Sleepy Hollow Article

 

I found this this gorgeously written article about the importance of diversity both in front of and behind the cameras. The writer calls everyone to task, from Joss Whedon, to The Flash, for not doing a better job of creating characters of color.

The creators of these shows, when they get lazy, or pressed for time often show an appalling lack of imagination and creativity when it comes to  PoC, and sometimes, even unknowingly, can fall into old stereotypes they have never bothered to examine, no matter how well-meaning, or good-hearted, they believe themselves to be.

Racist/ableism//transphobia/homophobia/ageism – these behaviors are insidious mind-snatchers, and they are relentless.  When you don’t make an effort to fight them everyday, when you get tired, when you slow down, or just don’t think things through, they creep in, and take over. One has to remain vigilant, and sometimes, even vigilance doesn’t work. I don’t know how many times I’ve run into stereotypes and bad thoughts lurking in the back of my mind, so I know it’s impossible not to be racist when one doesn’t  even bother to examine those back rooms because of laziness or the belief that a person already knows what’s in one’s head.

The media needs to do better.

 

 

 

 

This next article is a fascinating look at look at how the media shapes the way people think and aids and abets in the development of racial thought. It’s a Canadian writer, but this can easily be applied to  US television, too. It’s long been my theory that television isn’t just a mirror, it is a teaching tool. Television tells us how to act, how to be, how to preform being American, and  how/ what  to think about it.

So much  of what most of us know about the world,  how it works, and how we feel about it, is through mainstream media depictions of class, race, culture, and gender. This is what poor people are like, here’s a picture of some Irish people, this is how atheists are, this is how normal women dress and behave, this is what normal men think about.If you don’t have first hand knowledge about any of these things, than you probably got most of your ideas, about the subject, from television.

Race:

http://www.stopracism.ca/content/racism-and-media

http://www.forharriet.com/2015/02/why-complicated-depictions-of-blackness.html#axzz47t5M3lFz

 

Gender:

http://genderrepinhiphop.blogspot.com/

 

Class:

https://classrepresentationsitcoms.wordpress.com/2013/05/11/class-how-it-is-represented-on-televisionsocial/

 

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2 thoughts on “Sleepy Hollow Article

  1. “By killing off its co-lead and most important character, Sleepy Hollow in one fell swoop embodied a slew of the most repugnant storytelling stereotypes: Women in Refrigerators, the Magical Negro, and the Mammy.”

    I’ve been railing about the Mammy writing for Abbie on this very blog for a while. I also criticized that magical negro trope and woman fridged for manpain after the finale. I’m SO mad at Sleepy Hollow.

    “Shows like True Blood and Supernatural haven’t been able to find a black female character worthy of not dying or being sidelined.

    I hate True Blood so I can’t comment but as for SPN, it’s one show I will never count on for black female representation. I did like Cassie and Tamara, I love, love, love Billie, but Portia was an abomination. It’s funny that Loretta Devine was supposed to be the show’s Bobby then she became unavailable. I’m torn because 1. I adore Miss Loretta. 2. Miss Loretta deserves a better show (SPN is my absolute favorite show ever, with complete understanding that it’s a straight white guy show. I don’t expect decent writing for any other demo on it). 2. Missoury Moseley as written as a mammy and it’s better that the show didn’t get the show to continue ruining her.

    The Flash has its issues but the writing for Iris is decent. I actually disagree that all those men lying to Iris was an insensitive writing of the character. Iris is beloved, coddled, protected, courted and surrounded by men who are willing to do anything for her. Them lying was that typical boneheaded, protective thing men do for women they value, cherish, find delicate and do not wish to upset. If anything, that part of the writing was egalitarian.

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