Negative Stereotypes in Reality Television

1639 WordsFeb 2, 20187 Pages
As Reality TV becomes more prominent it seems as though negative stereotypes overtly saturate this genre of entertainment. The popularity of reality TV shows subliminally support the preconceived or self-fulfilling prophesy consumers may have towards a certain person or group of people. Reality TV has had an extensive run demeaning African Americans while perpetuating stereotypes. More specifically today, black men are portrayed as stereotypical Brute individuals on the reality TV show Love and Hip Hop Atlanta. The Brute stereotype dates back to the 1870’s and continues today, showing black men as savages, violent, insensitive and destructive. Over the recent years, reality TV has consumed Atlanta, GA. Atlanta has a rich history for black success where many pioneers have lead the way for existing African Americans. Nevertheless, the grossly popular TV show, Love and Hip Hop Atlanta, draws millions in awe week after week. Viewers are drawn in by the stereotypical issues distressing the black community, more specifically, African American men. On this weekly program, black men in particular are portrayed as Brute individuals. This stereotype has been generated since the beginning of film. Birth of a Nation nationally disseminated these negative racial stereotypes. In the film, two white men wearing black face menace a young white virgin until she leaps to her death (Baynes). Historically, black men have been subjected to the image of being violent savages, who are
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