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Kids React to Same-Sex Marriage Video

7 Nov

Kids Reacting to Gay Marriage Proposals

Summary:
The same guys (Benny and Rafi Fine) who made the Kids’ Reaction to Interracial Couples video made another video about kids reacting to gay marriage and used the same children. These kids ranged from 5-13 years old and were shown videos of a proposal involving a gay couple and 1 proposal involving a lesbian couple.

Analysis:
Throughout the You Tube video, the children display a variety of emotions. From confusion to excitement for these newly engaged couples. Even though the majority of reactions were the same, it was interesting to see others stand out. For example 5 year old Lucas was confused at what was going on. When he was asked several questions, he repeatedly said, “Gay makes you bad.” Little Lucas probably get exposure from his family that being gay a part of a person to be frowned. It killed me to hear him say that he would not befriend a gay person. To see him have a negative outlook on gay people is a disappointment to the things that parents teach to their kids. This is a perfect example of the expression “ignorance breeds ignorance.” I’m not exactly saying that Lucas’s parents/guardians are teaching him that homosexuality is bad, I’m just suggesting that it is very likely. Perhaps Lucas just has not had any exposure to homosexuality. On the other hand, Elle has had exposure to homosexuality by her best friend who is gay. She has had a positive interaction with someone who is gay and believes that gay people are not a disgrace to the human race. This is a great example of Social Interaction Theory where exposure correlated with civility and positive interactions. Seeing other kids’ reactions such as Samirah, she had no idea what being gay was at all. She was very unsure of what her opinion on gays and same-sex marriage was at first, but realized that how happy the couples were. Then she said that everyone deserves to be happy and that gays being denied the right to marriage in some states did not make sense.

When the guys told Maxim that there were only a few states where people could get married at, he had an interesting reaction. He talked about if he had to move to a different state, like a state that has tornadoes, he would do it if he wanted to marry someone. But he feels that he shouldn’t have to move to a place that has tornados, just like he shouldn’t have to move to a different state to marry someone.

Another pattern I saw in the children was that the older kids acknowledged more so the emotions that the engaged couples were expressing. In other words, the older kids appeared to be touched to see such joy between the couples in the videos. This goes back to we talked about in class about empathy where older children are better at understanding other people’s emotions.

Conclusion:
Showing this clip on You Tube is a way of pro social media because one of the main purposes of this video involves the issue of legalizing same sex-marriage in the U.S. To see the simple reasons that these kids have for why they feel same-sex marriage should be legal makes having reasons against it look foolish: If people are happy together, what’s so wrong about wanting to get married? Also, I think it is good to show a couple of these kids who did not know what homosexuality was be so pro gay marriage after having just a little exposure. As stated before, the majority reacted in a positive way towards these couples which gives me hope that our future generation is willing to fight for equality.

What It’s Like to be Wise with Tim Wise

24 Oct

One of the three views/questions he brought up was the hunt for talent in minority races. Where can we find talent in minority races since there is a ‘limitation’? He asked if we would have to seed the pool of talent by collaborating with school and kids in the community who have talent and/or wanting to pursue something of the performing arts, for example. It is very interesting because in a weird sense he is right. I believe that it is important to encourage kids regardless of race to embrace and pursue their talent. Also, it gives writers and producers of music, film, broad way, etceteras to cast a more diverse group of people in their (depending on what the writers want for their specific pieces too) works. Therefore, this makes them less likely to receive criticism from any anti-racial groups or protestors. Of course, we want our ‘talent pool’ to be diverse in many ways (not just in race). It is ethical to include and embrace people that are different from each other, but in the share one thing in common and that is the talent to do something. Another fact that in a way correlates or supports this potential idea of ‘seeding the talent pool’ is that African American actresses compete with each other to secure roles. When I hear this brought up, I think of the video we watched a while back about how African American actresses find it difficult to secure roles in movies and plays. I can’t help but wonder if we did put in extra effort in encouraging kids of other races to get involved with their talents and pursue them throughout their lives, could that omit the struggle to secure roles or worsen it? Debating this question would be an interesting thing to do in class one day.
Another point Wise talked about is that personal bias doesn’t make up all of our entire bias, but our bias is influenced institutions. Institutions can be home life/parents, school, or even work. Wise discusses that the criteria that we use to determine whether or not someone or ourselves are prejudice can be flawed. He says it may no be as objective as we think even if we think the criteria is perfect and not bias itself. The more I thought about it, the more I started to wonder how people develop their criteria for something such as requirements for a psychology capstone project. A few examples would be-Why ten pages? Why the x number of resources? Why should I spend 20 hours volunteering in a hospital instead of 18? I do understand that professors conduct these requirements through opinion and also from past experience with previous students. However, what I am getting at is ‘Why these precise instructions? Why do you think 11 point font is better than 12 point font?’
Wise states that racial issues get handed down from generation to generation. I love the analogy he used about someone of the dominant group you’re a part of dumped a bunch of chemicals in the lake. It was not your problem, but you are part of the group of the people who poured the chemicals, therefore, people of your group are despised. What questions I would ask him is that would it be appropriate to bring up the ignorance breeds ignorance theory in this situation. Could it be applicable to some extent? I personally think it could because just because someone’s ancestors did something that affected a minority group does not mean that the people of present day have those same feelings and beliefs towards the minority group.

