It’s more about HOW and WHY something is used than that the trope or character element is there. While the latter is important, the former really shapes ideas.
We get more representation of marginalized identities in TV and Film. But then, they play really harmful tropes and, naturally, it gets analyze and criticized. Response is always “well if they didn’t have these characters you’d be mad anyway.”
For example: EVERY TIME someone says ANYTHING about Disney and race, there is always the “but the had Tiana, Jasmine and Mulan, what more do you want?”
Which is basically saying “well you wanted more people who look like you on TV, and now you want to complain because it paints you in a light you don’t agree with?”
Once in an African American History class the professor (more or less) asked if Hattie McDaniel was wrong for being proud of being a black woman who won an oscar because she played Maids. Everyone ignores the white male executives that make up the academy. The casting call flyers that specifically ask for white actors only. The fact that they even hire white actors to play figures that historically, were people of color.
Yes, in this case, we are allowed to get it both ways. This shouldn’t even be a discussion.
we have to defend our right to see characters that look like us on TV, at the same time justifying why we’re allowed to have a say on how we are portrayed.
No, but seriously.
I’m at the point where I’m constantly noticing random POC in TV shows. But they’re always
1) random “in one scene and will never be seen again” types or
2) the token POC who seems to just be there to be there or
3) recently there’s been a trend of POC in TV having affairs with other white characters.
The last point strikes a strange cord with me. The short answer is just, as a black woman it’s hard to see the first black people I get to see on TV exclusively dating nothing but white people. Yes black people who date non black people are real and yes that is their choice but I can’t ignore that the only way I can see Meagan Good Kerry Washington and even Mindy Kaling on TV is when they’re in relationships with white men. And now I’m watching House of Cards and *spoiler alert* the one black male character I know of so far is *surprise* in a relationship with white woman.
Let me be clear, the reason why it makes me uncomfortable goes beyond the surface. From the way I see it, this relates basic stereotypical notions of black sexuality in the white gaze. Who is the sexual conquest in these situations? What tropes do the writers draw from when they make these connections? It’s not just the affairs that bother me, but the context and execution.
Because I’m basing this off my experience of binge watching House of Cards today I’ll based my explanation off the show. In season 1 I felt like there was a lack of female characters talking to each other in a way that didn’t either 1) discuss other men and 2) pit them in competition with another.
Now I’m beginning to see more female relationships, but relationships across POC Are actually non-existent. There seriously needs to be more work done about this across all TV. I can’t continue to settle for the random background POC who never show up again.
While I will admit that it brings me brief joy to see a random woman with glorious natural hair to walk into a scene, it makes me angry to feel grateful for the silver screen version of table scraps.
This POC bechdel test needs to happen soon and I’ll be excited when it picks up. I’ll continue to thinking about what it means and how to make it real..,
Though Catalogue - 10 Things You Should Never Say To A Woman In Her 20s | http://thoughtcatalog.com/2013/10-things-you-should-never-say-to-a-woman-in-her-20s/
I had to post this. They took the words directly out of my brain. I always have to awkwardly avoid conversations with people who know I’m a feminist who want to immediately talk about 30 rock or parks and rec or the mindy project. Sorry, I can’t keep up with the latest middle class enlightened comedies out there. I respect the fact that women are taking a bigger portion of the comedy pie, but…
does one exist?
Seriously - what happened to the 90s? In the first 5 seconds I see a black man as “superman” someone standing up for the dignity of WOC, and MORE than two young people of color of stage at the same time.
Seriously, WHAT HAPPENED?
The more I see Nickeloeon play 90s favorites, I just lament on how GOOD diversity was done in the 90s and how we *know more* now but are doing so much worse on a larger scale when it comes to representation.
Children were the future and we fucked shit up
Basically white men who go around to random countries and judging their food through the most western lens possible.
Shows like Bizarre Foods (which I’ve watched for years honestly, just because I’m weird and like to watch people eat food…) is actually really condescending. The host, Andrew, just goes around and either mocks the people for the strange food that they eat, or act like him eating the food is the stamp of approval. It doesn’t matter that the fact that an entire country/culture is built off of these food staples - they’re already marked “bizarre” by the show title. Or he’ll go to a family’s house that doesn’t speak English and awkwardly eat their food/have condescending commentary on the food they eat on a daily basis. OR he will literally tell people to their face how foul/disgusting/not good something is. But he’d say “but I defend your right to eat it!” a if that erases the stigma you placed on their way of life.
No reservations with Anthony Bourdain: I’ve actually haven’t seen this for too long, but i still find it interesting. He goes to other countries and comments on their food as if his stamp of approval is needed. Don’t get me wrong, I bet the families, markets, restaurants that feature these shows get much needed exposure and business because of it. I’VE been to a restaurant just because I saw it on travel channel (man vs food) BUUTTT that doesn’t mean I can’t comment on the context. There was one episode where Anthony Bourdain was on Columbia and was amazed at how GREAT the food was. And was telling this one restaurant how their food is so amazing. Maybe it’s because I live on Texas and know Colombians and know S. American food is amazing - but I was just like “well… Duh columbian food is good as hell”. But I couldn’t help but notice how these places aren’t recognized has true culinary hot spots until *certain people* validate their existence.
Man vs. Food: just makes me want to eat everything…Edit: except when I see him eat peppers. Like, my family keeps habanero peppers in the freezer and he *literally* regards them as grenades … #nigerianproblems
I’m not one of those “these women are shaming the race” people. Cause there are shows that feed on drama and scandal for every race. But when for WOC, there is ONLY these type of shows. So I understand the frustration. But people like watching drama. That why soap operas were in business for DECADES.
But I guess the subject matter of Love & Hip Hop this season hits too close to home for me. It makes me to upset when I watch it. To think that the apex of diversity on TV is concentrated in shows like this and NOTHING ELSE just goes to show that the perceived flaws “endemic” to our community is put on blast while the rest of ‘normal TV’ is extra sanitized?
This trend is nonsense.