World-renowned comedian, author, and director Dave Chappelle regularly pokes fun at homeless individuals in his comedy routines. In his show titled Chappelle’s Show, Chappelle performed a sketch about an instance where he had seen a homeless man sitting at the bus stop and compared that homeless man to the Grouch from Sesame Street (“Chappelle at the Bus Stop”). In his routine Chappelle emphasized how homeless people are grouchy, cranky, and “lazy old bums that cannot do much” (“Chappelle at the Bus Stop”). For...
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...meless Man Falls”). Through this social experiment, one can easily see and foretell how negative stereotypes portrayed in media shape and influence the pedestrians’ view of the homeless man.
With the prevalence of media’s image of homeless people, everyday Americans have rationalized homeless people as lazy, unmotivated, and “grouchy” individuals. American television shows targeted to young children such as Sesame Street have incorporated stereotypical dialogue regarding homeless individuals such as “grouch”. Furthermore, politicians see homeless people as dead-end citizens that cannot be changed. Overall, the stereotypes regarding homeless people paint a picture of individuals as being hopeless, lazy, and incompetent members of society. The contributing factors for such stereotypes come from historical events that illustrate the origins of homelessness in America.
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