Stereotypes on TV, Cinema and Literature Autor Conteudista: Neide Arruda


Espera-se que com as temáticas sobre TV, Cinema and Literature, os alunos possam aprimorar o aprendizado da língua inglesa enfocando os termos técnicos da área de Comunicação. A expectativa é de que os estudantes tenham a oportunidade de desenvolver as habilidades de leitura e interpretação, além de ampliar o vocabulário.



TV programs often use stereotypes to call attention. A stereotype is a generalization or a conventional image of all members of a group. It generally has to do with the behavior of a group of people. Stereotyping can create a false impression of many social groups. That is why parents should teach their children to recognize stereotypes and understand the role they play on TV and in a real life.


Stereotypes in Hollywood

Read an interview and answer the questions:

Greg: How do you see the overuse of stereotypes in movies nowadays, Mr. Koch?

Mr. Koch: Stereotype is a fixed image or generalization about a type of person or thing. It does not always represent the truth. They are simple and usually based on profession, religion, gender, ethnicity or age. And that is why filmmakers frequently overuse them. It is a quick and simple way to establish a film character’s trait.

Greg: What are the most common stereotypes used?

Mr. Koch: Nowadays we can see, for example, many movies where black people are great athletes, foreigners are villans, Italian people are loud, teens are uncivil and always grouped in gangs, blonde women are dumb, and many others.

Greg: And what about stereotypes in movies for children?

Mr. Koch: Not all stereotypes are negative. People say Asians are very intelligent, and I think it is a positive stereotype. There are some movies that get a specific nationality to make a joke, for example, in that animated movie where all the sharks have Italian names, they use Italian accent and expressions to make the characters look violent but friendly. People used to say that scene was aggressive, criminal and racist. I don’t agree. I don’t think children even noticed that cultural aspect.

Greg – So, you mean stereotypes can’t bring any harm to children?

Mr. Koch – I don’t mean that. Some specialists say that children are not sophisticated enough to see and grasp stereotypes, meaning that they don’t have the same level of critical thinking as adults. I understand that we have a lot of family comedies and there must be respect in order not to evervalue the stereotypes. Maybe parents should see these movies as learning opportunities and teach their children to recognize the stereotypes and understand how they can possibly influence people.

Greg – Do you recommend any kind of movies for children?

Mr. Koch – I guess it is a good idea if parents look for movies with the focus on friendship and mutual respect between men and women. Foreign movies are nice to understand other cultures, ethnicities and religions.

Fonte: Material de Apoio ao Currículo do Estado de São Paulo. São Paulo, 2014-2017

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