Everybody Hates Chris

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Since television came into existence, it has evolved into a useful tool to spread ideas, both social and political, and has had a great effect on the generations growing up with these heavily influential shows. To these younger generations, television has taken the role of a teacher, with the task of creating a social construction by which many of us base our personal beliefs and judgments on. This power allows television shows take the opportunity to address problems in a manner that many audiences can take to heart. Many television shows present controversial topics in a comical matter, in some ways to soften the blow of hard-hitting reality at the same time bringing attention to the issue being addressed. In the television show, Everybody Hates Chris, season one, episode four entitled “Everybody Hates Sausage”, the stereotypes that continue to fuel racism are examined in a satirical motif, and class is presented in a comical way, but carries serious undertones which present a somewhat realistic view of the different social strata within the United States. In the new millennium, the concepts of racial diversity in multiculturalism have become part of the fabric of American discourse. Consequently, the television industry faces an increased pressure from advocacy groups to better reflect the nation’s demographic reality. Many observers of American popular culture believe that multicultural television fare presented when children are most likely to be viewing this critical to advancing acceptance of racial and ethnic diversity in the United States. (Wilson, Gutierrez & Chao) Being a show designed for younger audiences, Everybody Hates Chris is able to address racial stereotypes to young audiences and possibly impact the way younge... ... middle of paper ... ... hardships in the seventies and eighties, but due to the subdued seriousness through comedy, a larger audience can become aware of desperate situations. Like many satirical writings, Everybody Hates Chris shows an exaggerated form of racial stereotypes to reaffirm their political stance against stereotypes. If an issue is made to be so ridiculous as to be a joke, one may see it's ridiculousness in normal functioning society. These satirical tactics are used as tools to solidify the show’s stance of the difference in class and the continuing stereotypes. Chris’s experiences are fictional and over exaggerated, but are used in the show as light hearted comedic issues that are actually being used address topics otherwise taboo to reach a large audience, such as the mistreatment and stereotyping of black Americans. Works Cited Wilson, Gutierrez & Chao Riggs, Marlon
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