Pleasantville also explores a number of various issues surrounding the attitudes towards sex, relationships, sexism and racism in the mid 50's. Using the modern influence of the two teenagers, it shows how the development of age, maturity and social ethics allowed the small town to embrace what it had originally been withholding, rather then to continue to hide/fear it. For example, when the colours start appearing, the "coloured" people are rejected and forced away with violence and hatred. Eventually, they see the uselessness of their anger as they, also, become "coloured".