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With Film and TV viewings being at an all time high, the disconnect between people in the ‘real’ world and the people in our TV and Films is more noticeable than ever, with all of this, one question emerges being, ‘Where does that leave minorities?’, you only have to watch a film or TV programme to see limiting stereotypes reinforced, the question I ask is ‘If times are changing and we’re in a good place in terms of social change, then why are there hardly any film or TV shows where harsh stigmas and stereotypes come into play’. Personally, I don’t think this is okay.
Black and Minority Ethnics (BAME) have had enough, disabled people have had enough and LGBTQ+ communities have had enough, these people are special, one of a kind, we shouldn’t be limiting and patronising them the way that we are currently, we should be celebrating them.
Admittedly, there are a small few programmes which challenge these social norms and they are praised, but this shouldn’t be considered amazing to make a film that doesn’t paint minorities in a negative light because we should be doing this all the time, being fair and impartial to those minorities. This, accompanied by the fact that gender norms and roles are being foisted on viewers show how not only are we not fully inclusive as a generation, but we still adopt outdated ideologies that are not only sexist, racist, homophobic and hurtful to those with disabilities but, we are making these minority groups doubt themselves in their own personal ability and this is unacceptable.
So, let’s look past these barriers, let’s drive social change, and challenge these outdated status quos for ourselves, let’s be understanding, respectful and inclusive of each other. The power as consumers of film and television lay in your hands.
Here’s to better days.