stereotypes show

“I want a mainstream comedy show that doesn’t resort to homophobia/transphobia/racism/sexism/ableism for its jokes and is actually funny”

“I want a show where a gay, black person is in a position of power and is good at what they do” 

“I want a show that addresses racism, homophobia, and sexism in a respectful manner while also being funny and lighthearted overall”

“I want a show with a diverse cast and characters that aren’t cheap stereotypes” 

“I want a show that addresses the issues with our justice system, including high incarceration rates, police brutality, and racism.” 

“I want a comedy show with actual plot and characters that I’ll get attached to.”

Superhero Shows as High School Stereotypes

My brother and I loveeee superheroes and all the shows that have been put out recently so we decided to compile a list of what high school stereotypes they would be if they were personified. (I like the motif my brother had for the extra kids but I added alternative names if you guys think it got a repetitive) 

Smallville - The Star Quarterback
Supergirl - The Preppy Cheerleader
Gotham - The School Shooter
Arrow - The Moody Emo Teenager
The Flash - The Science Nerd
Legends of Tomorrow - Extra™ Kids/Theatre Geeks
The Defenders - The Other Extra™ Kids/Gang Kids
Daredevil - That One Blind Kid
Jessica Jones - The One Who Gets Held Back 4 Times For Senior Year and Is More Adult Than The Rest
Iron Fist - The Rich Kid
Luke Cage - The Try Hard
Agents of Shield - The Final Group of Extras™/Track Team
Legion - The Crazy Kid

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Our latest episode of The FREQ Show has arrived! Watch “Manufacturing A Muslim Menace,” about the harmful stereotypes and portrayals of Arab and Muslim people in media, and how these directly relate to hate crimes and racist policies enacted by our current government.

Sense8 has everything you could ask for in a show honestly. A closeted gay actor who is outed unwillingly but ends up using it to empower himself and coming out officially at a pride parade? Check. The same man being in a loving, healthy relationship with another gay man and neither of them being stereotyped by the show or other main characters? Check. A trans woman whose identity is something that is dealt with by the show but is not her entire character point, and the show treats her just as the other characters? Check. A lesbian relationship where neither is killed off or used for male pleasure? Check. An interracial relationship which subverts the standard tv trope of the white man saving the brown woman by reversing it and having him being the one who is saved? Check. Plus a shit ton of other great stereotype-defying characters and moments.

Not to mention there’s also sci-fi, action, drama, romance and friendship. It’s perfect.

C: My youngest brother is 11 years old in the 5th grade. He was watching a reality show that featured the worst stereotypes of black women. It showed them arguing and being aggressive and combative toward black men. My little brother then says, “Black girls are mean and they aren’t very loyal either. White girls are pretty and more loyal to you.” Children watch these horrible stereotypes and make decisions. Although he sees my mom and I, he somehow still thinks that we are not good partners.

so I said something about mezato and takenaka having the eccentric shounen detective vibe and guess what

yep its an AU

in which mezato is an independent reporter who’s famous for not knowing what fear or common sense is when it comes to investigation, and takenaka is a telepath trying to stay alive

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Things I love about Brooklyn 99

-funny show
-female love interest (Amy) is never over-sexualized or her abilities downplayed
-constant references to Jake being Jewish
-the main character is Jewish
-4 out of 7 characters are POC
-Non-sexualized Latino girls
-serious undertones are addressed while still keeping the show comedic. Ex: Jake’s father abandoning him, Captain Holt facing discrimination for being a black gay man.
-None of the gay characters are stereotypical.
-the show is funny without being offense
-a show about detectives, my absolute weakness.

I’ve noticed that black American shows tend to reinforce stereotypes of other black people. In Girlfriends you have Vosco the “lazy immigrant from Jamaica”. Also they had an African man selling bags on the street with that fake accent. Then the illegal Haitian maid in HTGAWM. I wanted to support Dear White People so much but as soon as I saw the “African caricature” I was like nope. The Kenyan with the lazy “West African” accent, who’s confused all the time. The list goes on and it sucks.

Reblog if you're against racial profiling

So my cousin the other day said to me that black people are more likely to commit crimes. I’ve tried explaining to him why that’s racial profiling and it’s harmful to poc and everything else that’s wrong with that statement. He keeps telling me that I’m “over-sensitive”, I think “everything is racist” and I’m a snowflake. He’s also saying that everyone agrees with him that it’s not racist and I’m over sensitive. If someone could explain why it is racist and wrong and reblog to show your support, that’d be awesome!

The Bold Type: Why Y’all Need to Watch This Show

Okay, so I just binged the first three episodes of Freeform’s new show The Bold Type. It is AMAZING!!! I could give you a list of all the reasons why this show is so unlike anything else I’ve ever seen…so I’m going to. There are some spoilers below the cut, just a heads up


- The main cast is all female, and their personalities are complex.

