The negative image, which was developed by these stereotypes, was perpetuated in the Amos and Andy Show. This television show began as a radio show featuring two white men portraying two comedic black men. When the show was transferred to television, two African American men were cast in the roles, acting as buffoons. The popularity of the show was overwhelming. This was the initial image of African Americans in television, which reached mainstreams Caucasian America and was the foundation for which future stereotypes were created.
Although some stereotype portrayals made about Africans Americans may have some truth to them many on the other hand are harmful and inaccurate. Africans Americans are mainly in the spotlight of the news, when involved in crimes. When an African American becomes successful they are glorified, and seen as the person who made it and got out the “hood”, as if all black people are poor and living in rundown neighborhoods. Television networks depict whites as the perfect family with no problems and blacks with a household with only one parent and a long list of problems. Many African Americans believed that in order to be successful in the media industry they had to portray themselves as being idiotic and lazy.
Their content satirized blacks and mocked the entire race to white audiences. The minstrel shows initially featured White actors with dark makeup that portrayed a distorted form of an African American. The lack of African Americans in the first minstrel shows prompted the development of black makeup and its later uses as Black Face. The image on the left is the Virginia Serenaders, which were a group of white actors that took on the guise of African American individuals. These actors were quite more famous amongst the public.
Common beliefs of black families being more aggressive, having lesser moral values, and living less socially acceptable and lawful lives can be clearly seen through the actions of the white characters, and the thoughts that Chris expresses throughout the episode. The show uses satire to exaggerate black stereotypes to the point where it means the opposite of the comedic nature of which it was presented. The treatment and visualization of the lives of the black characters in the episode, through comedy and exaggeration, clearly shows the real-life problem of black stereotyping that is still all too present in American life. Chris’ everyday life as a black student in a white school and struggle to “fit in” is a struggle that non-white students have faced and are still facing today. Works Cited Herman Gray and Wilson, Gutierrez, Chao
Black face performances appealed most to northerners who had little knowledge of African Americans. They assumed all African Americans were like the ones white actors had imitated on stage. This was a huge misrepresentation. Often slaves in black face performances were happy and showed top be treated well as a slave in a southern home. This was not the case and it falsely informed northerners of the actually terrible lives black southerners were facing.
Shows that even African Americans do not care about how they are shown on television. The African American men in reality tv can be described as “…violent, crass, lazy, dea... ... middle of paper ... ...a terrible neighborhoods and that they can be judges or have another high waging job. The portrayal of African Americans has changed so much over the years on television shows. At one point blacks were maids, then high class individuals, now they are shown as ignorant, violent, belligerent individuals in reality TV. Kids are very impressionable human beings, they see one thing and they begin to imitate this thing.
In The Black Male: Handbook: A Blueprint for life. Kevin Powell says “Images of black men in the media have been distorted for long in the country that many of us don’t even recognize dangerous images when we see them. We are desensitized to them because we them so much in popular culture, and because they’ve... ... middle of paper ... ...e film media have ascribed to the black community. Also films, such as Boyz in the Hood and Menace II Society have become multi-million dollar success stories with criminal portrayals of young blacks. This portrayal, over time, has fostered false beliefs in white America regarding the way we perceive and view blacks.
Blacks have come a long way to gain somewhat respect in the world; and what these Reality television shows are doing to us is breaking down everything we have earned. According to the article, "Images of Black Males in Popular Media” by Darren Smith he described that black men are characterized by many terms. They are described as violent, crass, lazy, hot-tempered, abusive and “Dead beat fathers. In the talk shows “Maury and Jerry Springer” According to the article cited above, The Maury show is the perfect example of shows the depicts negative images of African-American men because it shows that black men can’t commit to just one women, can’t pay child support because they believe they are not the father of the child and portray themselves as they are some type of “gangster.” They are not only embarrassing those black men that work hard for what they got, and take care of the kids they create, but they are embarrassing themselves and proving the “stereotypes” of black men to be true on national television. Anyone who can name a show that portrays men the way they should without having to think deserves an award.
In other words, Townsend intended to show the negative stereotypes directed towards black actors. By all means, black people who aspire to be actors and actresses have no choice but to accept the demeaning roles for money and a chance to be famous. Bogle mentions that, “In one sequence, Bobby does what can only be described as a brilliant impersonation of Stepin Fetchit” (300). Hollywood Shuffle reinforces the racial stereotypes of Birth of a Nation in terms of portraying blacks as foolish and idiotic.
While classic Black stereotypes originated during this period, they have carried on past the stage onto the small screen today. Television is a complex site of power where African Americans themselves have enacted these aforementioned stereotypes, particularly in the situation comedy genre. African Americans have enacted these stereotypes over the years because they have traditionally had little control over programming decisions in the television industry and these were the only roles created for them. With the rise of reality television programming in the late 1990s and early 2000s, these reality shows have also incorporated old, stereotypical representations of African Americans. A recent example is the reality show Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta.