Symbolic Interactionist Media Paper

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Symbolic Interactionist Media Paper
Renee Abreu
SOC/100
March 12, 2012
University of Phoenix

Symbolic Interactionist Media Paper

Family Guy, an American animated sitcom created in 1999, is a fictional television show that centers around a dysfunctional family called the Griffins and their talking dog. The show takes place in a fictional city known as the city of Quahog and illustrates much of its humor from jokes on American culture. The show has an animated cast of predominantly white characters with two African-American characters, which we see consistently throughout the program. Although the show exhibits many different forms of social inequality the most frequent of which that I have seen has been racism between whites and
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Ironically the white woman and her black slave and children showed an uncanny resemblance to the Griffins, the white main characters. Again this was probably done to relate the theme to the audience by making the characters during the slavery scene more easily recognizable.
Another scene from the show was in regards to police brutality where one of the main black characters is lead into getting into a police van to test a new device. He steps into a sensor surrounded by white police officers and a machine comes down from the ceiling and starts beating him with clubs while the officers stand and watch. In another scene a white politician is talking to a news reporter. The report caption reads “All Police Officers Gone From Quahog” and a few seconds after talking to the reporter the politician jumps up in celebration and unzips his skin uncovering a black man in a Speedo. The scene then cuts to the entire town of white people unzipping their skin uncovering a large group of black men and women in bathing suits celebrating in the street.
As I think about these scenes I can’t help but think that the creators of the show quite possibly showcase racism in this way in order to bring real life events that are similar to those depicted to light. The fact that you are not able to hear what the characters are saying adds a little more to how symbolic these scenes are in making people aware

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