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A Woman Documented Every Time A Black Person Appears On "Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life"

"What felt off is the extent to which Gilmore Girls attempted to signify diversity without putting much effort into developing it or avoiding stereotypes," Rahawa Haile told BuzzFeed News.

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She told BuzzFeed News she did this because "black people on the new season of Gilmore Girls... their density in Stars Hollow seemed so forced."

Despite this criticism, Haile said she is a fan of the show. In regard to the season finale, she added, "I think I'm happy to leave things there."

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Haile also made an archive of when a black person's name was mentioned, their purpose in a scene, and whether or not they had a speaking role.

In terms of all three categories, the importance of black characters was quite limited.

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Haile said: "Representation isn't the point of the show. What felt off is the extent to which Gilmore Girls attempted to signify diversity without putting much effort into developing it or avoiding stereotypes."

The aim of Gilmore Blacks, Haile said, "is to make a point about forced diversity through use of repetition. Black people are not Pokémon; I don't think I caught them all."

Haile said her Tumblr is "fundamentally limited because of course you can't determine race solely by appearance".

"Advertisers bank on casting racially ambiguous actors in the hopes of appealing to as many demographics as possible. I wouldn't be surprised if I included one or two actors who identified as something other than black. I wouldn't be surprised if I missed actors as well," she said.

"What I tried to do was show the limitations of imagination that are often present behind the camera, as well as the frequently limited opportunities in front of it for actors of color," Haile added.

She said the reception to Gilmore Blacks online has "been mostly positive, [although] some people are confused as to why I'd bother making the blog at all."

CORRECTION

Gilmore Blacks documents all of the black people who appear in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. An earlier version of this post misstated the season.

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