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17 minutes ago, ZOK said:

By the way, does anyone who lives in Acton call the tube station Action Town? I would if I lived there.

No but our old weed dealer lived in Acton and he was in all of my mate's phones as "Acton Man". 

 

It's the little things. 

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1 hour ago, Boothjan said:

 

Nor me.

 

It struck me as a very English version of this: https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/MagicalNegro

 

2 hours ago, SozzlyJoe said:

There was an interview with the writers where they said they wanted to address the fact they had a lack of diversity. I guess they shoehorned a new character in. Then made her super successful to try to offset other stereotypes

 

I mean it's baffling enough in this day and age to not make a show with some diversity already baked into it, but to then set it in an incredibly racially-mixed area like Acton is just strange.

Still, it's not the only show that does this and it won't be the last. Plus I've probably a bit (!) of a chip on my shoulder as a west Londoner - I get fed up of the whole 'leafy west London' 'rich and posh' stereotype as it basically erases the rest of us from the area. 'People Just Do Nothing' did good things for west London - this not so much!

 

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