An Issue in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – Shiloh

Racism

In The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, racism is portrayed to be a major theme, especially from Muriel Donnelly, played by Maggie Smith. In the beginning of the movie, the audience is shown that Muriel is in need of a transplant, hence why she first appears in a hospital. She questions a nurse as to why no one has to seek her attention yet, and the nurse replies saying that another doctor had already been seen to see her. In a seemingly uncomfortable and disgusted manner, Muriel replies stating that “No matter how much the doctor washed his hands the colour would never come off” (stated due to the doctor being black). In Muriel’s eyes, the colour of one’s skin is a big issue as if you are not from England, Muriel sees them as dirty, bacteria-filled and not of a natural origin. There are many ways in which this issue is represented in modern day news. For instance, according to the KentOnline news website, a ‘Racist’ man abuses passenger on Sittingbourne to Sheerness train. A video was released showing a man hurling racist abusive comments to a women and her two children on a train. The woman, who was black, had asked the man politely to stop making loud noises which were upsetting the woman’s baby. In response to this, the man replied that she had no right to be in the UK and she should go and change her baby’s nappy, and they should go back to their own country. In disgust to such abuse, many other passengers jumped in and told him to ‘shut up’. In addition, when the man got off the train and another passenger went to confront him, many insulting comments were hurled back at him. This included the comment of whether the man had a British passport or not and referred to another person as a “black b******”. Many forms of racism such as this are shown in the media on a daily basis, whether it be online, in newspapers or in the news on TV or on the radio. Such racism easily comes from personal opinions on other races such as with Muriel Donnelly. Another example of racism in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is again with Muriel, where she is offered some Indian food by Douglas on the bus to the hotel. She clearly states that if she cannot pronounce the name of the food, she refuses to eat it.

Another example of racism is the racism portrayed in the hit musical/movie Hairspray. In this production, a girl named Penny falls for a black boy called Seaweed, and Penny’s mother disapproves of this relationship to all extents, claiming her daughter will not marry any boy of another ethnicity. Velma Von Tussle, the star producer of The Corny Collins Show (a show within Hairspray) is also portrayed as being very discriminative towards all those of another ethnicity in the show, such as her racism towards Motormouth Maybelle, played by Queen Latifah. Her disgust for her is shown through her disregard of her opinions and ideas and her and her daughter Amber seemingly avoiding them and all contact with them. This is portrayed as a major issue as the colour of one’s skin does not determine the content of their character, as everyone is one in the same.

 

Disney has finally caught up! first same-sex kiss and openly gay character

gay charactersDisney have finally aired their first same-sex kiss on one of their main channels. Despite Disney’s constant nods of support toward the LGBTQ community in several of their other media products. they have never openly shown a same -sex kiss. Disney have always shown their support of the LGBTQ community, in movies such as Finding dory and Good luck Charlie, where there are lesbian couples.

Despite Disney’s subtle support of the LGBTQ community they had never shown a same-sex kiss in any of their media products. Their first same-sex kiss was shown on the show ‘Star vs. the Forces of Evil’. The showing of this kiss on such a public channel means that the younger generation get to see the different types of people in society. As well as gain the confidence they need to be themselves from a young age. It is easier for Disney’s young audience to accept who they are if they are comfortable with same-sex relationships. Continue reading “Disney has finally caught up! first same-sex kiss and openly gay character”

Representation Of Celebrities: Fashion comparison

 

It is not news to us that ‘The Daily Mail’ is a very opinion based media text, they enforce their personal ideologies and make it seem like a ‘fact’ or a true representation of what happened. Like most of the world I was very much addicted to reading ‘The Daily Mail’, they offered several different topics on one page and it was easy for me to read because of the language they use, but I soon started to realise just how corrupt they actually are.

Whilst looking through todays news on ‘The Daily Mail’ I came across this article about Ariel Winter’s bold fashion choice and it immediately reminded me of something Kendall Jenner had worn back in September:

 

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posted on The Daily Mail’s Snapchat account 27/11/16
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Posted on The Daily mail website23/09/16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What do we really know about Celebrities?

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As  Fearson has explained , I believe that we all have two identities, one that is personal and therefore created by us and one that is social, which is the way we are given by people in society.

As a part of the young modern generation, we are exposed to the compulsion of the media and some of the biggest opinion leaders, Celebrities. Living in England has caused me to become entranced by celebrities, we adore them and look to them for inspiration in our everyday lives. Like most people I would claim to know everything about celebrities, it has become  custom to youngsters to know everything about their favourite celebrity. In a competitive state you want to be that person that knows  everything about your idol, and for many years I would research and constantly obsess over my idols. Recently I have been thinking about why that is. This started as me thinking about why we are so obsessive over celebrities, specifically in the UK which lead to this: what if we don’t know who celebrities really are? how can we be sure that celebrities are who we think they are?

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Time for a new audience model?

Year 13 this week applied Marxist theory and Hegemony to audiences, allowing us to revisit some audience theories (Both credited to Katz & Lazarsfeld, 1955); namely…

The Hypodermic Syringe model:

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Here audiences are ‘injected’ with representations, values & ideologies directly from institutions – such methods are used in propaganda materials, for example. Continue reading “Time for a new audience model?”