Ben wrote: ↑
June 27th, 2020, 6:14 am
And how are all the Cheech & Chong movies NOT stereotypical!!?!!?!???
Yes, exactly. And if you think about it...like 99.9999% of ALL celebrity personalities have been at least SOMEWHAT based on ethnic/racial stereotypes.
I mean....hello? Seinfeld ring a bell?? What about Eddie Murphy? Mel Brooks? Will Smith? Jeff Goldblum? Robert De Niro? Seriously, I mean how would you come up with the “perfect” character that’s both representative of his/her background and yet COMPLETELY free of every single single mannerism/accent/characteristic that is popularly associated with that race or ethnicity, and still craft something remotely entertaining with believable, relatable characters?
Also who gets to decide what the “perfect” or “acceptable” tv/movie character is supposed to be like? How much should the potential character’s physical appearance (skin tone, etc...) reflect their race, and how much would be “stereotypical”? I wouldn’t want the job of having to make these decisions and then almost certainly getting criticized no matter WHAT I come up with.
Can’t imagine how certain bits of pop culture will fare from now on: as much as I love Independence Day (1996), I admit it has some stereotypes of certain groups that aren’t always flattering,
but I don’t see anything wrong with simply enjoying it for its entertainment value.
One thing that has always helped keep racism at bay, at least to some extent, is PEOPLE INTERACTING TOGETHER EVERY DAY AS HUMAN BEINGS. In schools, in neighborhoods, in universities. In my opinion those experiences are a MILLION times more powerful than a stereotypical character in some animated or live-action movie one of those people might have seen as a kid.
Separation and categorization will NOT bring unity and understanding. It will invariably do the opposite.