Animated Racism – Double Standards in Television Networks

Keu Reyes makes some good points in this post. However I still personally feel that these cartoon stereotypes based on real groups of people in society only help to feed people with the wrong information about a particular culture. The Cleveland show is a prime example. Cartoons and comedy can and should relate to real life but when racism is portrayed as acceptable jokes and this is copied in real life it can lead to misjudgements of individuals. Does making racist comedy shows about every race really make the situation better? I’m having trouble believing this. I’m not expecting racism to vanish from our tv screens though, especially in society where profit takes priority over respect and laziness over ‘intelligent’ comedy.

Keu Reyes

cleveland showWho’s allowed to make fun of you? That’s what it comes down to in television political correctness. This post isn’t to debate the rights and wrongs of racism, but instead I’d like to point out the double-standards of the acceptability of racism in television. I personally think that the right amount of racism at the right time could be quite funny. Sometimes we need to laugh at ourselves in order to realize that maybe we could improve our behavior.

But who’s allowed to make fun of an individual or group of people? Could a White person make fun of a Black or Latino person – without repercussions?  Well, it already happens all the time in Family Guy and South Park. On the other side of the coin, could a Latino or Black person make fun of Asians? or Middle Easterners? or White People? Yes, of course, but you only see that…

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2 thoughts on “Animated Racism – Double Standards in Television Networks

  1. Keu Reyes says:

    Thank you for checking it out. I can see how it’s easy to be skeptic that any change could or would happen when it comes to racism on TV, especially in cartoons. I think a lot has changed since the truly, blatantly racist cartoons in the 60’s and 70’s. The problem is that there’s not a leveled playing field in television. I wouldn’t want to censor people who have the platform, because I wouldn’t want to be censored myself if I was in their shoes. Nonetheless, I think there’s plenty of room for ‘intelligent’ comedy – the issue is that people have to demand it with their viewing habits.

  2. eveemay says:

    You’re welcome. I appreciate your comment Keu and agree with you that there has been a move forward from the blatant racism of the past. I don’t believe in censoring individuals either. However, we as television viewers definitely need to think about the things we watch. We shouldn’t be fooled into thinking that everything presented to us as comedy should be accepted as comedy, simply because it’s something we’ve been laughing at for years. We should be allowed to challenge mainstream media, but need to actively demand for new forms of comedy.

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