Blog 3 (Race): Pop Punk vs. Hip Hop

2 Oct

Summary: I chose 3 music videos. I chose one where it is easy to juxtapose the behavior of whites and African Americans to the same music, I chose one Hip Hop video, and one punk pop video. I wanted to be able to easily compare and contrast all 3 videos.

Dance, Dance – Fall Out Boy
In the video, it shows a popular punk pop band by the name of Fall Out Boy-all predominantly white guys in their 20s rocking out on guitars being reckless on stage at a high school dance. The rest of the white kids in the crowd at the dance are just jumping around. However, towards the end, a couple of African American students are not only missing formal wear, they are the ones dancing the most provocatively in the video. The girl is borderline twerking while the guy is up on her and then puts his face by her butt. Also, on top of that, they are the ones dancing in the middle of the circle which it almost appears that the director is trying to poke fun at them to some degree. There is one white woman dancing proactively in the video, but she does not represent her race in a sense because the rest of the other white kids are not dancing provocatively. I picked this video because it is interesting to see how the directors and producers differentiate races in a punk pop music video.

Hot in Here – Nelly
In this video, there are a bunch of people in the club and it’s full of women. All of the girls are sweating wearing bikini tops and booty shorts. They are also twerking and dancing all up on the couple of men that are in the video. Also, I did not see a single white person in the video. A lot of hip hop culture is submerged in the African American community, but I do not think on purpose, it’s just the way it has always been. A lot of the lyrics and images in hip hop are very sexualized-possibly more than any other genre out there.

Just the Girl – The Click Five
In the video, the band called The Click Five, are jamming on top of the school roof and a bunch of kids are surrounding them jumping up and down. As I look around, I really do not see any kids of a different color-not even Latino or Indian kids. I believe that a huge percentage of punk pop music subconsciously caters specifically to white teenagers. I do not think it happens on purpose, but at the same it might. The concept that I am trying to pull from this video is similar to what was discussed in the article about Friends. The show is very Caucasian heavy and you do not see any other significant characters of color in the show until the end of the series. Also, Friends appears to have a pretty Caucasian fan base as do the pop punk bands of the last, well since the begun to exist.

Conclusion:
What I realized about the videos with African-Americans is dubbed as very sexualized hence, Critical Race Theory. In music videos that contain our white youth tend to represent more innocence than the black youth. Pop punk bands write a lot about heartbreaks, going to parties, staying out late, rocking out to their favorite bands. A lot of hip hop artists write about the same things, but the lyrics are suited for a more mature audience-despite the fact that teenagers listen to this music as well.
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Blog #2: Social Class

23 Sep

The-Middle

Genre: Working Class

Summary: The Middle
It’s a sitcom about this typical American family from Indiana who is slightly below middle class, but they get by financially. The family members are Frankie (Patricia Heaton), Mike (Neil Flynn), Axl, Sue, and Brick Heck. For example, the kids end up getting hand-me-downs from their parents or they go to the department stores or goodwill for their clothes. Neil Flynn is a construction worker who makes not the most money while Patricia Heaton is a semi stay-at-home mom who holds jobs here and there to supply extra money for the family. In essence, the show pokes fun at the struggles that many Americans currently face with the crumbling economy by stressing the importance of being conservative of ones resources.

Analysis:
The writers of this show I think sneak in ways to portray the working class individuals as ones who get degraded on a regular basis. Axl always asks his parents for nicer things because he wants to fit in with the popular crowd in which he is loosely affiliated with. They offer to buy him clothes or sporting equipment that is either second hand or a few steps down from is considered top of the line. Unwillingly, Axl still accepts the offers that his parents give to him. Another example is when Axl shadows his father at his construction job, he meets this younger guy who’s like ‘The Fonz’ of the crew who parties about 3-4 nights a week with all of his friends and picks up chicks left and right. Axl tells his dad he wants to be just like him when he gets out of high school. In the end, with the help of his father, Axl realizes he doesn’t want to live the way of life and that he wants to try going to college. The show therefore, tries to give the working class an image where like the any parent in America, they want to see their kids make something of themselves.

