Does TV have underlying messages that are to hard talk about in public?

The past decade, we have see all types of television, from simple shows like “How I Met Your Mother” to “New Girl.”Some people even watch reruns of old shows. For example, a high quantity of people are binge watching “Grey’s Anatomy” to either catch up for lost time or rewatch their favorite show over and over again. These shows have life lessons that obviously apply in the shows, but they don’t always tackle controversial issue that are around communities or that can be talk about nationwide. Shows similar to “South Park” or “The Boondocks”. In the most recent of controversial television shows to come out is“Key and Peele.” Over the years, these shows have touched some of the most difficult subjects to talk about publicly with its humor, even have episodes based on either prior or current events around the country. So, the question I’ll ask is this: Does TV and film have underlying messages that are to hard talk about in public? It very well does some more powerful than others, and sometimes the message can be seen differently depending on who’s watching it.

Television has try to sensitize controversial film at times because they think that is better for the public. Shows like the ones said previously push the opinion about sensitizing television shows to the side to let out the hidden truths of not just reality but the people that create and watch these shows or movies that could raise eyebrows due to its challenging of society perception of people.

Back in 2003 the world was introduced to in my opinion one of the greatest sketch comedy shows to ever see a screen:“The Chappelle Show.” The show would last only two seasons and a few episodes on the third season in 2006. The show would have scenes involving race, stereotypes, perceptions of society, politics and many more subjects turned into humor to desensitize the public so that they are more aware and comfortable talking about these such things.

The show would have a sketch making fun of race and culture, and how some races accept other people because they’re like the majority of a certain race. The racial draft was exactly what it sounds like; each race would draft either a public figure from their race or from another race. Some of people drafted were Tiger woods by African Americans,Wu Tang Clan by Asians and, Lenny Kravitz was drafted by Jews. Whites drafted Colin Powell, but had to take Condoleeza Rice as well. Even having fun with their own races having a deal that if they keep Eminem black people would receive OJ Simpson back, which the Blacks would accept. This sketch would imply that society always wants to argue on who belongs to what races and where people belong. For example, how the blacks chose Tiger Woods because he’s half black and Asian, at the time being the best professional golf player in the world. Also during this Sketch,black people traded away Condoleezza Rice for Oj Simpson As a package deal. This would demonstrate that if you are a failure you are shamed by your races won’t be claimed by them in society.

The truth behind this comedic masterpiece almost came at a cost, when creating this scene Dave Chappelle had to get the approval of ESPN, which he did, but had to fight with Comedy Central because they didn’t like the idea. He would have to gave them an ultimatum of either air the scene or he would quit the show. They would ultimately give in and let it air, but this would be the reason the show would eventually end. The problem he had with Comedy Central was they wouldn’t let him have creative control of his show.

I like the idea of being creative, but others probably do not because they’re scared of what would happen next with shows in the future because they all contributing to the issue of people having hidden biases. Meaning that people have biases that they are unaware of which usually start from a young age and up. Just like how the racial draft was meant to claim a person to a certain races once and for all.

Back to the show, there was an episode where it mentioned Wayne Brady saying that white people love him because he makes Bryant Gumbel look like Malcolm X. He would make a later episode with actor Wayne Brady where Brady commits crimes and when pulled over by police thinks differently because he’s Wayne Brady. Basically being a scene based on perception not being the reality. It easy for television companies to play Wayne Brady because he doesn’t challenge public beliefs,stereotypes and biases.

This would lead us to today’s version of the “Chappelle’s Show,” being “Key And Peele” who worked on the Chappelle’s show years ago.. The show has a scene where it demonstrates how the public sees African American males. Key is on the phone with his wife talking about tickets to a show, but when another black man comes in the area on his phone then they start sounding tough, but when they separate Jordan says to his wife on the phone that the thought he was going to be robbed. This is an example of the stereotype that every black man is violent. He peele was scene as the though guy at first but in the end was the person who was scared for his life.

Leading to my last point, I recently watch the movie “Get Out,” which got great reviews from everyone because of the creative way of thinking by director Jordan Peele, which is not a surprise because if you know the show then it makes perfect sense. It would address a bevy of issues like objectivism and light racism. The movie would receive 99 percent by rotten Tomatoes. This is remarkable because ten years ago the public wouldn’t be able to handle this type of creativity.
Overall, there will be hard issues to talk about in public no matter what; it’s inevitable, but we need television and film to keep displaying these types of issues, and that starts with letting people have control on a idea and not changing something,not to put people down but to make them aware of these issues. If you haven’t seen the movie “Get Out” yet, then seeing it could be a good start for thinking about any hidden biases you may have as a person and how to move forward. In the meantime,“Key and Peele” is on.
Great start on this blog! There is a lot of work to do in terms of organization, sentence clarity, etc., but this is a great start and a great topic.

One thought on “Does TV have underlying messages that are to hard talk about in public?

  1. Televison has a wide range of variety of genres such as drama and comedy. These genres are ways of representing such topics and things that are hard to talk about, especially in public. This is a good blog. I like that you mention topics such as racism. Racism has been a big issue in America forever and television producers try to display racism as either colorblind or acknowledge that it is there.
    -Nora Whouley


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