Media Stereotypes In The Media

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For years Latinas have been commonly portrayed in the media as criminals, maids, spicy, sexy, and many other untrue stereotypes. In an effort to change the way people perceive Latina women as a result of inaccurate media depictions, many celebrities are using their platform to effect change by paving the way for Latinas to be seen for who they truly are: strong-headed, hardworking, passionate, and proud. The Mexican-American population alone makes up 17% of the United States population (Negrón-Muntaner), yet they’re one of the most poorly portrayed ethnicities in American entertainment. Notably, race and gender are one of the biggest topics in America right now; it’s important to analyze the intersectionality between gender, race, and the media. In particular, it is imperative that there be an understanding of the unjust way the media has been portraying Latinas and realize their important contribution to the entire social fabric of the nation. Aside from Spanish media outlets based in America like Univision, La Opinion, and Telemundo, programs like Narcos, Ugly Betty, and Modern Family portray Latinos as criminals, maids, or gardners with thick accents in American media. Not to mention, in these type of television shows, many women are commonly depicted as solely being spicy, sexy, and sassy sexpots. These traits are a misinterpretation by American media. Latina women aren’t always hot-headed, sexy, and sassy; the media fails to acknowledge many of their positive traits

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