In “Queer Looks,” the authors point out how despite the different approaches employed by Julien and Riggs in their works, they both still refused “to carry the burden of representation, instead opening it to displace the assumptions and exceptions contained within [racial representation].” The authors explain the importance of this decision by saying that when one individual speaks as a representative of a community, it risks “the violent reductionism which repeats the stereotypical view within the majority culture that minority communities are homogenous, unitary, and monolithic because their members are all the same.” I think this quotation summarizes one of the biggest problems in media because even when new productions attempt to demonstrate a specific group in a different light in order break stereotypes, there is always the risk that the stereotype will only change, not that it will disappear.  I’m particularly reminded of movies/shows that only have one Latinx/ Black character and therefore they become the representatives of these communities, shaping the perspectives of viewers. It’s a dangerous process that unfortunately is still very relevant due to the absence of unrepresented groups in the media.

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  1. palomapineda19 says:

    I like many of the points you brought up in your post, and I think the idea of a “tyranny of the majority” and one stereotype that forever defines one community. This is present in many news broadcasting sites and entertainment media where common and incorrect narratives of the “immigrant” or the “thug” are portrayed by white news reporters in regards to protests on current issues.

    You also brought up the issue of underrepresented groups in media, and through this class as well as recently released films, I think the media industry is slowly giving prominent roles to people of color. Though this process has been extremely slow, after seeing Moonlight I am excited to hopefully see more films and media narratives around underrepresented individuals and communities.

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