Multimedia StoryTelling

By the students of MCJ300 at The University of Southern Mississippi

Serious Random Foolishness and Misrepresentation.

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In an industry as biased and influential as the entertainment industry, stereotypes are everywhere. In some cases we are so used to them that we do not even notice it. For example, in television shows where the cast is “diverse” usually the African American character(s) is either very loud and/ or ghetto, has a criminal past or is broadcasted in some type of negative light. The  asian/ oriental character(s) are usually portrayed to be very wise, and usually quiet; although that is not a bad thing, it is still a stereotype. The caucasian character tends to be viewed as “normal”, and usually goes through things everybody can relate to. The hispanic character is primarily a working class citizen, usually without a college degree. In the show “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta”, a series filmed by television network VH1 they portrayed us as a community with dysfunctional relationships, uncontrollable tempers and a strong attachment to liquor. Personally, that is not how I would choose to be represented. In shows like “Roseanne” , “Friends” and “According to Jim”, the characters (which are caucasian) are primarily faced with everyday situations that the average person deals with, hence a sense of normalcy is associated with them. In shows like “George Lopez”, he is the stereotypical working class hispanic citizen trying to do better for his kids than his mother did for him, and while there are a few racial components the show is based on a normal family. This process is referred to as: commodification , which is basically making various groups marketable to mainstream society. Although, I understand portraying groups differently and to extremes is what peaks interests and sells, but I personally do not like the way the group that I am identified with is portrayed by the media and entertainment industry because I as an individual do not behave in that manner, and do not appreciate being misrepresented.


Written by alaiyabenjamin

November 6, 2012 at 4:45 am

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  1. You raise a lot of good points of the harm of stereotypes in the media. And it goes beyond race. When you think about some of the recent reality shows about the south, they are alarmingly stereotypical. For people who have never been to a place or met a person different from them, they may assume media reports are true. Which makes them dangerous.


    November 6, 2012 at 4:35 pm

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