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Racial Stereotypes

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According to NYDailyNews, the average American watches more than five hours of television every day. Through these television programs, people are exposed to many issues in the representation of women, children, gender, sexuality, and race. Racial stereotypes are still evident today, even though times have changed since the early 1900s. They provide negative or false assumptions about a variety of groups, as well as ideas that do not necessarily pertain to every person. Fox Tv’s show Glee is an accurate portrayal of the many racial stereotypes that are apparent in today’s society. Glee offers viewers a complex construction of race that both perpetuates negative racial stereotypes for humorous purposes and attempts to disrupt stereotypical notions of “token” characters. The exposure of race/ethnic groups can be seen throughout various media contexts, however television offers recurring characters that viewers can identify and continue to form meaningful bonds with. This involvement stimulates social learning, facilitates persuasion, and can promote social stereotypes (Tukachinsky, Mastro, & Yarchi, 2017). Television can be used for valid and significant comparisons over time. For example, Blacks and Latinos in particular have been portrayed on television and has been a source of controversy and criticism. It is true that advancements have been made over the years, however these groups still lack the representation that they should be receiving (Tukachinsky, Mastro, Yarchi,
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