Saturday, April 5, 2014

Queer youth in the media

As i read the first article (Queer Representation in the Media) I couldn't help but make a connection to the short video clips we watched in Dr. Miller's class. I cant remember the name of the movies but it was about representing teenagers in movies and portrayed them as either white middle to upper class students or lower class black students. I made the connection because in the article the author says in the 1960's gay and lesbians were portrayed as middle class, stable white people. As times changed, gays in the media could become any race and from any background.

I feel like as far as marketing goes, you either got it or you don't. In one of the articles the author states "it's a double edged sword". It's a win lose situation. On one hand it represents gays and lesbians in a positive way by allowing them into the media in such a wide spectrum. On the other hand it exposes them to a whole new world of criticism. If it wasn't bad enough to be physically compared to celebrities or famous people now gays and lesbians have to live up to the standards that they see and interpret on TV.

I almost feel hesitant to write on this topic because I don't want to offend anyone, especially on accident by something I didn't mean. Now that I think about it, advertisers might also have a similar outlook. No matter how they portray gays and lesbians, someone will have something negative to say about it. Either they shouldn't be in the media at all or something to do with why aren't they white? why aren't they asian or black? why are the rich/poor?

Regardless, I think this will be an interesting topic with a lot of controversy to keep us on our toes.

1 comment:

  1. I think what causes people to get so upset is the issue that Media Smart talked about...when a straight person is on TV acting a certain way, that doesn't mean ALL straight identified people act that way. It's become the norm to generalize queer people by one or two representations that are out there. I think the only way to prevent this problem is for 1. producers, etc to say that they aren't generalizing that all queer people are this way or that way, they're just making one character like that and 2. there to be more queer characters so that they are different and show people that not all queer people are the same.