This blog is just a final goodbye and to thank Professor Everbach for everything she’s showed us this semester. I also would like to thank our teachers aid, for being there and grading our projects and exams. In this class I learned the true secrets of disney movies that I’ll always think about whenever I look at a disney film. To me that was one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned since I’ve been alive. To see all the misinterpretation of races and ethnicities be brought out all over the world is something I’ll always remember learning in this class. It really affected me a lot to think of all of my favorite Disney movies and now recognize all the wrong that it has in it. I can only hope that it changes sometime soon and that we start getting the correct portrayals and presentations of races and ethnicities in Disney films. Once again I thank you Professor Everbach for this wonderful class and hope that you have much success in the future.
Happy Thanksgiving! I just came on here today to talk about a commercial i saw on tv today, so this won’t be a long post. Today I was watching the football game of course and noticed a commercial I saw that was really interesting to me. The commercial between Anthony Anderson and the woman who played Sabrina the teenage witch. I thought the commercial was a little silly, but I also kind of felt like they were really kind of forcing themselves to be comfortable. I don’t know why I feel this way, but they don’t look like they’re enjoying working with each other. The commercial itself for one is kinda boring, but the chemistry that these two have together doesn’t seem all that hot and that makes the commercial a little more boing to me. It was almost uncomfortable to watch. Nevertheless, i hope you all have a nice Thanksgiving and see you in class on the Fourth!
This day will go down in history as most days like this does. It’s surprising because I didn’t expect a different result as most of my peers did. I wasn’t surprised by the choice at all, it just seems that right now this is how the world is and we have to embrace it as much as we can before going insane. I can’t imagine the pain his family must feel as they heard the news, I think most of the hurt is that they had hope that the man that committed the crime would surely be punished for it. To see and know that he won’t is what I feel is the most heart breaking. To watch someone you love grow up and have a chance in the world to make something out of his self and then to have his life taken away is something surely depressing. There’s not much more that I can say on this subject. I needed to get it out at some point and time.
Today in my African American Literature class we discussed Africans in media. It reminded of my journalism class because some of the ideas that were brought up were some of the things that we’ve talked about in the class. Like one of my classmates brought up the fact almost all of the African Actors in movies are portrayed as criminals and ghetto. While that’s true one of my other classmates also brought up how caucasians are always portrayed in tv shows as psycho killers and worse, but we don’t see anyone complaining about that. He was basically asking why African Americans always talk about being portrayed in a negative way when there are other cultures that are portrayed badly too. It led to a really good debate as people shared their insight on why they thought African Americans felt that certain way. This discussion made me think of why we felt this way and I came to the conclusion that I myself found this irritating because of everything that is associated with African Americans color. I always remember the color scheme that literature has. How white is pure and black is dirty, then I started to remember movies that basically always have the antagonist either in black or it’s always dark when they’re performing their dirty acts. As these things begin to infiltrate my mind it became clearer why this bothered me so much. This angers me so much because it just kills everything that African Americans have accomplished. Like to accomplish the things that African Americans have accomplished and at any moment be taking back and be associated with a color thats considered horrible in literature and on tv and in movies is something that is hard to see and understand. It makes no sense as to why it has to be that way. I can only hope that the color scheme in literature has some type of change soon. It would give a new prospective on so many things.
Today’s lecture was about hispanics and latinos and how they are portrayed in the media. We learned that Caucasians are rapidly becoming the minority in Texas. It’s projected that they will be the minority in the next few years. Something that stuck out to me was when Professor Everbach read that “No person can be illegal” it really impacted me because I have a lot of friends that are hispanic and even though i might not know if they were legally born here this kind of gives me something to talk to them about and figure out ways to make them feel better about either them or their family being “Illegally” here in America. We talked about a lot of different things that people in American say about immigrants and some of the names that they are called. We also talked about “DATKA” and how people are trying to say that as soon as President Obama leaves office that they are going to do away with the “DATKA” act. DATKA is the act of taking the immigrants that are brought over when they are young being put into cells that are away from the people in America, but at least they are getting to stay in America. With these immigrants being brought over of course it’s easy to see that people in America wouldn’t like it. People of power took to the media saying that these immigrants are bringing in a lot of diseases so we shouldn’t let them say. In my opinion, I feel that immigrants help out a lot.Yeah they take up a lot of the jobs, but that fact alone makes it possible for the Government and President to create more jobs in the US. The more jobs we have the more money we’re making and we don’t even think about all of the great culture values that these immigrants could bring over and show us. I feel that if they aren’t trying to take over the nation and they aren’t a threat to us then they should be able to stay and live life freely in the way that we mostly do. The video that we watched today was about illegal immigrants coming into the country and how they are negatively portrayed by the media. Many ways that they are portrayed are through cartoons, video games, and in motion pictures. In the end it’s really sad that immigrants have to go through all of this just to be accepted into a nation that preaches how free choice is everything to them, but they won’t allow it to anyone else that’s outside the country unless its making the country some money. That is truly sad.
In class today we discussed Men and male stereotypes along with Native Americans. This discussion brought up a nice little debate on if we thought that certain mascots were insulting to a certain culture and race. I think we could use a change in names to fit the era we are in currently today. Even though a lot of these team names are traditional, when you think about it these names can be offensive to that certain race. We also watched a documentary about men and the stereotypes that they have and how unfair it is for the men that don’t fit the description. They also talked about the shootings that have been happening for a while now and how they have all been by men. It also talked about how gender isn’t a factor when it comes to women or different races. When talking about the shootings that we are having in our society today, they mentioned that the entertainment and the gun businesses were at war with each other when it came down to who to blame for the violence in our society. This film was really interesting and influential at the same time.
The next part of class we talked about the two stories we read at home. Then that led into stereotypes of lesbians and gay men. From there we went into how you have to be masculine in America even if you’re a gay man so you can get the respect you feel that you deserve. That led into multiple stories of people’s experiences of helping people come to terms with who it is that they are. Also they spoke on their own experiences about accepting themselves whenever they thought that they were homosexual or not.The “Celluloid Closet” was a very interesting movie. I might actually re-watch it to see what else that I missed. I usually learn more when I re-watch things.