Amanda Dominguez-Chio

Amanda Dominguez-Chio

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    Villainizing People of Color

    The live broadcast of Grease saw a diverse cast. People are asking for more representation of minorities and we’re are steadily seeing more in film and television. The release of 13 Reasons Why also welcomes a diverse cast; however, several of the bullies are portrayed by people of color. By casting people of color as the bullies, doesn’t this villanize minorities? At what point does television (and/or film) cross the line between diverse representation and tokenism?

    • I mean...equality means equality. So casting POCs as both protagonists and antagonists is/should the goal, I'd say. The problem occurs when there is one side that is favored, like if they were ONLY cast as villains. But casting POCs in a variety of roles is more difficult when they're rarely cast-the problem is quantitative rather than qualitative. I mean, one minority from one specific program hardly vilifies an entire race, unless that's the ONLY representation that race ever gets (and not even then, to those who possess common sense). I don't really understand a lot of the media representation argument, as I often see people complaining that a character played by a POC doesn't possess the specific traits they want to see represented... I dunno', the media's problem with casting too few POC has led to an insane amount of projection. Just my two cents. – m-cubed 8 months ago
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    • Great question. Not just people of color, but Russians. Unbelievable how many times, the bad guy is the Russian. Having said that how many times is the bad guy old? These old tropes are because of lazy writers who want to cop out of developing a really good antagonist. I think this question could be framed in the way of asking why is it so important that diversity be embraced for antagonists but not necessarily heroes. It should be the character which is important, or in the case of villains, lack of. – Munjeera 8 months ago
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    • You have to be careful here...There are definitely cases in which people of color can/are being disproportionately being shown as criminals, thieves, etc...But that doesn't mean that they shouldn't play criminal roles...TV and the internet play huge roles in the negative stigmas, but at the end of the day, most racism is indoctrination learned from family and friends...People who are informed and open-minded, can watch someone of any race playing any role and not equate their actions to an entire people...We will always have IDIOTS, because IDIOTS are allowed to breed and pass along whatever 'knowledge' they want...Keep in mind as well, that most roles in American cinema are played by whites, not people of color, so therefore, they are seen as the overwhelming majority of criminals, rapists, etc...Try focusing on what they call 'white-washing' in Hollywood, i.e. The Great Wall, Ghost in the Shell, The Last Samurai, and so on... – MikeySheff 7 months ago
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    • When watching 13 REASONS WHY, I was impressed by the diversified cast. Finally, a young adult show representative of today's younger generation. Though you state many of the bullies are people of color, this aspect is not specifically attributed to people of color, but to all the players within the story. For once, I think the casting directors got it right by incorporating a multitude of individuals that people can relate to. – danielle577 6 months ago
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    A History of Banned Books

    A discussion of popular or well-known novels that have been under fire or criticism due to their content. Perhaps even discuss why that book was banned and whether those books should remain banned or not.

    • Really good topic. There are loads of books to discuss. Have a look at Baudelaire's Flowers of Evil. – Rachel Elfassy Bitoun 2 years ago
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    • Since this topic is broad, it would be best to either approach it with different sub categories of reasons why they were banned or just focus on one aspect. For example, I know 'The Fault in our Stars' was banned from a middle school, and John Green had a response to that. So this could be books banned from schools, or something else. Just a suggestion! – YsabelGo 2 years ago
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    • There are lots of articles out there already on banned books -- maybe focus this one on current or recent books. I don't know that the internet needs another examination of why Huckleberry Finn was banned. – Monique 2 years ago
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    • One especially to consider is Alison Bechdel's graphic novel Fun Home that was given to college freshmen (at Duke I believe?), which many students declined to read, and even protested, because its of graphic depictions of lesbian sex. It's a complicated issue, considering there are even more liberal people who agreed that freshmen shouldn't be forced to read something of that nature. I, on the other hand, totally support the school's decision to use the book. That's just a more recent example in case you're looking for one! :) – southdakoda 2 years ago
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    • I've noticed that a lot of banned books are young adult novels. For example, Harry Potter, Thirteen Reasons Why, Perks of Being a Wallflower, Looking for Alaska, and so many more. I find it interesting that they make these books banned when each one has very important lesson and young people could benefit from reading them. – diehlsam 2 years ago
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    Sherman Alexie

    Sherman Alexie has written several novels, short stories, and poetry. He wrote the screenplay for the 1998 film Smoke Signals, which was based off his collection of short stories Tonto and the Lone Ranger Fistfight in Heaven. This article can explore a few of the themes that Alexie incorporates in his writing. His work is taught in some classrooms, yet his novels have been challenged and/or banned by libraries. This article can even open up a bigger discussion into the lack of diversity in literature.

