It’s easy for a white person to say who cares? You are not the ones under represented on the telly box?
Someone here posted that 1 in 6 people in Ireland now are foreign born. So a lorra lorra non “true Gaels” are buying groceries, watching television, buying books and DVD’s for Xmas presents, eating out, working as chefs, studying food science, training to be nutritionists, going to college in Cathal Brugha St etc etc.
But if you turn on your telly, or go to Easons to buy a cook book for them, who or what do you see… offerings from Mammys Boy Donal, Rory O’Carroll, Nevin Maguire, Kevin Dundon, Darina, Rachel & Myrtle Allen, Catherine Fluvio, Derry Clarke, or former athletes like Dervla O’Rourke & David Gillick getting a book deal on the back of their healthy grub shite hawkery.
RTE and TV3 aren’t exactly falling all over themselves to reflect the diversity you now see in every Irish supermarket. If the viewing audience is not as diverse as the acutal population, then you can change that (as you can in the UK) by putting on putting on more programs that will attract a more diverse viewing audience.
Par example, what Saturday morning cooking show on RTE is someone from Poland more likely to watch? A show hosted by someone from a Polish/Eastern European background, featuring ways to put a new twist on traditional Polish recipies… or Rachel Allen showing viewers how to make the perfect scone (as in moan ) for the 87th time this year, or yet another visit to Ballymaloe?
If I’m a young trainee chef in Cathal Brugha St from a Nigerian/Latvian/Filipino background, I wouldn’t be holding my breath that I’ll ever have a booming media career, a la some of those telly chefs mentioned above. If my niece or your niece wants to have one, she has a bloody good shot at it, based on who we currently see on our TV screens and in our book shops.
Which one of them is more likely to care about this issue, or be engaged by it, as they feel left out or marginalized? It ain’t my whiter than white niece, that’s for sure !