A brief history of race and reality TV
A brief history of race and reality TV -- ''Survivor'' wasn't the first reality show to cause a racial rift
A look back at some rocky on-air relations between minorities and the small screen.
THE FIRST SEASON OF THE REAL WORLD
Heated verbal clash between country bumpkin Julie and token black guy Kevin set the template for a go-to theme in future seasons.
WILLIAM HUNG ON AMERICAN IDOL
His tone-deaf rendition of ”She Bangs” made him a laughingstock — er, international superstar — for embodying the nerdy-Asian stereotype.
STACIE J. OUSTED FROM THE APPRENTICE
White teammates ganged up to characterize her as ”scary,” making her a symbol of that casting staple, the Crazy Black Woman.
ABC’S WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD
The never-aired series featured Latino, Asian, and gay families (among others) auditioning to live on their white judges’ conservative block in Austin.
An African-American family traded lives with a Caucasian family with the help of really good makeup, and audiences learned that racism is still very much a reality.