Everywhere we may go, stereotypes is somewhere around lurking. These are three examples media stereotypes in my opinion, that I support on.
1. ted Movie Poster
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As a media producer, our responsibility is to create media that respects all cultures. They should give good messages and meaning to viewers. The movie ted tells the story of a lonely little boy, John Bennett, who wishes his Christmas gift, a teddy bear, to come to life and be his friend. The teddy bear, named ted, grows up with John. They live a life of boisterous adulthood; drinking beer, smoking weed, spending nights with women etc. The stereotype here is that the movie is giving a teddy bear an image of being a bad example to little kids.
The problem with this poster is that everyone can see it. Here, ted is holding a beer bottle. Young children can see it and it give them a bad image of a teddy bear, from being cute and comforting to something wild to portraying bad habits. The concept here is that ted is a teddy bear, a child’s best friend, turned to something so contradicting. The poster can catch a child’s eye.
To avoid these stereotypes, we must rate the movie. We must also guide viewers that it is for certain age group.
2. Meme Stereotype
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This picture depicts a child who is nibbling off a puppy. Media has informed us that Chinese eat the fetus of human which is good to look young. The eyes of the child in the picture give us the assumption that it is an Asian child, probably a Chinese. The stereotype here is that they are giving off another idea that Chinese will eventually eat puppies or even the young of other animals.
As media producers, I say that it is important to get your facts straight before posting or creating pictures of the reality doings of a community. Furthermore, to avoid stereotypes is to analyze the content of the media product.
3. Models Portrayed as Abused Objects of Art
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In the media field, the producers can take advantage of a situation and create a masterpiece. These situations can be biased and eventually the product made may turn into a stereotype. The picture depicts an attractive woman, dressed in a revealing garment, with a black-eye and the phrase ‘Beauty Victim of Beauty’. The picture is used in a Bugarian fashion magazine as ‘art’ for magazine 12. The phrase gives a misconception that being pretty is to be prone to being abused. The gender base; men and women, can conclude that woman are weak and are better off as sex objects or abusive objects. The picture misguides viewers to think women as weak.
We do not have to believe the picture. We can contradict it by looking at it in a critical way. We can point out that there are women who excel, like Angelina Jolie, who is a charity giver and a cancer survivor. She is not weak and misused.