T.The new report that there could be yet another “ish” -inspired spin-off from Kenya BarrisThe media empire that began with “black-ish” was partially met with a virtual moan on social media. Deadine.com reported that ABC was flirting with the idea of starting a series called “brown-ish” that would focus on a LatinX Family and star Eva Longoria.
The complaints seemed split between the complaint about the “ish” franchise being skinny and the fact that it might play Longoria, whose representation in the LatinX community has been scrutinized in the past.
If ABC moved forward with “brown-ish” it would be the fifth iteration of Barris’ “ish” franchise of television shows including “Black-ish”, “Mixed-ish”, “Grown-ish” and “Old” -ish “The latter is still in the development phase.
Deadline reported that Barris and Longoria “had ideas for the new show”. Craig Erwich, the president of ABC Entertainment and Hulu Originals, told Deadline, however, that “brown-ish” has not progressed beyond the childhood of his ideas.
“Brown-ish is still a concept that is still in development. We have not yet established the firm plans for it,” said Erwich, adding that there are also “no current plans” for old-ish To be a pilot.
Nonetheless, Erwich left the door open for Barris to create more “ish” spinoffs in the future.
“There are so many different iterations that we are open to,” said Erwich. “It really is up to Kenya who is the master and captain of the franchise.”
This last part seemed to resonate with people expressing the “ish” fatigue of Barris and his production company. The opportunity sparked the flooded social media schedules with whimsical memes poking fun at ideas for “ish” spinoffs.
In addition, news of the possible show enlivened criticism of Barris’ colorism for frequently presenting families lacking dark-skinned people. In Longoria’s case, critics on social media pointed out that she is 70% of European ancestry, a legacy that normally excludes brown skin. (There’s also the mini controversy to grapple with starting November, when Longoria claimed that “Latinas were the real heroines” of the 2020 election Black women, who have been widely credited for securing Democrats a victory in the White House.)
The colorism criticism has been around for years at Barris. Madame Noire pointed out in 2019 that Barris’ “shows look like they were poured with the paper bag test”.
And it’s not just Barris’ “ish” shows either. His show on Netflix, “#BlackAF”, for example, features a fair-skinned family and sparked the same criticism that one sees of the idea of ”brown”.
Of course, for ABC – and probably Barris – green is the only color that matters. A new show means more money, notoriety and Hollywood prestige for both of them. Apart from the fact that “Mixed-Ish” is canceled after two seasons, the other “Ish” shows will still be broadcast. The Emmy-nominated “Black-ish” is preparing for its eighth and final season.
Regardless of all of the above, two truths remain: Barris is a money cow and, as the old saying goes, if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.
However, those truths clashed with comments on social media about the looming possibility of “brownness” and all of the cultural implications that would come with it. Scroll down to read some of the more colorful examples.