Ultimately, the show was shut down in 1953 due to a formal protest by the NAACP.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
David Crane and Marta Kauffman's beloved masterpiece may be one of the biggest television hits of all time, but it definitely lacks one thing: color. The show centers around 6 best friends living in New York City, yet none of them are racially diverse. At one point, NBC's Friends (1994-2004) got such negative feedback from minority groups that many people began to stop watching it. Holly Robinson Peete, an American actress and singer felt so strongly about the lack of color that she called for a boycott of the show in 2003.
Posted by NM at 10:42 PM
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Apu Nahasapeemepetilon's character from The Simpsons (1989-Present), serves as a representation of a minority who is racially stereotyped in a negative way. Throughout the episodes, the show makes fun of the fact that Apu has an arranged marriage, lots of children, strange religious practices, a strong Indian accent, and a nack for cheating his customers at Kwik-E-Mart. In the clip posted below, Apu's play off the quote "party like its 1999" was turned into "party like it's on sale for $19.99" to highlight Apu's cheap taste and his misunderstanding of popular terms in American culture. Ultimately, Apu's character is criticized for representing Indian-Americans in a very negative manner.
Posted by NM at 10:30 PM
Monday, June 4, 2012
In The Simpsons (1989-Present) episode "Blame it on Lisa," the Simpsons' family takes a trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They travel here to find an orphan child who Lisa has helped through donations. Unfortunately, the young boy used Lisa's money to buy shoes and dance samba. Throughout this show a variety of things happen to them in Brazil: wild animals are sold on the streets, Homer is robbed by children while he was asking for information, and finally Homer is even kidnapped and brought as a hostage to Amazonia to await payment before being rescued. While the rest of the family tries to figure out how to get the ransom money, they run into Lisa's orphan friend who is working at Carnival's parade. The orphan then gives them the money to pay the kidnappers.
Posted by NM at 1:11 PM
Sunday, June 3, 2012
One of the most racially-targeted characters on Fox's Family Guy (1998-Present) is the Consuela character, the Griffins' hispanic maid. In addition to Consuela having a traditional hispanic name and working as a housemaid, she is displayed as very unintelligent and unable to speak English.
For more examples of Consuela's negatively perpetuated hispanic stereotype, watch the "Consuela compilation" below. In one excerpt of the clip, Brian tells Conseula that he is "missing about 1000 dollars in play money," to which Consuela admits to stealing. Brian's accusation that the hispanic maid stole his play money as well as Consuela's admittance to stealing serve as another example of the shows tendency to negatively perpetuate racial stereotypes!
Posted by NM at 12:52 PM
Family Guy (1998-Present), an American animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane for Fox, centers around the Griffins and their pet dog Brian. While the television series has been praised by critics (nominated for 12 Primetime Emmy Awards and 11 Annie Awards, and has won three of each), it has been criticized for playing off racial stereotypes for comedic purposes. For example, in the clip below the portrayal of Nascar in China plays off of the racial stereotype that Asians are bad drivers. This is one of the many examples of Family Guy using negative Asian stereotypes to get a laugh from its audiences.
Posted by NM at 12:39 PM
Saturday, June 2, 2012
At the end of one of Glee's (2009-Present) most racially-charged episodes yet, they featured and ad which was aimed at confronting the racist accusations they have been receiving from critics. In this commercial, different actors come out and acknowledge their racial slurs. At the end, the advertisement features the quote "Spread the word to end the word." However, by 'spreading the word' are not you in turn giving it more power?
Posted by NM at 11:22 PM