Negative Effects Of African American Women In Movies

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African American women have been faced with severe discrimination and challenges when it comes to getting favorable roles on television shows and movies. In 2013, African Americans played in only 13 percent of roles in film (Crigger and Santhanam, 1). Women are fighting for representation on television and in movies every day, and it is rare to see an African American woman with a role that is not considered offensive. Men do not have a problem getting favorable roles for any type of film. Cheung stated that “negative imagery of black women appears twice as often as positive depictions, Essence reported in 2013” (1). African American women are getting more acting time in television shows and movies, but are being portrayed negatively compared to their male counterparts and to white male actors.
African American women are being represented more negatively than men, even if they are within the same race. Results showed that there was a significant relationship between gender and humiliation (Smith, 43). No matter what race a person may be, it is more likely that the women will be given the less desirable role, or none at all. African American women are usually only given opportunities to act or be a part of a
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African American women have been presented as “ratchet” in reality television shows (Warner, 131). Teenagers today might define “ratchet” as rowdy, messy, and typically a bad sense of style. Warner said that radio host Charlamagne Tha God defines the word ratchet as simply anything that is “young, wild, and free, but there is “ignorant ratchetness” that the media emphasizes (130). In most reality television shows, African American women are being stereotyped as their roles are being written. This helps explain why they are being so negatively portrayed, even though it should not be

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