Industry Vs the Audience

Industry Vs the Audience

 

The question is the media greater than the audience or vice versa?

Many believe that the media was first produced and then the audience came along, but in hindsight the Audience came first because if there is a want for something and a business may think it would be profitable they tend to make it happen for the sake of money.

An industry that has developed throughout the years:

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Disney has come far from when it first started off and it isn’t the whole Disney industry but The Disney Princess industry who from snow white to Moana has changed the roles of the helpless princess to the independent strong woman who doesn’t need an independent, strong and intelligent man to help save the day.

In this Blog post, I will be mostly talking about the transition that the idea of the Disney princess has went through and how over the years it changed the image of princesses all around the world.  (preceden, 2018)

There are a lot of transitions that Disney has developed; quality, ideas, censorship but obviously race.

Snow white was the first animated Disney princess to enter the world of media. As a scullery maid, she was frowned upon by her step mother because she was jealous that she is much more beautiful than her.

As the movie was produced in the 1930’s at the time woman had lost their rights to many things and in America most states made it illegal for woman to work (mostly married woman), they were expected to stay at home to cook and clean which is shown in the movie its self as prince Florian had to save snow white herself. (Prezi, 2018)

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54 years later the movie Aladdin came to theatres as having one of the first Disney princess of colour which had been coming for a long way due to a history of white princesses. Although Jasmine is a spritely independent woman her main task is to support Aladdin.

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After that the Audience started to accept having woman of colour playing princesses as after Aladdin came Pocahontas another woman off colour only 3 years after Aladdin. Pocahontas had a very independent character as she protected her village while also protecting the man she loved and fought for what was right which wasn’t shown in many Disney princess movies and that the person that lead the independence was female. (Celebrating Disney Princesses of Colour, 2018)

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Common Disney princess Movies that used to prove that woman had no rights were; Ariel and sleeping beauty both these movies had the prince save the day while the princess was no one to be seen fighting.

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This proved that at the time of the movie release audiences did not want to see that on television because of their mind set but in the present day if a woman doesn’t show the slightest bit of independence the movie is frowned upon.

After Pocahontas the most independent Disney movie of its time came out that shows a female deceiving the odds of not being able to fight in the war to cutting her hair short, dressing as a man and taking the role of her father to save him from having to fight in the war. (2018)

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Tiana on the other hand was a hard-working woman and although she wished upon a star she had her mind set out and knew she didn’t only have to wish upon a start and she had to put her mind on a task and get it.

As she educates herself that is her only priority and won’t let anyone stand in her way as she is also the first African American princess and had an African prince.

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Meredith being a woman who doesn’t want an arranged marriage she single handily save her mother who was cast under a spell to show how much she loves her mother and how their relationship is set due to the face any mother figure in most princess movie isn’t actually their mother or don’t even have a mother to begin with. She doesn’t rely on other people to help her fix her mistake what had happened with her mother her fault and hers only. Meredith also stayed single some Disney movies show woman being independent but at the end almost always fine true love, but not in her case she doesn’t (Bustle , 2018)

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Finally Frozen (Elsa) she is one of the most independent princes mostly resembling Meredith from brave but even more independent showing and teaching her sister that marriage is a very serious thing and should be very looked into as she quotes “you can’t marry someone you just met” which is something very common in Disney movies that the female character normally never knows her prince and just falls in love when she sees him. As Elsa herself has a controversy that she is gay this has not been confirmed by Disney and if so is the audience ready for such a huge step towards equality? as Elsa tells us that “the act of true love has nothing to do with a man” that the love of her and her sister seems more powerful than any Disney romance out there. (Her View From Home, 2018)

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Disney has advanced throughout the years developing females into independent woman, Equality no matter what skin colour of ethnic background and telling us that if we want something we need to work hard to achieve it. In my opinion the Indusrty wasnt only created by the audience because the audience wanted to but also that the audience felt it nececcasry for change and wanted to see a difference so that their children will not be closed minded.

