Sunday Saturday Times, the FX “documentary” Black. White. that eecue touched on earlier might not be presenting such an honest view race relations after all. The show, featuring a black couple from Atlanta and a white couple from Santa Monica living together in Tarzana for six weeks while “trading places,” was filmed locally and residents of a diverse range of communities including Leimert Park and La Crescenta feel slighted by what they see as unfair editing. The real question seems to turn on whether Black. White. is a “documentary” or a “reality” show:
But Cutler and Ice Cube, another of the show’s executive producers, have distanced themselves from FX’s documentary tag. Cube said the series is more a “reality experiment,” while Cutler said, “I’m not a social scientist. I’m telling a story. We never said we were telling a comprehensive story.”
Not to steal their thunder, but the Times opening couldn’t have said it better:
The title song of FX Networks’ new “Black.White.” is both come-on and warning — “Please don’t believe the hype. Everything in the world ain’t black and white.” It also may turn out to be an unintentionally ironic commentary on the project itself.