Keep 'Gossip Girl' White

Critics have panned the show for its lack of diversity. I say leave us out of this one.

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I'm not the only one who has mixed feelings about adding more color to the in-crowd. "I'd hate to see the black and Latino kids carrying on in the sex-crazed, drug-addicted 'fun' that seems to plague the show," said Cecilia Ramirez, 25, another Brooks alum. "But I think I'd equally cringe at the sight of seeing the token black kid as the captain of the football team wearing baggy jeans and saying 'Yo' at the beginning of every sentence. It's a tough call."

So, Entertainment Weekly was right to argue that slapping "on tired stereotypes to supporting characters is painfully out-of-touch and downright offensive." But simply giving Isabel more stupid things to say or more blonde-haired boys to do won't cut it either. Until the show decides to paint shades of gray in her black-girl-at-private-school experience, I'd rather she stay in the background.

Helena Andrews is a regular contributor to The Root.

Helena Andrews is a contributing editor at The Root and author of Bitch Is the New Black, a memoir in essays. Follow her on Twitter.