New comer Nicole Byer is easily becoming one the most talked about stand-up comedians as of recent. She’s been getting features on several shows and now is getting ready to premiere her own series Loosely Exactly Nicole on MTV. Well during this summer’s Television Critics Association Byer was able to touch on something brought up on a occasion; Black actors with white executive producers. What seems like a conflict in a process of creating authentic content; Nicole went on to express that though she has two white executives producers over her show they overcame things by them just listening.
However, with two white executive producers sitting besides Byer on the panel, the questions arose about the ability of the writers room to accurately and truthfully depict the experiences of an African-American girl. Byer addressed the issue head-on: “They’re very white, but they listen to me,” she said, pointing to a particular upcoming episode about braids. “You don’t know anything about braids,” Byer said as she turned to the executive producers. Another episode deals with the racist stereotypes Byer must face while auditioning in Hollywood — something she’s discussed at length in her stand-up and on other platforms. “I think listening was a key thing,” she continued. “I don’t think you needed to be black people. We had two black writers so that …” “And a small room,” interjected Zander, who noted half consisted of African-American writers. “So the blackness was trickling up,” Byer joked. “There isn’t really any different perspective … it’s just one, and it’s ‘sassy,’” she recalled of the struggle of the audition process as an African-American actress. On the panel, Byer recalled one casting director telling her to go black, and “If you go too black, I’ll bring you back.”
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