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      How Awkward Differs From Other Teen Dramas

      MTV’s Awkward is ending. The series focused on the adventures of Jenna Hamilton. She reaches popularity after the result of an accident is misconstrued and blown out of proportion. Yet, the teen drama gained acclaim for being one of MTVs best-scripted dramas. This article should explore the characters and how they differ from other teen dramas.For example, Sadie Saxton, Jenna’s bully, is not a thin cheerleader, but a teen insecure about her weight.

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        The Work of Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche

        Discuss Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche’s work and the topics she explores.

        • Yes, I would like to learn more about this author. I see she has written so many books. Perhaps, add some biographical information in addition to exploring who her audience is and what platforms are used to reach these readers. – Venus Echos 2 years ago
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        Amy Schumer

        As much as I want to write this article, I feel like someone has a better grasp at this topic. A discussion of comedienne Amy Schumer, such as her stand-up comedy and her show on Comedy Central, Inside Amy Schumer. Perhaps discuss her best sketches.

        • I would really enjoy reading this article because I feel like Amy just came out of nowhere and all of a sudden she is this huge female voice in the entertainment industry. I don't even know where she came from! – Alora 2 years ago
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        • An insight into her comedic character (and growth of) might be good too, as the film Trainwreck that's coming out this summer (I think?) looks set to be a film version of the persona that is represented in her stand-up. – Hannah Spencer 2 years ago
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        • I think what really appealing to her as a comedian is how much she makes fun of herself. A lot of her humor is pretty relatable to young women as well with sketches like "Hello M'lady" and "Girl, You Don't Need Makeup". – Amelia Fairweather 2 years ago
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        The Doctor Puppet

        The YouTube series pays tribute to Doctor Who. Discuss the series creator and rising popularity. Lastly, perhaps list a couple of memorable episodes for people new to the series to watch.

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          The Girl on the Train: A Discussion on Marriage

          The Girl on the Train became an instant bestseller, centering on a woman named Rachel who takes the train daily, observing a young couple from her window. When the young wife disappears, Rachel is convinced she witnessed an event relevant to the case. The Girl on the Train was soon compared to Gillian Flynn’s novel Gone Girl. In this article, analyze the characters and what does the author say about marriage. Lastly, explore misogyny depicted in the book.

          • I have read the book and seen the film and have found some irony in the concept of marriage. Marriage plays a huge part in the unraveling of the entire story! Keeping this in mind can help explore deeper – Brittanie 1 year ago
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          Latest Comments

          Amanda Dominguez-Chio

          I loved this movie when it came out. Weird but interesting premise. I’ve been meaning to rewatch it. Great read!

          What Can We Learn from a Lobster?
          Amanda Dominguez-Chio

          Great piece! Thank you for this!

          Deadpool: The Origin Story
          Amanda Dominguez-Chio

          An interesting interpretation. Personally, I disliked the Divergent series, but your analysis was compelling. My friend loves this series, so I’ll be sure to share this article with her. Well done!

          Divergent: Christian Apocalypticism in Hollywood
          Amanda Dominguez-Chio

          I loved your article! I especially loved your analysis on Gwen Stacy and Barbara Gordon. Nice work!

          Women in Refrigerators: Killing Females in Comics
          Amanda Dominguez-Chio

          I ‘ve never heard of Super Indian but thank you for informing us! My friend and I are always discussing how there’s not enough diversity in literature, but she’ll be excited to learn about Super Indian. I look forward to reading vol. 1.

          Super Indian: The Making of a Superhero "Rez" Style
          Amanda Dominguez-Chio

          I love this movie. Great article. I love your attention to detail, especially your analysis on Biff and George’s fight towards the end of the film. Well done!

          Back to The Future: The Function of Supporting Characters
          Amanda Dominguez-Chio

          In Season 4, I hated that Jaime raped Cersei. We spent the majority of season 3 watching his character evolve and that scene completely contradicted everything we just learned about him.

          Sexual Assault in HBO's Game of Thrones
          Amanda Dominguez-Chio

          Loved your article! Honestly, I’m not a huge Iron Man fan but reading your character analysis on Iron Man/Tony Stark gave me a newfound appreciation. James Spader did a nice job as Ultron. Great job!

          Avengers vs. Age of Ultron: Evolving the Superhero Team