-They work at a fashion magazine that is all about women empowerment and feminism

- The shows avoids stereotypes about women (and men) who work at fashion magazines (in my opinion)

-The board of said magazine is comprised of mostly old, white guys, a fact that is repeatedly brought up and made fun of in the show

- The women in the show help each other! The CEO (Jacqueline) is so supportive and encouraging of her employees. Sutton’s boss gives her tips on how to get a new job in the fashion dept and gives her a recommendation with very little hesitation

- One of the characters is a lesbian Muslim woman who wears a hijab and takes thought-provoking photographs

- Sutton’s boyfriend is so supportive of her dreams and never once diminishes her for wanting to do fashion

- Kat explores her sexuality without any fear/judgement from her friends

- Women support and help each other (did I say that already?)

- Jane goes through some really personal issues when asked to write a sex column about orgasms. Again, is not shamed. Ultimately posts an article that helps others relate to her experience 

- Jacqueline encourages Jane to push herself as a write and not limit herself

- WOMEN SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGE EACH OTHER 

Like seriously, go watch this show. Don’t let it fall through the cracks

You don’t need to give a character a Classic Gay Trait™ to make them gay. They can just…like the same sex.

I mean, if you want to put those in as genuine character traits, that’s fine, but I find that, sometimes, it’s rather…cliche.

It was time. The battle was upon them.

“When I get home,” Linda says, pulling her motorcycle helmet towards her, “I am so going to kiss my girlfriend.”

“You’re gay?” 

Linda rolls her eyes. “Of course.” She pulls on the helmet and winks. “Didn’t you see my flannel?” She shuts down the visor and roars away.

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It was time. The battle was upon them.

“When I get home,” Linda says, pulling her motorcycle helmet towards her, “I am so going to kiss my girlfriend.”

“You’re gay?”

“Yes,” Linda says because that’s all the question required. She pulls on her helmet and pauses. “So gay.” She flips down the visor and roars away.

It’s enough to have a character say they’re gay! You don’t need to prove it with a stereotype. You can show it with a relationship or a crush. That’s way more effective than making a gay guy say “grrrrrl,” imo.

I’m not saying you can’t use “flannel-wearer” as a legitimate character trait. I’m saying don’t be a lazy writer and use it to code your characters as gay.

reasons why crazy ex girlfriend is a good show
  • main cast includes a jewish woman, a hispanic man, an asian man, a plus sized woman (who’s portrayed as being able to get some when she wants to), a bisexual man (who has a whole musical number about being bisexual), and two hispanic women
  • the recurring cast also has tons lgbt and poc characters
  • the music is AMAZING
  • the main character is canonically mentally ill (she even names the diagnosis – “low self-esteem, a lack of maternal affection and a genetic predisposition for anxiety and depression”) and it’s clear it affects her life while still keeping her a sympathetic and realistic character
  • there’s little to no slut shaming – the only character that does it constantly is clearly meant to be a jerk
  • it deconstructs the “crazy ex girlfriend” stereotype, by showing what made her that way and portraying her as a decent, generally nice person, while at the same time not excusing her actions
  • it’s fucking hilarious
  • it has one of the most heartbreakingly realistic portrayals of an emotionally abusive childhood i’ve ever seen on tv with the main character’s flashbacks
  • it has an emotionally abusive relationship between a man and a woman, with the woman as the abuser, and it makes it clear that her behavior is NOT okay or excusable
  • it satirizes the Jewish American Princess stereotype while pointing out how untrue it is
  • so many musical theatre and pop music homages
  • a musical series where the actors can actually, you know, SING
  • a very realistic, nuanced portrayal of depression with the main character
  • despite it being a dark comedy, many of the episodes end on a very uplifting or at least hopeful note 
  • it was created by a woman (who also plays the main character and writes a lot of the episodes and songs)
  • seriously it’s on netflix please watch it

Hey so April’s coming up so I thought it’d be good to have some activities to do! I’ve seen other people do these (most notably for me @uniqueaspergirl​ had one that I did a few of last year!) and thought I’d set one up!

Under the cut is a list of the days (also listed in the picture) and descriptions of what each one is because a few words aren’t always the easiest to understand even when you wrote them.

I would like to say first though that - despite me keeping the descriptions of each day mostly positive, negative submissions and additions are absolutely accepted. Everything isn’t sunshine and daisies. Most of the things are general enough that they’ll apply to anyone, but if one doesn’t work for you feel free to treat it as a freebie!

Submit by submitting to the blog directly, tagging us ( in the @ kind of a way) or by tagging it #walkinredinstead (which I checked, it’s empty) and I’ll post and reblog as many as I can!

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Alex Standall might be struggling with sexuality problems*my theory*

Ok, so. When i first saw Alex i thought he was gay and that was the reason he was alone. Then when Hannah and Jess asked him who was him staring at i was like *honey he gay* He quit attending to Monet’s and explained that his father would be proud if he had male friends and that had me thinking about the stereotypical gay in tv shows that only has female friends. I think he was always trying to be someone he wasn’t around the other boys, and make that disgusting thing (yup the list) to make him seem more straight, also the fight with Montgomery had me thinking about it. His father was proud of him doing that because he thought his son was gay (i mentioned it before, didn’t I?)
And he killed himself because it was too much to him. Leave your thoughts below, that’s mine.

***And yes, I changed the theory a little bit bc you guys were right, he loved jessica (or that’s what he said) the problem was he didn’t feel masculine and did all of those things to make he seem more like them *the guys*.