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This essay discusses censorship and the way in which social media and consumer products affect and model an appropriate societal ‘literacy’ or view in particular regards to gender and race, to young children. A summary of the stereotypes displayed in several videos viewed on YouTube, as well as student’s own identified stereotypes, both in regards to race and gender, are displayed below (Alexander, 2011; BrokenXLoner, 2012; Lac, 2013; Walt Disney Pictures, 1998, 1994, 1992, 1967, 1955, 1953, 1941):
Examples of ‘Frequent Racial Stereotypes’ Displayed in Popular Culture
African American (examples: Disney crows, orang-utans in Jungle Book, The Lion King hyenas) American Indians (example: American Indians from Peter Pan)
• Athletic, often dancing – jive, hip-hop, break dancing, hustle,
• Slowed, slurred speech patterns
• Jungle Book – orang-utans singing about wanting to be like men
• Underdog – has to work hard to get somewhere, ‘sidekick role’
• Criminal – ‘hood’, guns, gangs, ‘crooked/shonky’, poor
• Player – sexualise females in particular
• Loud, opinionated women …