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.
Who’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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