Week 4 Student Responses

Read these below responses for the question and provide an answer- address each student as if you were talking to them directly and give them your opinion on their response to the question- three separate answers for these three students.

this isnt hard JUST READ THE QUESTION- READ EACH STUDENTS RESPONSE AND WRITE A SHORT RESPONSE TO EACH STUDENT WITH YOUR THOUGHTS ON THEIR ANSWER TO THE QUESTION

 

Topic 4 DQ 2

Select a current TV show or movie. Analyze the development and portrayal of the characters in the movie or show. Are stereotypes present? What are some potential consequences that these portrayals or stereotypes may have on society?

Dorothy P.    2 postsRe: Topic 4 DQ 2

The current Tv show that analyzes the development and portrayal of the character is the tv show “Two and a Half Men”. In this show, the Liberal feminists believe that the media generally depicts women as wives, mother-daughter, or a sex object. The main protagonist of the series, Charlie Harper, is a rich jingle composer who lives in a mansion. Charlie is a womanizer who hooks up with women who are slim, sexy, and exceptionally beautiful. Megan Fox one of the starring sex symbols, plays the part in the episode Camel Filters, as a sixteen-year-old girl with a poor educational background, when she first steps in the house in Charlie’s house, full of male genders, they all are drooling over her. This is a good example of a male gaze. “The audience views the portrayal of women mainly through Charlie’s perspective. Megan Fox’s appearance in the episode carries a strong erotic impact as the camera focuses on her body, particularly when she is sunbathing in her bikini on Charlie’s terrace, rather than giving us close shots of her face. Similarly, Boyle (2005) maintains that “physical appearance and dress are recurring concerns” in the portrayal of women in the media which “replicate the construction of women as objects of the male gaze in mainstream media”. The women characters who play minor roles are also categorized into stereotypical roles

The consequences that this tv seriously portrays on society is that the main female characters in the tv show bring out women’s weakness and negative personality rather than their strengths, says Boyle (2005). The show shows portray women as objects of sexual pleasure for male protagonists, and they are not looked at as Mothers, and they are denied to have voices of their own. So women in media will think to get a good male figure I will have to look like the models in the show.

Elizabeth R.  1 postsRe: Topic 4 DQ 2

Topic 4 DQ2

The movie is “Peter Pan”. This movie very popular reflects the worst offender. The depiction of Native Americans is shown in the song entitled “What Makes the Red Man Red”. The lyrics of this song are very offensive, drawing on racial stereotypes by calling Native Americans offensive words and giving the characters literal red skin. Disney, “a scene from the 1953 animated movie “Peter Pan,” Disney’s website states: “The film portrays Native people in a stereotypical manner that reflects neither the diversity of Native peoples nor their authentic cultural traditions.”

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/racist-history-peter-pan-indian-tribe-180953500/

Same in the movie The Lone Ranger (2013), this film was very hard to separate the stereotypical and hurtful from the bad scrip. According to King (2014), “There are a few key observations to make concerning Native American representations in The Lone Ranger, but first, it is important to this discussion to understand stereotypes that have already been established through films in the past. In one sense the Native Americans are portrayed as violent, but not unnecessarily – they are not the ones victimizing, the white men are” (pp.58-59).

In my opinion is difficult to change the mind of society about stereotypes. Media has a huge reach in society and is a key filter through which people learn about each other, yet countless studies demonstrate that these media continue to reproduce ethnic and racial stereotypes, with often harmful effects. On YouTube, I found this report from ABC News Good Morning America, in this survey and discusses ABC News about stereotypes, parents, and children gave their opinion.

Danielle C. 1 postsRe: Topic 4 DQ 2

Power Book II: Ghost is a spin-off television show from the hit Starz series, Power. The development of the characters evolved from the events and plot twist of the original series; however, the spin-off is centered around the main character Tariq St. Patrick. Tariq is the son of a deceased drug lord and candidate for Lieutenant Governor of New York, James ‘Ghost’ St. Patrick. The St. Patricks’ are an African American family from Queens, New York who portrays the successful escape from hard times and moved to the upper east side into a penthouse… typical. They droved the finest cars, wore designer clothes, socialized with the upper class, and their children attended the best private schools. They owned several legitimate businesses to clean the dirty money they earned selling narcotics. The show is the epitome of how many assume Black Americans gain wealth and conduct themselves once they have reached a particular status. It is basically a live stereotype.

Consequently, like father, like son… despite several failed attempts, Tariq has followed in his father’s footsteps. He is moving weight (drugs) and changing the rules of the business as he sees fit to ensure things go accordingly for his benefit. He is selling drugs on his ivy league college campus, Stansfield, to take care of himself and pay a defense attorney for his mother ‘Tasha St. Patrick’ who is currently awaiting trial for allegedly killing her husband, James St. Patrick.

Throughout the show Tariq reframes from sharing information with his roommate and business partner Brayden. He has found himself in an ongoing generational cycle of drug dealing and as the story unfolds the audience can see the similarities between Ghost and Tariq.

The potential consequences portrayed in the storyline affects society because once again it is a representation of how Black Americans are mainly presented in television. They are typically drug dealers who escape poverty and spend their money on flashy materialistic things with high hopes of breaking generational cycles and curses until the climax of the show when they are caught by the police or murdered in the streets.

Gulla and Jha explains that diversity in television matters. “First, all of society benefits from diverse points of view and one of the best ways to guarantee that is to have owners, managers, producers, and performers drawn from all segments of society. Second, children take their cues from television.” Gulla, & Jha (2019)

The principle that Ghost missed while attempting to father his son is the importance of parenting by example. He believed that removing his family from Queens and providing them with the finer things in life would teach his son how to be a successful black man. The reality is that his son needed a role model that he could mirror, not a distant father telling him to ignore the daily visuals in their home and become a man that he had never seen before.

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