The 's 2016 Blockbuster, Ghostbusters Reboot Directed By Paul Feig

2033 Words Oct 29th, 2016 9 Pages
The importance of representation on various media platforms amounts to an on-going struggle with socially marginalized groups and the dominant cultures – within this hegemony the characters on offer are largely white and heterosexual with only few exceptions here and there. With some network shows trying to normalize having people of colour in prominent roles, and displaying natural and neutral queer romances, we are narrowing the gap between these marginalized groups and equal representation, but there is still a lot of ground to cover. Stuart Hall’s take on cultural struggle offers us a great template, through which we can look at these power relations and see their significance in the lives of the marginalized. As a case example this essay uses Sony’s 2016 blockbuster, Ghostbusters reboot directed by Paul Feig, starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. The film has attracted a large queer audience due to several facts we will be looking at in the later paragraphs. This essay will discuss the different manifestations of queer audiences dealing with limited representation and how their struggle against the almost completely naturalized heteronormativity in Hollywood comes to show. And to clear out this essay’s use of the word “queer”, it takes the position of an umbrella term, creating opposing force to the heterosexual binary taken for granted – so in this case the word queer includes the LGBTQ+ identities. “Queer is both an exclusive and an…

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