Episode 7: Disability Representation Examples!

Hi friends,

This is a Part 2 to my Disability Representation video.
Watch Part 1 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3L9KhoUOdM&t=5s

In this second part, I discuss three examples of moderate to good TV shows that have people with disabilities. These shows are Glee, Switched at Birth, and Speechless. What do you think of these shows? Have you seen them? Tell me about them in the comments!

 

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Episode 5: Older Adult Representation!

Good afternoon everyone,

For my fifth video, I talk about the dichotomies of older adults in media and the ageism we see in film and television. My question today is “Do you feel like the older adults on TV represent–depending on your age–you, your parents, or your grandparents or do they miss the mark?”

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Ridicule: Creating the Great American Enemy

I would venture to guess that some white Americans may think that there are no more ridicule roles 1 for minorities in American media. There’s been so much improvement! How could there possibly be one group that still plays the villain all the time? The willful ignorance of some people will never cease to amaze me. Because there is a group that is still put in that box. It happens so often that it might even seem normal to us now: the Middle Eastern Terrorist.

The terrorist role is the strongest ridicule role we have in American media today. With the War on Terror post-9/11, people from the Middle East are the easiest demographic to make a villain. That is not when that stereotype started since there were other conflicts in the region before then, but it has continued to grow rapidly since 9/11 and the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. It is seen as patriotic and noble to defeat a terrorist. The Middle Eastern terrorist is a villain that gets little to no sympathy. Only media that makes a point to generate empathy for the terrorist does so. Most media makes them nameless, barbaric, and jihad-obsessed war mongers. This is simply unfair and incorrect.

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Case Study: Beauty & the Beast (2017)

Beauty and the Beast was recently re-made as a live action movie by the Disney corporation. About a week before the movie opened, news ran through the Internet claiming that there was going to be a a gay character in this live adaptation. Initially, the Internet and I cheered! Hooray! Finally, a canon, purposely-created gay character by a big mainstream company like Disney. This news came from an interview where Director Bill Condon said that LeFou “is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston.” While the general Buzzfeed-like sources made celebratory videos about this representation, others took a more critical lens. Another gay character that pines for a straight person? Cue iconic (and sarcastic) Devil Wears Prada line: Groundbreaking. Also, the first gay Disney character? That couple in Frozen didn’t count, I guess. Plus, his name means the fool. Thanks for that one, Disney. I’m sure the queer community feels great about that. Overall, this seemed like it would just be another ridicule role for the LGBT+ community. So, I decided to take a look and decide for myself. Warning: spoilers ahead.

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Non-Cognition: Native Americans and Longstanding Invisibility

In this world of being constantly bombarded with images and information, it might be hard to imagine that invisibility is still an option. It is and there is one group that has been most thoroughly subject to non-cognition in American media: Native Americans. The most common form of Native American representation is in the form of ‘Indians’ in old Westerns. It is an old historical context that is misrepresented in many ways. The roles of Native Americans in these movies and shows are sometimes even played by white people. 1 This is especially true if the character has lines or a major role.

THE LONE RANGER
Modern example of white people playing Native Americans. Johnny Depp as Tonto (left) (but I didn’t really have to clarify, did I?) in The Lone Ranger, 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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