Representations…well ain’t they something

The movie which I have recently seen and I’ve decided to talk about is ‘Gimme Shelter’. A pregnant teen (Vanessa Hudgens) learns to break the bonds of her past and embrace her future after taking refuge at a shelter for homeless youths. Apple (Vanessa Hudgens) suffered an incredibly lonely and abusive past, living under the roof of her drug and alcohol addicted mother along with her mother’s many abusive boyfriends who gave Apple nothing but pain and misery. Therefore Apple couldn’t escape coming out and looking like a stereotypical ‘junky’ with the rough clothing, tattoos and ugly facial piercings that don’t compliment a young girl’s face. The world of drugs and alcohol stereotypically can be separated into two parties. One which is filled with glamour and bags of money and riches and those taking the drugs are usually glamorous rich celebrities which have too much money which they can handle and turn to using these substances. The other is filled with ‘bad’ people who have got the wrong idea of life and have turned all there opportunities and chances away and have turned towards drugs and alcohol to drown out the rest of the world. In this case, we are looking at a girl which from the outside looks like she’s ‘bad’ and it was her decision to take up drugs and sex and her decision to push away school and all other helping opportunities and because of her appearance we’d all avoid her in the street thinking her unwashed hands would dart out and reach into our pockets and take out our supposedly honestly earned belongings. But because of the representations and ideologies which we see in the media, we have grown these stereotypes of these druggies and haven’t fully understood why they are like that and only look at the outside. Like with Apple. She would of loved to of grown in a happy safe family, not having to sleep with one eye open at night and a permanent glance over her own shoulder. Due to these ideologies we look at Apples rough appearance and think that she’s thrown her whole life away and that she’s the one that doesn’t care when in fact her mother, the woman who was supposed to protect her and teach her and nourish her and keep her safe was the one who put her in all these horrid situation and had not allowed her to break through and to prove to us on the inside that Apple isn’t only a druggy with no hope but actually a beautiful loving girl which takes on life face forward and in the end battles for her baby and becomes the mom to the little girl that she never had.

As well as the people which lived along side Apple in those deprived and infested areas of America, the actual place as well was a stereotyped view that media has. Even though areas like that do have some elements from the movie, for movie purposes the film had placed every aspect of drug filled American towns in one single road, making us believe that everyone in those types of areas live like that.

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