Satire as resistance (triple participation)

Published September 3, 2014 by djlwsu

Here are three satirical videos that deal with issues of race, sexism, inequality, privilege, and stereotypes.  Please watch and discuss.  How does the use of humor engage in important issues of racial stereotypes, racism, and sexism?  How does each video use humor and satire to raise important issues of everyday violence?  Make sure to engage specifics from each (100 words minimum)

 

 

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12 comments on “Satire as resistance (triple participation)

  • These three videos use wits, comedy and irony to convey the often stereotyped racial misconceptions that occur everyday. In the video “The List of Rules for Women” the speaker uses constant questioning to make the sexism/women stereotype issues comedic. When in fact this is a major issue. Many men today typically feel uncomfortable talking about the qualities that are associated with women and a “list of rules” would be very helpful to the male gender if it were plausible.
    In the second video “Kinda Racist? Try Diet Racism!,” the commercial highlights the issues of not talking about racism and how it is truly impacting the world in the long run. The announcer says that “Diet Racism” is for you if you “don’t directly contribute to oppression but have strong opinions on how others should handle it.” If you think about that concept, isn’t it true that if you aren’t talking you aren’t helping? Letting racism slide by you without impact doesn’t mean racism wont effect someone else. When “you just don’t get it” maybe you should reach out and ask questions.
    In the last video ” If Latinos Said The Stuff White People Say” the different scenarios display different perspectives on what general white lingo would sound like if the roles were reversed in reference to race. It sounds outrageous in this video, yet everyday countless people are saying things exactly like this! This video uses comedic relief to bring that to an understanding. I know for one that if someone came up to me (given that I am white) and said “You speak English?” that I would be very confused. This video altered my thinking on those everyday things that white people say, how about you? Would you change the way you interact with someone of another race after watching?

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    • Alexis: Good response; is his point about the list one of irony, noting that a list is unnecessary because treating women as human beings should be enough? Isn’t he pointing out that all of the rules (demands, surveillance, double standards) reflects a dehumanization and a culture of misogynistic disrespect?

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  • I think the first video, “The List of Rules for Women,” uses sarcasm in a good direction. For example, it is saying that no matter what girls do, it is seen as wrong. This video uses several examples that can be seen as inequality because it touches on the issue that men as well should have rules and be judged equally. On the second video, which is called “diet racism,” I have to say that is some kind of racism that is commonly seen on the daily. Instead of calling it racism though I’d classify this act more as stereotyping people according to their races. Finally the third video named “If Latinos Said The Things White People Said,” I feel as if it is a mix between stereotyping as well as the white race sometime feeling superior to other races. Some examples of superiority feeling is at the beginning, which the Latino calls out to the white person to learn Spanish. When the opposite act occurs such as a white person doing this act, it is often to prove superiority or to act like someone isn’t allowed to commit mistakes just because they aren’t white descendant.

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  • What I noticed in the video, “kinda racist,” is that it tries to seem funny when really its one of the key issue in today’s social structure. It portrays that only white people can be racist. It is true that things said by the white people in the video are racist, but what about all the other ethnicities that slip out racial comments on a day to day bases that are not shown in the video. I feel like this video is more likely stereotyping whites as being racist than showing racism as a whole. I feel this way towards “If Latinos Said the Stuff White People Say,” video as well. Remember the reactions white people gave to the Latinos in this video? What if the title was changed to, “ If white people said stuff Latinos would said” the Latinos reaction to the white people would be COMPLETELY different. When I watched the video, “The List of Rules for Woman,” believe me I agree with Jay, but have we really thought about how woman treat men in today’s society also. Jay said, “I kinda feel like it would easier if we had a list of rules for men to follow.” I believe that men have a similar list that was mentioned for woman in this video. When the topic about how girls are suppose to dress so they don’t get approached the wrong way by a man, I think that men feel like they need to dress a certain way and act a certain way so they DO get approached by a woman. Woman can be so selective sometimes and so can men, so men feel like they are obligated to impress woman by both their looks and brains. Also, I know plenty of men that get judged from woman because they have slept with too many partners and that if men deny woman they are considered a jerk. It goes both ways and there is a list for men.

