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Women of Color in the Media

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Ariana Ewing

on 25 April 2013

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Transcript of Women of Color in the Media

Tokenism The policy or practice of making only a symbolic effort as to desegregate. (Merriam- Webster)

- Bad Girls Club
- fighting
- Awkward
- Parks and Rec, Drake and Josh
- Overweight sassy black women HBO: Girls Blog Post Good Representation of WOC
in Television Scandal
The Mindy Project
Ugly Betty POC writers/directors in Media Stats television and movies Women of Color in the Media Solutions The Fetishism of Women of Color The sexploitation of women in film/television that leads to false beliefs within society

- Black women: promiscuous, over-sexualized, seductive, and temptresses (ex. Halle Berry in “Monster’s Ball”)

- Latin american women: feminine, sensual, curvaceous, and sexy accent (ex. Sofia Vergara)

- East Asian Women: exotic, subservient, and sexual (ex. Lucy Liu) - Asian and Latino writers has risen 2.9% since 1999-2000

- African-American writers has only risen from 5.8% to 6.5% over the same time period

- During the 2011-2012 season, there were 55 television shows that hired no writers of color (Popular shows included Breaking Bad, Californication, Dancing with the Stars, and Glee) Television - Of the top 250 grossing films in the U.S. in 2012, 9% of directors were women and 15% were writers

- Only 33% of films’ speaking roles belong to women Film Representation of WOC “Television is one of the most influential forms of media because it is so pervasive and its presence is taken for granted in most households in the United States” (Shaw/Lee 455).

It represents the real world and it influences people understanding of the world and other people.
If television is supposed to represent us and all you see is an aggressive angry black woman, that’s what people are going to expect. Scandal Kerry Washington
1st Black Female Protagonist in Primetime television in four decades (ABC Network)
Washington's character, Olivia Pope, based on former George Bush Administration Press Aide, Judy Smith Shonda Rhimes
American screenwriter, director, & producer
Creator, head writer, & executive producer of Scandal & Grey's Anatomy HawthoRNe Jada Pinkett-Smith
Black Female Protagonist (TNT Network)
Portrayed Chief Nursing Officer named Christina Hawthorne
Won NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in Drama Series (2010)
Also one of the executive producers Judy Smith
American author, Producer, Crisis Manager
Inspiration for the show
Founder, President, & CEO of her own crisis management firm, Smith & Company Deception Meagan Good
Main Black Female Protagonist in the series (NBC Network)
Portrayed a detective from the San Francisco Police Department named Joanna Locasto Nikita Maggie Q
Vietnamese female protagonist on the show
Portrayed a spy and assassin Nikita Mears
Women of color actress playing a star role in action and spy fiction on television The Mindy Project Mindy Kaling
First U.S. television series starring a South Asian American female lead (NBC Network)
Portrayed a OB/GYN, Mindy Lahiri, who's character is portrayed by Kaling's mother Southland Regina King
Main Black female in the central cast (TNT Network)
Portrayed Detective II in the show and the only Detective II that was a black woman
Won NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a drama series (2011-2012) Blog Post Stereotypes No Disrespect -Do not judge a certain race based on roles they play in movies as wrong or right. -in social media and on verbal comments -Complain why there are not much films or television shows about people from different racial background done by people from that race. -how? by not watching/ paying for shows we believe will not help solve the problem of intersectionality -Hire more POC in writing, producing, directing and acting positions how? By paying for and watching movies or television shows written by POC More Solutions... Maya Angelou How can I help? -Casting POC in a wide range of roles Watch 42! More ways to help? Tweet, like, share and blog (and tag). Social media Kickstarter Portrayal of WOC in Television/Movie Roles Miss Representation shows the obvious lack of intersectionality of women in the media especially WOC in television/movies in terms of acting in powerful and meaningful key roles
Portrayal of WOC in character roles has been known to fit the societal norm as the following
For Black Women- the thug queen/princess, long suffering girlfriend/wife, jolly take it all girl, sidekick, angry/embittered girl/woman, tough girl/woman, no tears girl/woman, and the put upon girl/woman
For Latina women- weak peons, Latina lover, domestic workers
For Asian women- typically passive, scholarly foreigners, who cannot assimilate, characters restricted to cliched occupations, White male-Asian female combination, "China Doll", or "Dragon Lady" Ugly Betty America Ferrara
Mexican American Protagonist in the show (ABC Network)
Portrayed a young Mexican American woman who lack sense but despite the odds landed a job at a top high fashion magazine
Won Golden Globe Award for Best Leading Actress in a Comedy Series and SAG Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series (2007)
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