This is a piece I have written for my Gold arts award, exploring racial stereotypes within film and the effects that they have on different cultures.
Comment posted on 8 November 2018
I enjoyed reading this article. I liked the way you spoke about how you felt on the subject at the start of the piece, as I feel the same way as you do and felt as though I could relate. Well done.
This is an article of which I agree with completely. It is very well worded and you mentioned things of which I already thought of that cause the arts not to be cared for as much as main subjects like English for example. I feel as though the fact that parents are a big influence on kids doing arts is a great point as I have experienced quite a few people that don't feel as though arts like drama, dance, art, etc, will help their kids at all. Well done.
An interest article to read. I found it to be filled with knowledge of which I didn't know before reading this. I feel that it was wrote in a way of which helped me to understand it more. For, example the uses of quotes. I also like the use of pictures, like diagrams in order to show certain statistics. Well done.
A great article which approaches this sensitive subject very well. From reading this you have made me think a lot about how there are people that don't get into companies or get jobs as they don't "Look the part". You've made me question how some people expect to find new talent just because of a certain way of which they look, there could be a dancer that's so much better than somebody else and could be the next best thing, but don't get the chance as the people choosing want to go with a safer option, which would be the people that "Look the part". I also really liked the fact that you used quotes from your own personal experience with Billy Sawyer, I feel it was an effective way to back your point by using a quote from someone well known in the dance industry. Very well done.
A great article of which clearly talks about the opinions of others on the subject. As someone who has done karate for about six years I found that what you said about having to experience it to understand was a valid point. However, when addressing marital art competitions like Kung Fu, I would have liked to have seen more about how even in these competitions, it is very controlled as you are not there to severely hurt your opponent, you are there to show your skill in the art and the control, of which takes years of practice, for you to not severely hurt your opponents. But apart from that I really enjoyed your article, well done.
Thank you both for your positive feedback. In response to your question Bee, (great question by the way) I believe that the use of satire and addressing the fact that racial stereotypes need to be casted into the light in films like Team America by using even more negative racial stereotypes can be a good way to help people understand it and realise how ridiculous it actually is that people think it. However, there are many people that can't take satire very well and so when they hear satire jokes about these racial stereotypes, it can go over their heads and they can instead take it as a serious thing. Also if you were of the race that are being portrayed in such extreme uses of negative racial stereotyping for comedy, you would probably take it to heart and find it very offensive. So I would say that yes, it does contribute to the problem as it can be interpreted as mocking a situation that is already not taken seriously enough.