The Office

8 Oct

The primetime show I chose to write about is The Office. The office airs on NBC and in my opinion is one of the funniest shows ever made. The Office is a show that depicts the everyday lives of office employees in the Scranton, Pennsylvania branch of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. One of the main characters and head chief Michael Scott, is a harmless and ignorantly insensitive boss who cares about the welfare of his employees. He try’s to put his own spin on the company policy, with an office including various peers with many different backgrounds and with many different personalities. What makes this show different from many other shows is the diversity of the characters. The show The Office has many characters that represent many different minorities. For example the show depicts the life of the working class citizens both men and women with different backgrounds, race and personalities .

The character that stands out to me the most is Michael Scott. In the episode I watched called “Basketball” Michael Scott stereotypes many of his employees. In this episode he challenges the warehouse crew to a pick up game of basketball. When he goes to pick his team of 4 he refused to let one of his employees Phillus play because she’s a women, he assumed she wasn’t good because she was a women. He picked the only Black guy in the office, even though he didn’t want to play, because he was black and he assumes all black people are good at basketball. He also told one of his employees to not play “gay” on the court. He said “he didn’t mean gay in the homosexual way, he meant gay as in sucking at sports”. Just from watching the first 10 minutes of the show you can see that Michael Scott isn’t a good manager and has a lot of problems when it comes to dealing with the different minorities in the workplace. After watching the show I can honestly say I do not have any connections with the main character Michael Scott. I always have respect for others regardless if their views are different from mine or if their traditions are different from mine. Michael only sees one way to view the world and how people should be, and he believes that his views are society’s norms.


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