It’s no secret and may or may not come as a surprise to some that part of this blond thing on television, aside from its being enthusiastically faddish in acceptance, is not purely the hair shade of blond but the lighter shade of hair color, as was confessed by two television and lighting technicians, they just photograph better, easier to light, reflect light better, no need to go on. Anyone even trying to determine the number of people who would fail the brown paper bag test, explained below by Wikipedia, is so various as to be meaningless, let’s just say the number is a large one not to have more then what we currently see on television but then who’s counting. However, anyone can do some personal counting on their own the very next time you spend a few hours watching television with any ole brown paper bag next to the television screen to compare skin tones as you watch, grading those accordingly that would pass and those that don’t.
The Brown Paper Bag Test was a type of racial discrimination in the United States. A brown paper bag was used as a way to determine whether or not an individual could have certain privileges; only individuals with a skin color that is the same color or lighter than a brown paper bag were allowed. The test was used in the 20th century within many social institutions such as African-American sororities, fraternities, and churches. In addition, brown paper bags were used in multi-racial social events. The term is also used in reference to larger issues of class and social stratification within the African-American population. The Brown Paper Bag Test arose from the practice of discrimination based on skin color.
Wikipedia (March 2016)
Anyone with the mind to can use any of the above in their personal arsenal of and for reasons not to employ certain members of the population on television and as far as anyone can tell seem to be very effective in a kind of low level banishment.
Is there a gentle low level unspoken persuasion urging women to lighten the color of their hair? Is there a gentle low level unspoken persuasion urging some women or men to wear a hair piece on the air? And finally, is there a low-level gentle unspoken persuasion not to employ or to some extent the wheedling out for consideration darker skin individuals from appearing on some television programs, I would like to think not, however, the casual numbers seem to support otherwise, I invite you to do the research then draw your own conclusion…