I didn't realize that inter-racial couples was such a know issue until Pitch started. Not being American I don't really get why it's an issue in this day and age, you'd think people would be more accepting of it.
Anon, the issue is not so much an American one. It’s a two-fold problem with the need to preserve white female supremacy in sexuality and desirability, and white insistence on being the norm.
Let’s tackle the supremacy issue first. Racism and white patriarchy made white women top of the desirability totem pole. Attraction to non-white women is a non-issue so long as the idea of the white woman as the holy grail remains salient. Historically speaking, white women were off limits to the black community. A black man could and would be lynched, castrated, and set afire for even looking at one. The movie “Birth of a Nation” (the original) made the case that the Ku Klux Klan was formed to protect white female purity from ravenous black men looking to rape them. And while white women collectively express the progressive view that they are and wish to remain sexually liberated, they have and continue to benefit from the sexual hierarchy. Now when you add interracial relationships with black women–who have been regaled to bottom of the totem pole as wholly undesirable despite our alleged sexual prowess–this hierarchy is threatened. And not because black women are superior, but because racial issues survive on the principle of a dichotomy (black:white; good:bad; wrong:right). If the black woman is taken out of her place at the bottom of the scale, where does that leave the white woman? Superiority cannot exist without inferiority, so the scale must be maintained for white women to maintain their top spot. When the relationship is with a white man–the pinnacle of male sexuality and desirability–the scale is even further threatened. White men set the tone globally, so if white men are in loving, devoted relationships with black women where no fetishization is taking place, where there is no white “upgrade” waiting to happen, where the black woman is actively desired and chosen, the rest of the world will follow suit and this is threatening to the white woman’s sense of self.
As for white entitlement to be included in all things, that one’s almost self-explanatory. All consumable media except that which makes a deliberate effort not to be, is populated by whiteness. Television casts that are not heavily white are an anomaly and the media reacts as such (Orange is the New Black comes to mind). This has led to white people not comprehending their absence or exclusion. They’ve literally never been excluded. Marginalized groups in America have grown up consuming media that regales them to places similar to real life: in the margins. White people have never been there. White women ages 18-49 are the prime television demographic, so when a show like Pitch comes along and lacks the representation of that demographic in their usual spot (the female lead/ primary love interest), a dissonance is created because these women lack a self-insert character. Couple this with the supremacy issue I mentioned above, and you have a recipe for fandom racism masquerading as feminism. “She’s too independent to have a man” or “Why does there have to be a romance?” means “This version of black women [the non-sassy, non-matriarchal, sexually desirable but not in a dehumanizing way black woman] does not coincide with my prescribed images of them and I don’t understand” or “I don’t view black women sexually/desirably and can’t understand others doing so.”
TL;DR: Fandom is inherently racist and continually perpetuates racist stereotypes despite it’s progressive image.