Unspoken Stereotypes Movies Trick You Into Believing
The Cracked Podcast #75 June 1, 2015
Source material aside, did you find yourself watching ‘Daredevil’ on Netflix and thinking: Matt Murdock is a very capable blind man in New York, why does he need the cane, the sunglasses, and the wide-eyed stare? He walks the streets with ease and beats up thugs with horrifying proficiency, why the need for the standard film and television signifiers that yes, he is indeed a blind man?
Can’t characters be blind, be handicapped, be gay, be Jamaican, be anything other than straight white American men without writers or directors or costume designers slapping the easiest, most stereotypical labels on them?
This week on the podcast, Jack O’Brien is joined by Jason Pargin (aka David Wong) and Josh Sargent to talk about the pitfalls of this cinematic shorthand, how certain movie stereotypes unknowingly misrepresent the people they try to epitomize, and why even “a good stereotype,” is still wildly reductive of an entire population of people.