Trumps New Military Ban

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On July 26, 2017, President Donald Trump sent out a series of three messages on the social media platform Twitter. The three messages included new information about a certain group of people from the LGBTQ Community. They said, in order, “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow……” “….Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming…..” “….victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you”

In writing these messages Trump stated that transgender individuals are burdens, which created an uprising on every social media platform. Hashtags were created and reused from old, forgotten about protests. Celebrities took to Instagram and Twitter to reblog pictures and captions that littered every corner of the internet. Celebrities/Politicians spoke their mind over Twitter.

Tom Perez tweeted “To the members of the transgender community: You are not a “burden.” Do not let this president shake you. We support you, we stand with you.” The tweet was liked more than 70,000 times and retweeted more than 35,000 times.

An old tweet from Ivanka Trump said, “I am proud to support my LGBTQ friends and the LGBTQ Americans who have made immense contributions to our society and economy.” That tweet was quoted by another twitter user James Cordon who, on July 26, said, “Hey Ivanka, James here. Hope all is good, quick question, can you… Erm… Call your dad and have a talk. X” That was in response to what her father had tweeted just earlier that day.

Former Vice President, Joe Biden, tweeted “Every patriotic American who is qualified to serve in our military should be able to serve. Full stop.”

Since Trump’s tweets people have stopped to wonder, ‘Is this constitutional?’ ‘what about those who are already in the military? will he really take 15,000 individuals out of the army?’ ‘isn’t he basically un-arming our military?’

However, none of these things can shake our community. Why? Because President Trump’s many actions carried out during his term have shown us, multiple times over, that when you silence and discriminate against one community, all others stand up to shout louder and stronger for those who can’t.

Rolling Back The Frontiers Of Representation

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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.