What I believe is interesting about the title is the theme of being ‘in the middle’ is reoccurring throughout the show. It’s not just the definition of social class that the Hecks are in, but also the theme occurs in the relationships among the characters. The first example is Sue. She is the middle child of the family and usually the middle child appears to be the one that is ‘forgotten’ about the most. Not only does her family forget about her being present at the time or to help her out with something, she is also forgotten about by her peers and teachers. In one episode, she does this fundraiser for her school where she had to sell cheese. She asked her mom to drop the money off at school. Her mom forgot about dropping off the money. When she finally remembered to drop it off to Sue’s teacher, her teacher said that he didn’t even have a Sue Heck in his class-let alone had he ever heard the name. Since Sue is the middle child and a lot of comic relief is tied to Sue’s character, that’s another way why the title of the show seems so appropriate. Another example would be the youngest child, Brick. Brick is a very quiet kid who spends most of his time keeping to himself and reading. When there is an argument between other family members of the household, Brick always seems to be the one who gets tangled up in the middle of all of it. Since Axl and Sue are so close in age, they Whether is literally in between the family members arguing or it involves him. Sometimes all three kids get caught in the middle of the parents arguing about things that sometimes don’t even have to do with the kids.

Conclusion:
The Middle is an interpretation of a lifestyle that many Americans today possess. With that particular lifestyle includes drawbacks that many people can identify with in comparison to living the lavish life of the working class’s counter parts (the wealthy).

Modern Family

10 Sep

Summary: The families that this show is about includes a white middle family (Phil and Claire Dunphee with children Hailey, Alex, Luke), a gay couple, Mitch and Cam, with an adopted baby, Lily. The other family consists of an older white man, Jay, who is married to an attractive Colombian woman, Gloria, who has a 13 year old son named Manny. The two stereotypes that I want to talk about are foreigners and gay couples.

Analysis:

The few stereotypes such as gay men, foreigners, middle class families, and marriages between two people with significant age differences are depicted in this show in multiple ways. First off, Gloria is responsible for a significant portion of the comic relief in the show. Some ways she brings comic relief to the show is the facts that she is unaware of some of the different customs over here, and pronounces words differently. In one episode, she shares a ‘custom’ from her native land with Jay while he is preparing dinner. She tells him that in order to protect the food from bad spirits, they pound on the chicken and scream to scare the bad spirits away. Jay believes her and proceeds to do so. The camera goes back to her and she confesses that she made up that practice to mess with Jay. However, it is believable because we know through cultural schema that this is not something we practice her, so we are inclined to believe it happens in a country that most of Americans do not know much about. The trend of using minorities or foreigners as comic relief to some extent in television is something that I have noticed throughout my entire life. Typically, in addition to this practice on TV, foreigners are depicted as senseless and aloof. However, in this comedy, Gloria may be a stay at home mom, but she is portrayed to be rather intelligent, and stands up for herself. A few examples are showing off her good (according to society) taste in fashion. Whenever Gloria and Jay argue, she is thorough in her reasoning why she feels the way she does. However, another observation I notice about foreigners on television is they tend to be made to stand out more or be exploited for their appearances. For example, Gloria is always wearing some sort of tight-fitted dress or low cut tops. Foreigners are portrayed in more ways than one in this show.
         Another stereotype that is very visible in this show is the gay man. The couple Mitch and Cam are depicted as feminine men, but with masculine tendencies…you could say that these men are androgynous in their attitudes towards life overall, however, not in appearance. I wonder if the writers did that to shy away from the typical gay feminine male stereotype. For example, Mitch talks feminine, does not enjoy sports, enjoys dancing, and is also a lawyer in a power suit. Mitch is really the breadwinner of the family while Cam plays the stay at home mom pretty much. Cam dresses himself casually, but in bright or pastel colors. He is a craftier person than Mitch, however, he knows the rules to football and enjoys watching it. In one episode, Mitchell wants to try to bond with his dad, Jay, who is very into football while Mitchell is clueless. In the end, Cam ends up bonding with him better with Jay than Mitchell over football.
 Conclusion:
This show tries to wiggle its way out of the stereotypes by having a strong, spunky, and smart Gloria, and giving Mitch and Cam strong masculine features to their characters to still compliment the femininity that’s still there.