Week 6 Blog Post


I am now viewing television in a whole new way because of our readings and discussions that took place this last week. I was oblivious to the ever popular "buffoon" character being a regular appearance for the vast majority of television shows. I mean, I always knew that every show had to have a goofy character for comedic relief, but I didn't see that this character is also usually correlated with being "dumb," or "incapable." But time and time again we see these characters reemerging. Is it because we have grown comfortable with the "buffoon" character and now we expect to see someone fill that role on every show? Why isn't there a sarcastic and hilarious CEO on screen? These generalized roles are ever more evident after reading Bettie and Butsch.

With that said, I also find the topic of race and class to be a sensitive subject in regards to television standards. Typically, I don't pay attention to these things either, but I am in awe of how many shows broadcast this "standard." It's almost discriminatory how these typified characters are portrayed to be real people. For example, on Wednesday we spoke about the racially loaded term "white trash" that is frequently used on Roseanne. I learned as a young child that if I don't have anything nice to say, then not to say it at all. I'm offended that she sees herself in this light and has the audacity to consider herself of that standard. Frankly, this isn't a message that should be put on television, despite the "humor" that accompanies it. I don't think its funny to mock the working class in this way.


I agree with you on the offensive nature of the term "white trash." On Roseanne, however, I wonder if the use of the term was just as an acknowledgment of the way she believed people in the middle and upper classes saw her, and she was just using it in a sarcastic way, but did not personally feel that way about herself or her family.

I agree with you about not liking the way that the middle class is portrayed as white class frequently on television shows. I think that it is unfortunate that is has become such a standard. like we discussed in class it may just be that she is trying to reclaim the word "white trash" to make it seem more okay and not degrading. Although I can appreciate trying to make a bad thing seem okay- I still think it shows the working class in a negative way and that attempt may be a little lost in translation.

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