Media Stereotypes In The Simpsons

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As Gregory Mantsios noted in his article "Making Magic: Making Class Invisible", "Of the various social and cultural forces in our society, the mass media is arguably the most influential in molding public consciousness" (Mantsios, 2008, 409). The way the media presents certain ideas and concepts, influences the way society perceives things. In this essay, I will focus on how South Asians are represented in the media and popular culture. And how this unfortunate portrayal by the media develops negative stereotypes. This then alters how society perceives them based on popular culture.
The media and television shows have a penchant for over exaggerating certain characters in order to make the show funnier. Certain stereotypes are overhyped in
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The owner of the Quick E Mart, Apu, I believe is a victim of producers creating an over stereotypical character in order to gain a few more laughs. Apu is presented to be a silly, dumb, foreign man that has a very poor grasp of the English language. He is constantly the butt of all the jokes. He is one of the favorite characters because he makes everyone laugh. Apu is basically played out to look inferior to their other counterparts in the show. In reality those people, the Apus of the world, who The Simpsons are trying to make fun of are actually one of the most hardworking people in the world. Most immigrants who come to America are some of the hardest working and smartest people. They left their homeland in order for their family to have a better life. That is not an easy sacrifice to make. I hope people who watch The Simpsons do not believe that all immigrants from South Asia are like the fictional character…show more content…
These roles are based of erroneous stereotypes that further the media’s hegemonic agenda. The majority of main characters in the media are held by white actors and actresses. In the book Media and Minorities: The Politics of Race in News and Entertainment, Larsen talks about the stereotypes that commonly ail the asian community in the media. She states, "these include inscrutable evil foreigners, China dolls, dragon ladies, desexed sidekicks, criminals, nerds, and mystics" (Larsen, 2006, 67). These stereotypes portray the asian American community as bookworms, and submissive. This gives the image that these Asians are weaker and thus inferior to the white

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