Life In The Dream America Essay

2056 words - 9 pages

The 21st century is an era in which social media, television, film and advertisement ads play a crucial role on the development of teenagers. Through movies young teenagers develop their ‘perfect’ idea of love and of how they aspire to live their life. Aside from our closely admired friends and family, our role models become our favorite childhood movie protagonists. As we grow older, we aspire our life to develop just as their fictional life did. I, unlike today’s young teenagers did not grow up with Disney, music videos, or Barbie, since, my family did not own a television until I was 10 years old. My first encounter with Barbie happened when I was in middle school after I moved to the US. Beyond my friends idealizing Barbie, her popularity made me believe that she was the perfect example of an American young adult. Although, I could not ignore her unrealistic life, deep inside me I wanted to be like her. I wanted to be popular, independent and secure, just like she is portrayed on the television series Life in the Dreamhouse. Soon I realized that it would not be possible because as a Latina teenager our lifestyle and physical appearance are far from comparison. Ultimately, the show Life in the Dreamhouse, causes Latina female youth to feel insecure and rejected by the American popular culture. In this episode Barbie is falsely portray as independent, intelligent and gives false idea of the perfect American role model to Latinas.
By evaluating the significance of the Hollywood sign the disparity of the American and Latino culture is obvious. The episode begins with a beautiful camera shot of the Barbie “Hollywood” sign while a happy summer song plays on the background. The Hollywood sign is replaced by the word “Barbie,” which holds a powerful meaning since for decades it has represented California. Subsequently, to young artists California has represented the place where they can achieve their dreams and attain the fame that for long they aspire. Giving the meaningful importance of the Hollywood sign, Barbie by being portray as beautifully perfect and replacing the sign makes California seem like the place where all the beautiful people come together. However, from the Latino perspective California is the place where we can triumph by obtaining an education and finding the jobs that our countries are lacking. These dreams and hopes are reflected on the popularity and symbolism of the Hollywood sign. Naturally, looking at the Hollywood sign being replaced by the word Barbie makes Latinas believe that Barbie is as admirable and worth of respect as the Hollywood sign itself. Equally important, it portrays her as a model so perfect and important enough to have her name replace such an important sign.
The way she is portrayed at the beginning of the episode makes her seem like the symbol for what young Latinas aspire to accomplish because, Barbie driving her pink convertible through an empty beach street with her ‘Barbie’ sign on the...

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