27 Dresses is a romantic comedy that premiered in 2008. It features actress Katherine Heigl as Jane, a woman who has been a bridesmaid at 27 of her friends’ weddings. The movie also features a love interest, Kevin, played by actor James Marsden, who appears cynical about marriage. It portrays Jane as a hopeless romantic pushover who will do anything for her friends and family, including planning the wedding of her sister to the man Jane has been in love with but has never told.
Hosted by Jon Stewart, the 2005 Academy Awards featured a montage of scenes from old Western films. Through Stewart's introductory comments and the use of selective editing, the show presented these classic cowboy films as containing overtly homoerotic themes. The montage itself was inspired by Brokeback Mountain, an Oscar-nominated film from that year that told the story of two male cowboys who fall in love.
In Febuary 2015, Upworthy published a video that brought together actors of color to describe their experiences at auditions for the U.S. entertainment industry. The actors recount being told by casting directors to act in a stereotypical fashion and being typecasted based on their race and ethnicity. The clip uses personal stories to challenge accusations that the film industry is too Eurocentric and therefore, leaves few roles for actors of color to audition for. The clip cites various studies supporting the use of diverse casts stating that nearly 70% of casting calls prefer white actors, that films with relatively diverse casts excel at the box office and in returns on investment, and that television shows reflecting the nation’s diversity excel in ratings. So with potential for better ratings and better returns, the video asks viewers, “What’s the new excuse?” Upworthy is a website for viral content that promotes progressive stories tackling political and social issues.
Bamboozled (2000) is a satirical film written and directed by Spike Lee. The film centers on a modern minstrel show with black actors in blackface who become an accidental success. The montage featured here is of historical film and television examples of white characters in blackface, alongside African American actors in stereotypical and racist roles. Numerous live action and cartoon depictions are featured, pointing to the prevalence of this type of extreme racism in past film and television culture.
This trailer comes from the 2010 documentary, "Blacking Up: Hip-Hop's Remix of Race and Identity", produced by filmmaker and professor Robert Clift. As described in the film's promotional materials, "The film presents a diverse group of white rap fans (often referred to by derogatory terms such as “wannabe” or “wigger”) and performers with very different ways of expressing their relationship to Hip-Hop music and culture." With contributions from amateurs, professionals like Vanilla Ice, and African American scholars Amiri Baraka, the film investigates key questions about whites and the world of hip-hop: "When is it adoration, and when is it mockery?" the narrator ponders. "When is it fun and when is it blacking up?"