The premiere of Hanna-Barbera’s sitcom The Jetsons in 1962 introduced America to your average nuclear family of the distant future. This served as Hanna-Barbera’s counterpoint to their other animated sitcom The Flintstones, which premiered two years prior. Just as The Flintstones did with its prehistoric setting, The Jetsons used its Space Age setting to make social commentary about the rise of consumerism in the immediate post-World War II economy.
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One of my earliest blog posts was an essay defending Johnny Bravo from a feminist perspective. In my defense of it, I mentioned in passing that one of the ways that the series still falls short of truly being a feminist show was that it potentially diminishes how detestable his behavior towards women is.
This post is partially a response to that one. I grossly undercut how pernicious the show’s treatment of Johnny’s behavior towards women is.
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Pocahontas is a controversial Disney film. It’s not hard to see why. In its attempt to tell a story of a historical Native American figure, especially one alive during the beginnings of European colonization of the Americas, it ended up reinforcing a lot of Native American stereotypes and myths about colonization. For the sake of this post, I’m only going to address one of the sources of backlash towards Pocahontas. Which brings me to the song above, “Savages”.
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So Bill Maher used the N-word on his show over the weekend.
This being after he cynically uses dead black bodies as a political football to wag his finger at Cornel West for not supporting Hillary Clinton.
This also being after he brings that piece of crap who lead a racist harassment campaign against Leslie Jones on his show and completely kisses his ass.
But that’s all okay, right?
Anyone who watched The Daily Show several years back might remember that Jon Stewart held a half-hour pay-per-view debate with longtime adversary Bill O’Reilly. It was the debate where Jon Stewart coined the term “bullshit mountain” as a takedown of the way O’Reilly constructs narratives to justify his points of view.
I watched the debate between Stewart and O’Reilly and by the time I got to the end, I couldn’t help but wonder what the point of it was. I didn’t feel like anything of substance came from the debate besides a couple of funny lines from Stewart (like “bullshit mountain”). It was just a longer form of the same old debates Stewart and O’Reilly have on each other shows all the time, except now they were asking for money to watch it (I thankfully found an upload on YouTube to watch for free). The debate wasn’t about enlightening the audience in understanding differing perspectives of points of view. All the audience was there for was to rally behind whatever side they already supported. The whole spectacle was more comparable to watching a Dallas Cowboys/Philadelphia Eagles game than a robust, intellectually stimulating debate.
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