3. Choose 2 scenes from the film and discuss what is important about them. I was very bothered by the comments Anita Bryant made during a televised speech that was shown in the film. She was an orange juice sales woman who was working to repeal laws that protect homosexual human rights; specifically in employment and housing. She described homosexuality as “tearing down the foundation of the family unit” and compared gays to prostitutes and thieves. She tried to convince the public that the traditional family was being threatened and that practicing or accepting homosexuality was blasphemy.
The film industry’s portrayal of African American people consists of countless stereotypes and inaccuracies. These depictions lead to an innumerable amount of misrepresentations about the African American community. As the latest wave of black films begins to dawn, the clearer the images become of a collective people. Using my personal
The media labels Latinos as “Latin Lovers” (oversexed seducers), the “Crook”, and thugs. As for the Asian population, Asian men are considered as geeks, math whizzes, and are viewed as non masculine. Usually, the only time Asian men are viewed as masculine is when they practice martial arts. Asian women can be considered to be one dimensional, sexualized representations, and can also shown as the “nerdy” type throughout multiple shows and films. Native American tropes include silent, stoic men or bloodthirsty warriors.
Harmful racial stereotypes have plagued the entertainment industry since blackface minstrel shows began in New York in the early 1800’s. Although the structure of minstrel shows changed over time; the images, blackface, and the caricatures of blacks continued. Early Hollywood films sustained the racist tradition of white actors performing in blackface with numerous silent movies that included white actors playing non-white characters in a particularly stereotypical fashion. Eventually non-white actors were allowed to play themselves in film, however they were cast in extremely prejudiced roles that degraded themselves like “the coon”, “the tom”, “the black buck” or “the mammy” for African American actors, and “the bandito”, “the greaser”, “Latin lover” or the “spitfire for Latino actors. Although there are some productive ambiguities within some of these roles, they are ultimately damaging.
Throughout this chapter, Korgen main arguments pertained to the media’s portrayal of Black and White biracial characters in movies. Typically the media portrays people with lighter skin to have more positive characteristics while people with darker skin more negative characteristics. Media is one first place young children get these images from and it can have a huge impression on them without even knowing it. They are placed within this social class of existence. “Viewers tend to pay the most attention to characters who share their age, race, and gender and those they wish they could be like” (Korgen, 2010, pg. 89). Biracial Americans go through the toughest scrutiny by both races on whether they fit into either group. I know my brother and sister have this issue from the time they were little especially my sister, she is lighter skinned and was never truly accepted by the black or white girls at school.
Media, defined as a mean of mass communication that reaches and influences the general audience. When the media is combined with moral theories, known as the guides for humans to figure out what actions are either right or wrong, it creates a balance in our entertainment about what is ethical or not to display on society. By having various Moral Theories and none of them being one 100 percent perfect, it causes humans to create their own satisfactory moral theory. My own satisfactory moral theory, in essence, is a combination of being able to take into consideration my personal relationships while still making an impact in my community, society and the world. Having morals in the media is what allows us to know when one may cross the line.
Stereotypes Presented in the Film The film touched base on different stereotypes that come with living in an area such as Crenshaw. When Tre was shown living with his mother, in the beginning of the film, it is seen that Tre gets into trouble at school. There was an incident where Trey and another student got into an altercation and Tre was suspended for 3 days. Later the same day, Tre gets home and his mother is on the phone discussing the issue with his teacher. The conversation between the teacher and Tre’s mother begins to escalate due to his mother feeling offended. This being that the teacher believes Tre is another student in her class that is a fatherless child, with a mother who is uneducated and struggling to pay her bills consistently.
The second video evidences how stereotype has been persuading children to think they should only play with kids of the same color of their skin, and when they are asked to why is the reason for this attitude, they mention because their parents doesn’t want them to associate with kids different race or color, but the kids because of their young age are programmed just to obey their parents. If a person has been influenced or raised by racist relatives the person has the choice to keep believing those stereotypes or overcome them by determining that stereotyping is only a detriment in forming social relationships. For example: putting yourself in the position of that person that is being stereotyped can help to understand what does the other person is feeling as it shows in the video with one girl who responded different from the other kids and decided that she was not going to be racist as her grandparents. Then In the medical field to offer quality of care one must be aware there are stereotypes that can influence in the way one provides care and that can be negative and harmful in regards to the patient.
The media does portray Latinos and other underrepresented groups in ways that lead to stereotypes. These stereotypes are portrayed in the news, films, and multiple television shows. These stereotypes are often damaging to the underrepresented group because of literal meaning people will take the stereotype. Television shows like Family Guy uses stereotypes or offensive terms in a joking matter, but these joking matters are viewed by various amount of people. For example, in Family guy there is a very popular Mexican maid by the name of Consuela. Consuela does not know proper English, demands cleaning supplies, has a son in jail, and steals. Do not worry for those who are not Mexican and feel left out; Family Guy harshly portrays basically
Stereotypes and Films This week, in Chapter 5 The Perceptual Context, we covered stereotypes. Stereotypes typically refer to membership in social categories such as sex, race, age, or profession, that are believed to be associated with certain traits and behaviors, as noted by Neuliep (2015). Stereotypes can often stem from an individual’s own perception and form one’s cultural upbringing. The film I am covering, as it relates to stereotypes is Think Like a Man. Think Like a Man is about four women who are at their wits end with dead road relationships. When the women discover Steve Harvey’s book, Think Like a Man, they began turning their relationships around. It becomes short lived when the guys figure out they have been betrayed by the
The philosophical zombie is the term given to a hypothetical humanlike creature that is void of conscious experience. This zombie is not your usual ‘man eating, walking dead’ that you would usually find at the movies. According to David Chalmers’ interpretation, this zombie is like having an identical twin in every aspect. This twin looks and behaves exactly like you, dresses and eats like you too. However, you may savor the taste of good wine, smile at the aroma of coffee, marvel at the sky or contemplate your next move in a game of chess. You might feel the sensation of pain in your legs from running a few days ago, or recall a funny event that occurred a few years ago. This zombie twin on the other hand is made up of identical characteristics that are physically, functionally, behaviourally, psychologically identical to you. The zombie is even conscious in a functional sense, which is to say that she sleeps and wakes, is able to speak, and even provide feedback on her internal states, etc.
The emergence of this movie also shows us that there is an initiative on the part of film directors to shape society’s view on gays. Especially since a lot of people misunderstand them because they don’t take that initiative to see that they only differ in preference and not necessarily in their genetic makeup. With this in mind it should also be noted that as these directors and other organizations make those initiatives, people will be more likely to understand and accept others’ differences and eventually coexists without prejudice and violence.
Hitchcock uses camera shots and breaking the stereotype of his characters to intensify the film’s plot.
‘À ce moment’ - Reflective Analysis: When choosing which creative piece of work to produce, I felt a screenplay would allow me to explore contemporary issues through means which otherwise would be difficult to compose. Personally I believe the elements of a film which can be established within an opening sequence
I see your point that Hollywood writers and directors does not have sole obligation to avoid ethnic stereotypes but they just cause problems for our society. It its not illegal however it is morally wrong since it is affecting everyone. If they pursue to insult a particular ethnicity it just causes an embarrassment to that particular race. Writers and directors of movies are tremendous impact in society in plot of their story there is a message that people receive. IF that message is regarding stereotypes of an ethnicity then it is not right. Therefore, they should be held responsible for whatever outcome of their production. Individuals gets bullied or criticized due to writers and directors of movies advocating racial stereotypes.