It only takes a few minutes to watch Netflix’s new drama Bridgerton note that it is unlike most shows in its genre. Yes, other accents and British accents have great stories, but unlike most time dramas about aristocracy, there are black people who are not slaves or servants, go figure! This has bothered me several times on the internet, however Bridgerton star Nicola Coughlan, who plays Penelope Featherington, has a word or two for all thin racism.
What is ‘Bridgerton’ about?
Bridgerton Season 1 takes viewers through Daphne Bridgerton’s first social season as an eligible woman. As she, the Featherington girls, and all the other girls in her age group enter the retrospective scene, they all quickly learn that it’s so easy to find maids. Daphne starts the season with a lot of lawyers but her older brother Anthony scares them all. To increase men’s interest, she and the Duke of Hastings, Simon Bassett, go on strike to allow them to court. But Daphne and Simon are not the only two members of the Ton scheme who get what they want. In fact, almost everyone has something they hide from the rest of the nobility. Unfortunately for the Ton, a new device called Lady Whistledown has just arrived on the scene and they seem to have an inside knowledge of their mysteries.
Diversity on ‘Bridgerton’
Bridgerton a minority are at different levels of social standing. The queen, Lady Danbury, and Simon are all black, who settle the case early that the nobles in the Ton are not what viewers are used to seeing.
“You know how some people like ‘Diversity in time drama doesn’t work’… .63 million households thought it did,” she wrote.
She followed up with another tweet calling on everyone who tried to ruin the show.
“Remember people trying to reduce the show on IMDB because it was so diverse? ”She said. “You can’t tell us that Netflix is the fifth largest original release ever.”