Revisit and Re-View

Artist Julio Saldago revisited old popular sitcoms and re-cast them with POC and/or minority actors. We came across this write-up of his work and couldn't help but get lost in the artwork and the idea. Saldago doesn't just redraw white actors as POC, but changes the story lines of shows to reflect his own experience. Representation matters and a diverse point of view makes all of our experience richer and more fulfilling. He hope you enjoy this article as much as we did. 

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CultureStrike Artist Reimagines Sitcoms With Only People of Color

 By Yara Simón | 3 years ago

All our attention may be turned to the recently announced Gilmore Girls revival, but past it landing Alexis Bledel on “Stars You Didn’t Know Were Latino” lists, there’s not much going on in Stars Hollow that speaks to our Latinidad. That is, until artist Julio Salgado took a swing at it.

Salgado, artist projects coordinator at CultureStrike, revisited some of the shows he grew up watching, and he found that they had something in common: well-developed characters who were white. “We recently heard about that hashtag [where] white Star Wars fans were dying because POC characters were included in the latest movie,” he said on Facebook. “Now, I don’t know shit about Star Wars, but I know racism when it’s slapping us [on] the interwebs. So I took the liberty (cos, I mean, white people be doing that shit when it comes to making POC characters into white characters) to include us POC into some of my favorite shows and sitcoms.”

As a result, we have these new hypothetical characters:

 "My version of Friends is set in Oakland. They are mostly college students of color that met at a multicultural center. You'll see them at protests and rolling deep at First Fridays rolling their eyes at white people taking up too much space." -Julio Salgado

"My version of Friends is set in Oakland. They are mostly college students of color that met at a multicultural center. You'll see them at protests and rolling deep at First Fridays rolling their eyes at white people taking up too much space." -Julio Salgado

 “My version of Gilmore Girls is based on my mom and sister. When we first moved to the U.S. and my sister became really ill, my mom gave her one of her kidneys. That’s a bond that they will cherish for their rest of their lives.” -Julio Salgado

“My version of Gilmore Girls is based on my mom and sister. When we first moved to the U.S. and my sister became really ill, my mom gave her one of her kidneys. That’s a bond that they will cherish for their rest of their lives.” -Julio Salgado

 “This Roseanne is made up of a Mexican family living in Huntington Park.” -Julio Salgado

“This Roseanne is made up of a Mexican family living in Huntington Park.” -Julio Salgado

 “Grace is a Korean-American fashion designer living in San Francisco with her best friend Will, a black gay immigration lawyer.” -Julio Salgado

“Grace is a Korean-American fashion designer living in San Francisco with her best friend Will, a black gay immigration lawyer.” -Julio Salgado

 “These are the Sex and the City girls I’d be friends with!” -Julio Salgado

“These are the Sex and the City girls I’d be friends with!” -Julio Salgado

 “This Full House is a Filipino family and it’s set in Daly City. The oldest daughter is undocumented and the youngest two were born in the U.S. Also, uncle Jesse is queer.” -Julio Salgado

“This Full House is a Filipino family and it’s set in Daly City. The oldest daughter is undocumented and the youngest two were born in the U.S. Also, uncle Jesse is queer.” -Julio Salgado

 “This version of Golden Girls is all about social justice and it stars Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, Angela Davis, Dolores Huerta and Grace Lee Boggs…may she rest in power.” -Julio Salgado

“This version of Golden Girls is all about social justice and it stars Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, Angela Davis, Dolores Huerta and Grace Lee Boggs…may she rest in power.” -Julio Salgado

 “Jordan and Angela are two young Muslim teenagers who must deal with love and Islamophobia in the U.S. Wilson Cruz comes back as Rickie.” -Julio Salgado

“Jordan and Angela are two young Muslim teenagers who must deal with love and Islamophobia in the U.S. Wilson Cruz comes back as Rickie.” -Julio Salgado

 “Xena and Gabrielle are two Native women who must face off white colonizers.” -Julio Salgado

“Xena and Gabrielle are two Native women who must face off white colonizers.” -Julio Salgado

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