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Black Power Ranger

The Show Wasn't

ALWAYS Racist

8/10/2013 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The Pink Ranger was a ditzy white girl ... the Yellow Ranger was Asian ... the Black Ranger was black -- but the "Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers" didn't start out quite SO racist ... so says one of its original stars.

Walter Jones -- a.k.a. the dancing Black Ranger -- was out in LA, when our photog (HUGE "PR" fan) had to ask about the pretty blatant stereotypes used on the show ... marketed towards kids.

Jones KNEW exactly what our guy was referencing, but tells TMZ, despite how racist the show ended up, it didn't start that way. He says the original Yellow Ranger was Latina, NOT Asian. Who knew?

But then Jones talks about the casting process for the Black Ranger -- and it starts to sound racist all over again. Example: Hip-Hop was a requirement.

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16.

Rachel    

I would not call it racist, more like stereotypical.. Come on TMZ, you really have nothing else to report on? Lame.

376 days ago
17.

Black Becky    

Tommy, the green/white ranger was a cutie.

375 days ago
18.

Matt    

If that was meant to be an insult to races by producers and casting directors, it was pretty dumb. "hey, here is a outfit that matches the color folks use to describe your skin color" haa ziiinnnggg! No.

375 days ago
19.

Ava    

@Hazardous424 Walter's actually referring to Audri DuBois who was the original Trini in the pilot episode who is, in fact, Latina.

375 days ago
20.

Fox    

Who cares, the color of their suits match their skin color, big woop. I'd hardly call that racist.

375 days ago
21.

iwantsum13    

He still sexy. Call me black ranger

375 days ago
22.

rhetorical     

the original cast was the best Pink-Ditzy Yellow-Asian Red-Leader Black-Black Blue-Nerd Green/White-TheBest took over!! when the movie came out &the yellow ranger was black!!! i like them too

375 days ago
23.

Miniredhawk    

In fairness, the red ranger wasnt an Indian and the green ranger wasnt Jewish... Just saying...

375 days ago
24.

Kayla    

I had no idea that vietnam was latin country.. cause thats where the original yellow power ranger was born..

perhaps walter jones was unable to properly identify the situation, as he was unable to properly identify the difference between latins and asians.

375 days ago
25.

ME623    

They are "undertones". They do that in hopes people won't make a big deal out of it. I grew up watching Superfriends, and they had a black superfriend who had the power of lightning, but he was called "Black Falcon". There was nothing about him being a falcon, but they wanted you to know he was "Black" so he was called "Black Falcon". Coincidence, I think not.

374 days ago
26.

ijustfarted    

In California, it's common for a first time DUI to get their charge reduced to what's called a "wet reckless," which is a charge that is like a reckless driving charge, but it would revert back to a DUI charge, if the person would ever get a second DUI arrest. This would increase the penalty of a second DUI arrest. A fourth DUI conviction would be a felony and the person would be facing prison time. California vehicle code has a section for driving under the influence (23152a VC) and a second section for having a blood alcohol level of .08% or more. (23152b VC) You don't need to be rich to get this plea deal, just a lawyer.

373 days ago
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ijustfarted    

Woops, wrong story. My bad.

373 days ago
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