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Response to gollygee (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2018, 08:25 AM

1. Stereotypes are a comedians comfort food. Always has been.

 

Stereotypes are also there for a reason.

The show "blacked" feeds into many stereotypes of POC but also does an amazing job of showing why said stereotypes aren't as negative as when they are being used in a racist stereotyping context. I love that type of comedy.

Here is an example of a racist stereotype that is a valid stereotype to start and is actually positive after one becomes educated on why it happens. Many Americans use the fact that it is very common to see numerous Mexican Americans, or Mexicans, including many generations in their family, living under the same roof. It is used as a means to highlight a lack of cleanliness, irresponsibility, laziness, and economic status. A small portion of that stereotype is grounded in reality. That is often how they live. The stereotype is based on a grain of truth and then the racist aspect is added. Fact is it is more often than not for very positive and thoughtful reasons. It helps them to care for one and other, to keep the family close, to save money, to share money with other family members, to share duties, to dilute the impact of the devastation of losing a job, etc. The fact that they don't place enormous standards on the individual in this area is something I think we should find admirable. Just because we do the exact opposite in this country doesn't mean they must be wrong.

I really like comedy that intelligently deals with these things. That includes the promotion and defining of stereotypes.

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