Does it seem to anyone else there’s a disproportionate number of blond white women playing victims and corpses in TV crime shows? This may be partly due to TV’s disproportionate representation of white people in general, but white lead actresses frequently have hair colors other than blond.
While I acknowledge I’m not going to sit down with stacks and stacks of DVDs and catalog all the victims and their coloring, I have been watching DVDs of Criminal Minds lately. Even accounting for the reality that white men who prey on women of their own race are the majority of known serial offenders, I’m seeing an awful lot of long blond hair on corpses and victims. In addition, they’re all (hardly surprisingly) slim, Hollywood-pretty and young or youngish. I recently watched two episodes in a row (Season 2’s “Open Season” and “Legacy”) in which the serial killers were hunting people of every description. But who were our main victims in these two episodes? Two Hollywood blond women, slim, white and young.
I remember forming the same impression with other cop shows, including the well-above-average Davinci’s Inquest, which centered a couple of seasons on the serial killing of mostly First Nations prostitutes, but chose a pretty, healthy-looking young white blondish girl for the prostitute we actually got to know (Sue).
Is this just because blond is the beauty standard for actresses? Does this argument even make sense, given how many popular lead actresses have hair of other colors? Or is it that someone thinks blonds look more vulnerable somehow? Or that it’s a more tragic waste when the victim is blond? What’s the thinking here?