It isn't hard to see Puff Daddy, spokesman for of MTV's "Vote or Die" campaign under Rock the Vote's thinly veiled attempt to get the young ballot for Kerry's camp, is a fan of quota systems for his show "Making the Band."
The show, which runs on MTV is in its third season of trying to manufacture a singing, dancing hip-hop band after two failed seasons where the finished product has been so bad, Diddy axed them both himself to from scratch again this season.
In the episode I just watched, Diddy told the girls: "There are sets of girls that march and mirror each other." He points to two hard-bodied black women and says, "There is no way I would take both of y'all. One of you has got to go" regardless of their talent.
He then pits three groups against each other, a black group of three, three long-haired Latino women and two white girls who "can dance and don't have a**."
It's no wonder with his pre-conceived formulas that even with all the trainers, vocal coaches and limitless pools of talent in the world, Diddy hasn't been able to make a band yet that has turned out a gold record.