How Black Women Are Portrayed In The Media3
October 13, 2012 by amz1ng
Lately I have been thinking about how black women are portrayed in the media. Black women tend to be portrayed as having attitudes, being loud and obnoxious. In general when I see black women in sitcoms they are portrayed in a negative light. One sitcom that I really enjoy watching to this day is ” Martin”, which aired for five seasons from 1992 to 1997. When I look at how black women are portrayed on Martin I instantly think stereotype to it’s fullest, however the sitcom is funny to many. One might argue that it is a comedy and the gaol is to laugh and that may be true , but not at the expense of black women.
In my opinion when black women are portrayed in negative ways in the media it affects how they are treated in real life on a wide scale. If black women are seen in the media as loud, out of control and full of negative attutdes then it will be more difficult for them to be known on an indivual level due to stereotypical behavior in the media.
I agree. Black women are still the brunt of many jokes and seen as loud and obnoxious. My little sister said that “just have to see this YouTube video. It’s too funny!” She forgot that I was taking this class and I called her out, but good, on the negative portrayal of Black women.
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I miss THE COSBY SHOW !badly!! the black women characters were treated well, no buffoons==FAMILY MATTERS was another one–if they acted weird, it was because of IRKEL being a pest and making a mess (using slapstick) “did I do thaaaaat?”