The cast and executive producers of HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ hit up South by Southwest (SXSW) to promote the show’s upcoming Season 3 premiere. During the panel discussion, exec producer Alec Berg tackled the criticism directed at the show regarding the lack of diversity happening on screen.
“The first season, we got a lot of flack — some of it deservedly so — about how male and white the makeup of the show was, but we’re also satirizing a real world. That real world, the people who do what our guys do, are 87% male. Venture capitalists at the partner level are 96% male and white, so the world we’re depicting is every bit as off-kilter as our show is.”
Berg pointed out that the casting was a fairly accurate depiction of the current state of Silicon Valley and the tech industry, and therefore didn’t have much of a choice when it came down to the decision-making process. He did note that the producers are having “an ongoing discussion” about how to properly depict the world in which Silicon Valley exists.
“The world we’re depicting is f—ed up, but do we have the responsibility to make the gender and racial balance on our show ideal when the world we’re depicting isn’t?” he wondered aloud.
Let us know your thoughts after tuning in on April 24, when Season 3 arrives on your TV boxes and streaming devices courtesy of HBO.