“I’m Latino, But I’m Not…” is a BuzzFeed video that addresses stereotypes about Latinos and Latinas by showing a diverse range of American Latino/a young adults talking about Latino/a identity and stereotypes. The first part of the video shows the people finishing the statement, “I’m Latino/a, but I’m not...,” and the second part shows them answering the question, “In addition to being Latino, what are you?” In the final section of the video, they talk about what it was like growing up in a Latino household. For example, in the first segment, one woman says, “I’m Latina, but I’m not Mexican,” and another says, “I’m Latina, but I’m not spicy.” One man says, “I’m Latino, but I’m not a drug dealer,” and another says, “I’m Latino, but I’m not stealing your jobs.” In the second part of the video, they make statements such as, “I’m Latina and I have a masters degree,” “I’m Latina and I read comic books,” “I’m Latino and I’m a geek,” and “I’m Latino and I’m an American.” In the final section, they talk about growing up Latino/Latina, including the cultures, music, food, and rituals of their families, and Latino/Latina and American identity.
This is a scene from the 1997 film "In and Out," a gay romantic comedy. It stars Kevin Kline as a high school drama teacher who is forced to question his sexuality after a former student thanks and outs him as gay during the widely televised Academy Awards. In the process of confronting and questioning his own sexual identity, Kline's character purchases and listens to a "self-help" tape on “how to be a man." The tape tests him on (and, by extension, underscores the validity of) every stereotypical masculine behavior. Kline fails every test of "manhood" as prescribed by the tape.
This 2007 comedy starring Adam Sandler and Kevin James is about a faux gay marriage between two men who want the legal benefits of being married. The two leads negotiate maintaining the illusion of being in love with one another while somehow preserving their heterosexuality. The movie was a financial success, grossing 186 million dollars.
This 2011 ad is for men’s clothing at mega-retailer JC Penney. It uses a split screen to run a decades-old scene from the film Fast Times at Ridgemont High alongside images of men in JC Penney’s clothing. As 18-year old actress Phoebe Cates emerges from a pool, soaking wet in a red bikini in an iconic scene from the film, the ad’s spokesperson -- 54-year-old ESPN reporter Kenny Mayne -- empathizes: “JC Penney understands that you don’t like advertising for clothes,” and bargains with the audience, “but if you look at these smart fashion choices from Van Heusen, we’re gonna show you this. That way everybody wins.”
Broadcast in 2011, this segment from Good Morning America explores the controversy stirred by a J.Crew advertisement. In that ad, J. Crew’s President and creative director, Jenna Lyons, was pictured painting her young son’s toenails neon pink. The picture simultaneously sparked a backlash and significant praise regarding the unconventional performance of gender.