Examples Of Stereotypes In The Film The Longest Yard

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Over the years, films have been using stereotypes to portray humor through its characters and environment (3). Stereotypes are associated with almost everything and everyone no matter how people classify themselves. For further clarification, stereotypes are associated with people, groups, races, ethnicities, objects and locations. The Longest Yard (2005) by Peter Segal, perpetuates the use of stereotypes to portray its characters and environment through racial, gender, and prison stereotypes. These specific stereotypes are shown throughout the movie and are examples of stereotypes that have been passed down for generations. Films use stereotypes so that they are able to appeal to a larger target audience (3). The purpose of this paper is to analyze common stereotypes of racial, gender, prison, and athlete stereotypes in the film The Longest Yard.
First, a very dominant stereotype in the movie The Longest Yard is the general white stereotype. This stereotype is often associated with white people being in the upper class of society, only being educated on white culture and not understanding other cultures, and that white people are the only ones with power. In The Longest Yard, this overall white stereotype is portrayed through various elements. Also, this film incorporates the concept of white patriarchal capitalism, which means that white males are in power and are also above everyone else. For example, all of the characters that have power in this film are white such as

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