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Media Stereotype

A T.V show I have been watching recently that has stereotypes is Called “Bleach”. The show is a Japanese anime that involves a group of sword wielding warriors who fight evil sprits; these warriors are called Soul Reapers. The stereotype that I have found in this show is that the men Soul Reapers are signify stronger then the women Soul Reapers and the men always have to come and rescue the women. This stereotype has to do with gender because it is making the men stronger then the women and making them always needing the men to save them. This is apart of the show because it is trying to make them men seem the strongest and most important in the show.   The stereotype can influence the audience perception on women. It can make them seem weak and not able to get things done, it may also cause male viewers to see themselves as better and that women will need them, and for female views it may make them see themselves as weak and no trusting in their abilities or what they are able to do. So this stereotype can both be a positive and negative influence. It can be positive in boy’s eyes and it can be negative in girl’s eyes.

A second example of this can be from the T.V show “South Park” and it had to do with economic class. In of the episodes that I saw the other day Cartman was making fun of Kenny for being poor, he was saying sense he was poor he had a lot of dieses such as herpes, hepatitis, and lice (which everyone was being tested for). Then he kept just making fun of him for being poor and everyone was saying it was him with the lice cause he was poor. This doing with economic class stereotype, and is seen mostly as a negative stereotype. This was put into the show to make fun and have something to talk about for the episode, but also it was being used to help raise awareness to the problem, because everyone in the class had it and it had nothing to do with his economic class. It may not come out that bad to the audience in this case however because at the end it shows that how much money you have is not the problem and just how clean you are. So it will show them that just because someone has less money they can still be in the same situation as you and have the same things so do not treat them differently. However some may not have seen the whole episode and still just thought of people with less money as dirty and gross.

The last example of a stereotype that I have seen recently came from a song that I listen to by Kodak Black called “Chances” in the beginning of the song Kodak raps this verse …..

“Damn!
There them cracker go again
Freeze let me see your hands
Shit ain’t go the way I plan
Niggas out here taking chances
Out here you gotta take a chance”

What he means is that him going out as a black man he is always taking “chances” of losing his life because he is a black man. This has to do with a race stereotype, and in this case it is seen as a negative one. It is negative because its saying if your black you are always as chance of losing your life to police or being mistreated by police. He talks about it in the song because this is a part of his everyday life and he would like to bring awareness to it, epically with all that is going on in today society. I think people can react in two different ways about this. People who don’t know what its like can think he’s hyping things up to much and that its not to bad, or they can understand what he is saying and show remorse and try and do things to help out.

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Video Influnce

My t.v selection has been very limited over the past year, however for this project I have made an effort to watch t.v over the last few days and take notes on them. Normally I only watch football and basketball but for this I watched old show that I use to watch, so in addition to basketball and football I also have been watching Family Guy, South Park, American Dad, Boondocks,Naruto and Bleach.

Several of the shows have an influence on people and they also talk about many issues even tho most times they are poking fun at it, it helps ease some tension up about the events or issues. Like how American dad talks about things like the government and secret government agents. Or how family guy talks about political and environment issues.

However the show I want to focus on was The Boondocks, they deal with many issues, but the main one is racism and this is very relevant with the world today as well as in our class.  It has hints or racism when they make fun of one the charters for being black and having a white wife and a mixed child. In addition to that there is a black charter who hates all other blacks, as well as the show uses the “n” word quite frequently.

Why I dont feel that this show influences people to be racist, it also makes light of the situation so people may feel that is okay. I feel the only way people could really be influence to become racist  from this show is if they were already a little racist and they feel that this show made it okay.

Lil Yachty the Lil Boat

Lil Yachty is a new “rapper” who has bust out on the scene over the last year or so. However he gets alot of criticism for not being a real “rapper” because he does not always have clear lyrics which makes him very hard to understand, thus many people have called his music “Mumble Rap”. How ever Yachty has a different view of this, he does not consider himself a rapper but a entertainer, and considers his music “Bubble Gum Trap”. He says he has different sounds and melodies which makes him different and makes people not like his music.

Just as unusual as Lil Yachty’s music is, was how most of his music was discovered, it all had to do with media and social media. It all began with one of his first popular songs “1night” it was used on a Vine that became very popular and “revined” over and over again which led to this song becoming the top searched song on the app “shazam”.  This causing him to become one of the more popular artist for the time being, but all of this success came from the media and social media.

 

With Lil Yachty’s rise in popularity he got more and more following which lead to him to being featured on the 2016 XXL Freshmen Cover. This is a annual magazine that  features the newest up and coming rappers for the year and gives them spot light and coverage. Yachty was among those voted on purely from social media.

In addition to Yachty’s different sound and different music social media also gives him alot of attention for his unique look and his unique personality. For one he had bright red hair and still wears beads on his braids, so the look alone gets the medias attention alot which helps push  Yachty’s music and gets him more plays and views. Aside from his look being unique style and personality which can be seen in many of his music videos, which also gets social media talking about him more.

The self proclaimed “King of the Teens” Yachty  is very social media driven while he has a huge support system and fan base which support him at concerts and social media, thats basically where it ends. Lil Yachty’s music does not make it on the radio much which means he must rely on social media sites to stay relevant, Such as Twitter, Instagram, Sound Cloud, Spinrilla and other music apps. Having this much success purely with the power of the media and social media show how truly powerful of a tool they are.

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