References

(2018, january 20). Retrieved from preceden: https://www.preceden.com/timelines/50323-disney-princess-movies

(2018, january 20). Retrieved from Prezi: https://prezi.com/-w5bjkklbhgj/role-of-women-in-society-in-the-1930s/

(2018, january 20). Retrieved from Buzzfeed: https://www.buzzfeed.com/louispeitzman/reasons-tiana-is-the-most-underrated-disney-princess?utm_term=.bfE3P3Xae#.jjmD3DYWJ

(2018, january 20). Retrieved from Bustle : https://www.bustle.com/articles/107099-fact-merida-from-brave-is-disneys-most-feminist-princess

(2018, january 20). Retrieved from Her View From Home: https://herviewfromhome.com/why-frozens-anna-and-elsa-are-great-role-models/

(2018, january 20). Retrieved from http://bethanykhan.blogspot.com.mt/2009/04/jasmine-pocahontas-and-mulan.html

Celebrating Disney Princesses of Colour. (2018, january 20). Retrieved from Man Vs Pink: http://manvspink.com/blog/celebrating-disney-princesses-of-colour/

 

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Stereotypes

Female Stereotypes

 

A general stereotype that is proclaimed by the media is that the female role is of the ditzy, attractive and sexy woman that is used to create tension between herself and another co-star: for example, in the earlier seasons of the big bang theory; Penny which at the time was the only female cast member. (Huffpost, 2017)

Although trough out the years the female role has developed into independent woman this is no so true in the eye of media, yes, some films like wonder woman, Kill Bill and The Avengers (Black Widow) show that there can be an independent, strong and smart female lead role but this isn’t the case of most films where the female is usually helpless like in Spiderman where Mary-Jane is always the damsel in distress.

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Some of the more common Stereotypes in the Media are:

  • Woman are always Sexy, Thin and pretty (Always focused on their appearance): A general Focus point when casting a female character is that she is thin, petite with a beautiful bronze natural skin tone and an amazing figure. Although most woman are nowhere close to that description the media still portrays them as so.

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For example the princess diary’s; When Mia found out she was the heir to the throne of Genovia the first thing she did was get a makeover.

This proving the stereotype for Mia to fit the role of a princess she must look a certain way with a face full of makeup, hair totally changed and no glasses.

  • Weak (Physically and emotionally): Sometimes no matter how much woman work they still get portrayed as weak one movie shows just that “little red riding hood” by Catharine Hardwicke in it, the actress Amanda Seyfried’s role is of quiet and pretty girl who is torn between two men will she marry the man of her dreams or the man her parents arranged her to marry? As the movie is set in medieval times did not have a choice to say no and her only other option is to run away with her one true love.

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As she is being chased by a Man-Wolf after he already killed her sister as she waits to be rescued all she does is weep, walk from one place to another, reapply her makeup and hope she doesn’t die. (The guardian, 2017)

Lgbtq+ stereotypes

 

According to some studies it shows that The Lgbtq+ community in Hollywood needs some improvement in movies, If Hollywood wants to stay relevant it must develop and have much more leading Lgbtq+ roles when casting out of 126 major releases in 2015 only 22 had characters identified in the Lgbtq+. (Los angeles times, 2017)

Some stereotypes that involve the Lgbtq+

 

  • When casting a member of the Lgbtq+ they are usually gay feminine white males that are in fashion or theatre: 77% of active Lgbtq+ roles in movies are males therefore 23% are Lesbians and 9% are bisexual. Research shows that only 8.5% of gay roles are black where as 72.3% of gay roles represent white actors. There is nothing wrong when you express femininity but how Hollywood makes it seem that all gay males are like is wrong. The movie legally blonde amazing but it gave in to the stereotype that all gay men are fashionistas and work in fashion, More movies such as “Clueless” and the “birdcage” have the same effect. (Girl, 2017)

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  • Butch lesbians are aggressive, violent and don’t have boundaries: in this movie called “Foxy Brown” there is a scene where Foxy gets into a fight with an aggressive butch lesbian because any self-identified bunched lesbian is looking for a fight with a straight man. Not all lesbians use hypersexuality for a way to get close to a straight girl for example in bitch perfect Cynthia Rose clearly has the personality of a predator and predicts that all lesbian woman are sexually frustrated and need a female right there and then as she is shown to touch woman’s part without their consent. (girl, 2017)

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References

(2017, December 20). Retrieved from The guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2011/mar/08/pathetic-female-film-characters

(2017, decmber 20). Retrieved from Huffpost: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/allison-lantagne/gender-roles-media_b_5326199.html

(2017, december 20). Retrieved from Los angeles times: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-glaad-studio-lgbt-20160502-snap-htmlstory.html

(2017, december 20). Retrieved from girl: http://www.gurl.com/2015/08/04/movies-with-lazy-lesbian-stereotypes/#1

(2017, december 20). Retrieved from Girl: http://www.gurl.com/2015/08/18/offensive-gay-stereotypes-in-movies-media/#1