I think that it's kind of interesting to think about all of the sitcoms and television series that feature a male, working class buffoon. I hadn't really drawn any attention to this fact until I took this class. Once you lump them all together and read about them in one article, it really opens your eyes to the stereotype media is portraying of men in America. King of Queens is one of my favorite television shows, but in a sense I appreciated Doug's humor, even though he is portrayed as lazy, fat, and stupid. I feel that because of the hilarity associated with Doug, it blinded me to the other dissatisfying attributes that his character has. This could be said for any of the other men roles displayed in sitcoms. The fact of the matter is, is that these shows are going to thrive, even though they are displaying unfair stereotypes because it's funny! People like to laugh, and forget about their troubles when they sit down and turn on the television. I for one, would be really sad if shows like the King of Queens were taken off the air. It's just unfortunate that America has to be associated and portrayed in such a negative way.
Male Buffoons in the Media
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