What's Your Flava? Blog and DQ

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The reading, "What's Your Flava", by Sarah Banet-Weiser discusses the different ways in which the media utilizes race in many different ways. Weiser begins by introducing an example regarding toys that were made by Mattel, dolls called "Flavas", which featured a few different toy dolls of different skin tones, leading consumers to believe that they were all of different races. These dolls were fashionably dressed and possessed other items making them "cool" such as a boom-box in hand and a street scene backdrop, making this sort of urban persona seem like the popular, trendy thing to do. It can be argued that this is giving people of ethnicity a negative wrap for being associated with being cool by being a part of this street, hip hop culture, rather than what white people may normally be portrayed as in the media.

Weiser is basically stating how it's fantastic that media outlets are including different races in different ways in their products, advertisements, television shows, etc., however in some parts this has also given people of color this image of urban, hip hop association which takes away from the real message and value.

DQ: This is just my opinion, and I know that it all seems too easy when just speaking loosely about it, but don't you think that since it has been established that segregation of all kinds regarding race is over in the United States legally, and hopefully by most on a personal level as well, that issues of race and the ways in which they are represented is almost just nitpicking at small details and the idea of seeing a black girl in a hip hop setting shouldn't necessarily be viewed any differently than a white girl in a hip hop setting? I believe that this is the underlying problem in which race issues today stem from.

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This page contains a single entry by Alex Sims published on October 9, 2012 10:36 PM.

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