Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Stereotypes: Racism

The role of stereotypes have definitely changed throughout the years as our society has become more accepting and "equal". Pop culture has evolved into a very accepting scene, where it didn't matter what the color of your skin was or where you came from. Many advertisers even try to promote the idea of unity and the freedom to express yourself. Today, we see more television shows and movies that consists a variety of races; however, though many people share the same screen, most of the time it is still a white dominated situation. While the media tries to prove to its audience that they are culturally diverse, it still lacks improvement on portraying equality, rather than making white individuals the dominant character. That is why entertainment today is still categorized or separated by our race. As stated in the NY Times article Broadcasting a World of Whiteness, "Television is nowhere near diverse enough — not in its actors, its writers or its show runners. The problems identified by critics of “Girls” are systemic, traceable to network executives who greenlight shows and shoot down plenty of others. It’s at that level that diversity stands or falls."

Have you ever watched any film or show and noticed that, though they claim to be culturally diverse, there is always at least ONE of every race and more of a white dominance? Popular shows today like Hart of Dixie, Glee, The Vampire Diaries, and Grey's Anatomy all have a variety of characters on the show, but it's still a white dominant show, or at least the whites will be the higher or main characters. Even back in the day, cartoons like Rugrats, Hey Arnold, and Recess depict a white dominance. Not that I'm hating on these shows, because they are a few my favorite shows, but I'm just saying.

It's really funny how we say we are united, but at the same time, we are separated.  For instance, channels such as BET (Black Entertainment Television), you don't see shows such as Friends or Seinfeld on there, that's just crazy. So when it comes to TV shows like My Wife and Kids or any of the Tyler Perry films, they are technically considered "black comedy" or "black entertainment". But what IS "black humor"? What's the difference between their humor and the humor you see on Friends? Isn't comedy JUST comedy, for the joy of laughter? Or dramas JUST dramas? Other than the color of our skins, it doesn't really make that much of a difference. It's clearly just the fact that our own kind would like to see more of ourselves in the public eye, and therefore created separate channels strictly showing MAINLY one race. I feel that even over time, there will not be that much of shift in changing who we see more in entertainment, and that there will always be these separate channels.

1 comment:

  1. good post, Thao. It's interesting that you highlight segmentation within the TV sector. What about the ads on these channels? Are they diverse?