Starting From The Bottom Essay

751 words - 4 pages

When you hear someone say, “no she didn’t!” who do you usually picture saying that? You picture an African American female. There are many different stereotypes depicted in the media, some positive and some negative. The main stereotype that everyone knows is typically young male/ female African American teenagers. They are portrayed as being really loud, obnoxious, ghetto, uneducated, and dangerous. This stereotype was chosen to show how negative young African Americans are betrayed. This is depicted in movies and TV shows such as Friday, Madea, Moesha, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Love and Hip-Hop.
The movie Friday depicts African Americans in a bad light. This movie is about two gut friends and everything they go through in a day, living in the hood and the only reason why it was a good day was because they did not die. First of all not every black person lives in the ghetto. Not every black person is into gang violence and drugs/weed.
Another movie that has a negative connotation of black people is Madea. As comedic as all Madea movies are it also portrays a negative side of black people. The young characters in both Madea movies and or plays are ghetto. The young females are either pregnant at a young age or had a child at a young age. They speak really loud, obnoxiously, and are illiterate. The young black guys in the movies are usually hoodlums that are into gang violence and have to pay child support for more than one female.
A TV show that shines a negative light on black people is Moesha. Even though the show isn’t meant to be negative towards black people it has its moments of not being positive towards black people. An example is the main characters best friend is a loud ghetto girl who talks in slang and does not enunciate her words correctly. Her second best friend is a young male who has a single working mom and he stops going to school to get a job in order to help pay for things at home.
Another show that negative towards black people is Love and Hip- Hop. This is a show about young black female friends who are...

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