I’m not exactly sure who believes that diversity on our TV screens doesn’t matter, but in case you need a little more convincing, we’ve got the cutest case-in-point for you.
The live film recording of the smash hit musical, Hamilton, recently dropped on Disney+ and one little fan named Jenna was very excited by what she saw staring back at her on the TV. Take a look…
Little Jenna here is exactly why #representationmatters . I am so grateful for this show, that so many young people can watch this show and say “It’s me” . Thank you @britbrit1432 for sharing this video ❤️💕❤️💕 @HamiltonMusical #hamilfilm pic.twitter.com/iDbb4orVIs
— Phillipa Soo (@Phillipasoo) July 6, 2020
Phillipa Soo, the Chinese-American actress who plays Eliza, shared the video to Twitter saying, “Little Jenna here is exactly why #representationmatters. I am so grateful for this show, that so many young people can watch this show and say ‘It’s me.'”
It’s a seriously sweet moment, but also really cements the fact that for this little girl, seeing someone who looks like her on her television screen isn’t the norm. Her excitement at seeing Phillipa and exclaiming, ‘It’s Me!’ is proof that for little boys and girls around the world, seeing their own faces and cultures looking back at them in mainstream media isn’t just important, it’s bloody essential.
Onya Hamilton! We hope all the networks and big shots production companies are finally paying attention.
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