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    • It is really important to think about the context of these videos and the satire involved (what is the point … it is clear that each are not perpetuating stereotypes about white people but rather to highlight the issues of contemporary racism. For example, the “If Latinos Said The Stuff White People Say” is pointing out the types of micro aggressions, and stereotypes that Latina/os experience in daily lives. We can see countless research that points to these types of statements, which of course also have a larger history, context, and relationship to institutions. Satire uses exaggeration to make a point, to highlight an issue. With each, the creators are using extreme to highlight these larger social realities. I also think it is important to think about larger social realities, structural arrangements, etc. You note that some guys face ridicule but does that have a different context and place. For example, Jay Smooth is connecting the “rules” women faced to broader realities of sexual harassment and rape culture. It is important to ground these discussions within the social context, existing inequalities, and push beyond individuals and hypotheticals

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      • It is funny you say that. We are talking about sociological imagination in sociology. Anyways, I Understand now. I was using individualism. I was not really looking at the whole picture. I was looking at what bothered ME the most. I guess I was looking/listening to these videos from a perspective that was so narrow I missed most of what was going on. Thank you for clearing it up for me.:)

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      • That is challenge us to make connections so when we think about jay smooth’s video and think about how these double standards impact policy, operate within dif institutions. Or even racism light, it is trying to highlight rhetoric around affirmative action which is based on lack of historic perspective or full understanding of policy. That impacts the types of policy we have. Not seeing how schooling letting in legacies as form of affirmative action (race and class work here) has consequences. We will talk more but always want to think about larger themes and institutional operations

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  • Within the three videos satire and humor is used to emphasize how much subtle racism and sexism are going on within our lives on a daily basis. In the video, “If Latinos Said The Stuff White People Say,” the use of humor engages in the issue of stereotypes, first because the Latinos are mocking white people about their lack of culture, and ridiculing them for things that the white people would typically say to Latinos or people of different orientation. There comes a point where the humor is very racist, and they are criticizing how white people cannot comprehend words spoken by people of different language. There was an incidence of minor violence within this video where the Latino man ran into the white man and “verbally assaulted” him using crude humor, “ Hey you’re in California, learn to speak Spanish.” The goal of this video was to put the words that white people usually say in perspective for them because most of the time they do not realize how those words affect the people around them. I think the director was trying to provoke a feeling of helplessness from people treating you a particular way just because of the color of your skin, which is an awful feeling.
    Next, the short clip, “Kinda Racist? Try Diet Racism!” was full of sarcasm, and used this type of humor to emphasize the fact that people have the feeling that they can say whatever they want and not feel bad about it behind people’s backs. This video showed that silence was not helping us get over racism but just making us ignore the guilt of racism which compares with Sarah Jackson for she even mentioned that silence would not help end racism. This video ridiculed white people while advertising racism as a product in order to bring up the issue of not openly talking about racism.
    Lastly, in “The List of Rules for Women”, this is humorous because he lists all of the unrealistic expectations that women are supposed to live up to but never says that there is anything wrong with society for expecting so much from women. Then he gets witty and states that there should be rules for how men should act.
    Viewing all of these makes me realize that using humor to talk about racism is a good way to get the point across to people about how much racism and sexism hurts and affects people and that really race is just an idea. All in all I really enjoyed these videos.

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    • The “If Latinos Said The Stuff White People Say” is pointing out the types of micro aggressions, and stereotypes that Latina/os experience in daily lives. We can see countless research that points to these types of statements, which of course also have a larger history, context, and relationship to institutions. Satire uses exaggeration to make a point, to highlight an issue. With each, the creators are using extreme to highlight these larger social realities

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  • I think the last video did such a good job of using satire and comedy to portray the stereotypes given to different races. I don’t think many people would ever admit to saying things like they said in the video to other races however everywhere we go we hear those types of statements being made. As a white person, you don’t really realize how hurtful stereotypes or statements like those made in the video affect people of other races because you never get talked to like that. It put into perspective how hurtful the words out of your mouth can truly be

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  • I think comedy can do a very good job of lightening a situation up enough to make it entertaining for people that, like me, don’t recognize these types of situations. I don’t feel judged, I don’t have to walk around worrying that somebody will assault me, or that I’ll be the victim of a hateful or pointed act just because my gender or skin tone.

    The first video does a really good job of poking fun at men’s terrible standards of women, while making it very clear that it’s not simply a joke. I see these kinds of generalizations around me all the time about women, concerning the friend zone as well as the general thought of a woman “deserving it” if she’s assaulted while dressed up. One example I saw in the news recently was Floyd Mayweather Jr. putting a quote on Instagram that read “How a female dresses is her advertisement. If a female shows half of her body, she’s asking to be disrespected. If she dresses classy, expect to be treated like a lady. How you’re addressed lies on your attire. Sexy is a spirit, not an outfit.” This is the kind of thought that is way too prevalent in our society today, and it needs to be changed.

    The second and third videos were also very good at bringing out what should be obvious to us as viewers. It’s not okay to profile someone due to their skin color, or to continue to spread false stereotypes. The second video does an especially good job at pointing out that we’re truly being racist when we do these things, but we can somehow still have a good conscience. I hear a lot of the “only kind of racist” comments a lot, and it’s not okay. Subtle comments about minorities having an easier time getting into school, or asking someone a question about their life based entirely on their skin tone is not okay.

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