New Power Rangers are no longer color-coded according to their race. Yay!

Illustration for article titled New Power Rangers are no longer color-coded according to their race. Yay!

The Power Rangers are coming back for their 19th (!) season, and the good news is their suits no longer color-coded according to their ethnicity. (Watch this amazing College Humor video for more on how that came about originally.)

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Writes Matt Kiebus over at Death and Taxes:

Illustration for article titled New Power Rangers are no longer color-coded according to their race. Yay!

Nearly 15 years since my exposure to the Power Rangers, it's hard to forget the terrible costumes, graphics, special effects, and corny mid-battle sequence dialogue. But in retrospect the show had one glaringly obvious culturally insensitive faux pas - their color uniform happened to signify their race. The yellow ranger was Asian, the black ranger was African-American, the pink ranger was the hot white girl, and the white ranger was indeed a Caucasian male...

Now the show is being retooled by Nickelodeon, complete with cell-phone looking morphing devices and politically correct costumes.

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Here's a sneak peek:

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Less cell-phone and more Wii-mote. The original leader, although Caucasian, was a red ranger, not white. I'm not up to speed on every incarnation, but I wonder if there ever has been a girl and/or non-Caucasian leader of the team. I'm pretty sure pink will never be the color for one of the guys (as joked about in the video) even though pink broke through the gender gap a while ago.