Why Do (Mizrahi) Gentlemen Prefer Blondes?

Three TV series currently on air share several common denominators; one of them is that the creators and protagonists are men of Middle Eastern or North African origin, and the love interests are Ashkenazi women.

There is a racy story about a black man who − how shall we put this delicately? − in the throes of intercourse with a beautiful blonde, liked to shout “Long live Schoelcher!” ‏(Victor Schoelcher was a 19th-century French abolitionist‏). That anecdote is mentioned by psychiatrist and postcolonial philosopher Frantz Fanon in his 1952 book “Black Skin, White Masks,” as...