Media tagged Comedy & Satire

MAD TV - No Blacks on the TV Screen

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This MAD TV sketch is a parody of Chris Rock’sNo Sex in the Champagne Room,a music video in which Rock doles out advice to his viewers in a comedic format. In this MAD TV version, “Chris Rock” (Phil LaMarr) takes the opportunity to give out advice about the role of African Americans in popular television. He tells viewers that “no matter what the networks tell you, there are no blacks on the TV screen – NONE!”

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Margaret Cho - All American Girl

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This is an episode of the short-lived 1994 sitcom All American Girl, starring comedian Margaret Cho. In it, Cho's character, Margaret Kim, is shown as a modern American 22-year-old who lives with her very traditional Korean immigrant family. The main themes of the series relate to conflicts between Margaret's "wild" lifestyle and her family's expectations of her. In this episode, Margaret takes Amy-- her conservative brother's fiancee, a "proper" young woman who is seen as "perfect" by the Kim family-- to a club for a night of partying before her wedding. After having so much fun at the club, Amy finds it difficult to return to her old life, much to the chagrin of Margaret's brother and the entire family.

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Pinksourcing (Kristen Bell)

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“Pinksourcing with Kristen Bell,” is a satirical video produced by The Huffington Post that prods companies to consider "pinksourcing" (hiring women as a cheap domestic source of labor) over outsourcing labor to other countries. It suggests that pinksourcing is advantageous because women in the United States make a fraction of men’s salaries, are afforded fewer healthcare benefits, and don’t require promotions to higher positions.

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Shit Girls Say

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"Shit Girls Say" is a YouTube video series produced by Kyle Humphrey and Graydon Sheppard. The series became a viral hit in 2011 and occasionally featured celebrity cameos. The first episode follows the main character, a male playing a female role, through a series of social interactions. She laments computer difficulties, requests various favors, rummages through her purse, and acts in other manners typically portrayed as female stereotypes.

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SNL - Screen Guild Awards

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            In this satirical take on award shows, Saturday Night Live (SNL) pokes fun at the racial biases that accompany U.S. entertainment industry award show decisions. In the piece, five White actors are introduced for the year’s “Best Actor” award. As each potential winner is announced, the clips of their work that are shown, usually meant to display their acting fortitude, actually highlight their Black co-stars rather than those nominated. For example, one film features an emotional performance of a Black actor as Thurgood Marshall yet his White costar is nominated for his minor performance as a librarian announcing closing time. During the satirical ceremony, the camera cuts to the reaction of the actors as they are being recognized for their work. The White actors being acknowledged make uncomfortable facial expressions or are entirely oblivious to being honored for their glaringly lackluster performance over their fellow Black cast members, who are seen in the background, with looks of scorn or disapproval on their faces. The video ends with the announcer saying that the award is a five-way tie between all the White actors who celebrate on stage, cheering loudly, “We did it!”
           This video, first shown in 2016, ties with the “Oscars So White” movement—the social media campaign that criticized the lack of racial and ethnic representation and recognition at the Oscars award show. SNL themselves has also come under fire over the years for lacking diversity in their casting. This short is both illuminating and self-reflexive, as the same Black cast members are used multiple times in the clip to express disapproval of dominant onscreen portrayals, while also representing a lack of a range of underrepresented talent amongst their own ranks.

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