Denver-based Urban Method talking with the Sickle Cell Disease Association. Unless you noticed that the only non-black people at the center were in the band, you would have no idea that sickle cell anemia affects predominately the black community. Lastly, the Dartmouth Aires joined with the American Heart Association’s golf-centered stroke rehabilitation program Saving Strokes.
Again, all three are worthwhile and deserving charities. But why wouldn’t they say “LGBT “or “black” (African-American) on live TV when talking about these charities?