Shifting Diversity in Popular Media

I was fortunate enough to come across an article in which a character from one of my favorite shows, Orange is the New Black, spoke out on issues that are becoming very real in today’s world. While Danielle Brooks (Taystee in OITNB) did an exceptional job on expressing her thoughts and realizations that gender is evolving and becoming more fluid, especially in today’s society, I was especially enthralled by the  section of the article in which she explained the vast representation of diversity among leads of the show. Not only was there a white female leads, but there was also a female Hispanic lead, a transgender female lead, and multiple black female leads. The article further explains that the show offers one of the most diverse casts on television and it has been breaking barriers for an inclusion of the transgender community.

While I thought there was a large amount of overlap with our Keyword essays and intersection with what we have been discussing in lecture and section, I couldn’t help but keeping going back to one of the very first Keyword essays, on ‘America’. Throughout ‘America’, the meaning of the word, as well as the evolution of the term are discussed. I find a lot of parallels between the shift in connotations of America and that being demonstrated in OITNB. While a “typical” female American a hundred years ago may have thought to bring a white female to mind, Brooks is demonstrating that this ideology is shifting. Today we are a nation compromised of many ethnic backgrounds, many genders, many influences, and many different stories. The below article does a wonderful job of bringing the keyword essay “America”, to life in terms of today’s conditions.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/oitnb-star-danielle-brooks-shifting-gender-roles-breaking-size-barriers-tv-974019

1 thought on “Shifting Diversity in Popular Media”

  1. Cayley, This was very refreshing to read. Especially in a time when inclusion within America is a hot topic and very disputed it is good to see a positive look at inclusion. With all the negative it’s nice to see that, as Americans, we are still growing and that media is reflecting these changes.

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