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Media Representation of LGBT
Transcript of Media Representation of LGBT
Starting with Will&Grace as the breakthrough for gays on television.
Today we have gay representation in shows such as Glee and Grey's Anatomy, but the representation is still little and not always good. The Gay or Straight activity helped show some stereotypes in the media. Media portrayals of gay men, tend to be flamboyant, white men. Because of this, not all ethnic groups are being represented. According to the University of Florida, the average American homosexual is not fairly represented in the media. According to Larry Gross from the University of Pennsylvania (1991), out-groups share a common fate of relative invisibility and demeaning stereotypes.
Gross also stated that representation in the mediated "reality" of our mass culture is in itself power. LGBT on TV Culture industries create an encoded message of LGBT in television shows by having the gay characters act 'stereotypically gay'.
Decoding occurs when the viewer sees the gay/lesbian character of TV and assumes that they're gay because of the message they're receiving from the show.
Stereotypes Everyone is their own kind of lesbian. To think there's a certain way to dress or present yourself in the world is just one more stereotype we have to fit into.
- Portia DeGeneres
http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=9sv3mZhTlHM Gay or Straight Our primary sources of information today are television and mass media in general. These create and maintain a world view and value system.
Essentially, the ways we think and act are products of television and the media.
Mainstream "The mass media provide the broadest common background of assumptions about what things are, how they work, and why." (Gross, 1991)
Unfortunately, many minorities are ignored/left out of mass media.