Media tagged Comedy & Satire

Speedy Gonzales - Mexicali Shmoes

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Speedy Gonzalez, or Speedy, is a Mexican mouse that first appeared in the Warner Brothers Looney Tunes cartoon series in 1955. Speedy wears a traditional rural Mexican outfit consisting of an oversized yellow sombrero, white shirt and trousers, and a red kerchief, and speaks with an exaggerated Mexican accent. Known as “The Fastest Mouse in All of Mexico,” Speedy is famous for outrunning and outsmarting a variety of dumber, lazier cats and other foes – all with exaggerated Mexican accents and other stereotyped traits. In the episode Mexicali Schmoes, two cats try in vain to capture Speedy and his cousin, Slowpoke Rodriguez. Speedy has been voiced by five different actors since 1953, each of whom is white. He will be voiced by George Lopez in an upcoming 2014 release, who is also producing the film. And for the record – “schmo” is a Yiddish word, popular in America, meaning a fool or a bore.

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Target Women - Beauty Contraptions

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Target Women was a comedic segment written by Sarah Haskins and produced for the Current TV show Infomania from 2007-2010. The aim of Target Women was to provide a social commentary related to a diverse set of products, advertising, and media aimed at American women. In this segment, Haskins takes on the issue of "Beauty Contraptions". From the "Neck Slimmer" to "Shape Ups" to "Vibrating Mascara", Haskins runs through advertisements for products that all promise women spectacular beauty thanks to some new, exciting contraption! Fundamentally, she asks her audience to think critically about the way ideas of beauty are sold to them.

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Target Women - You're Old

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Target Women was a comedic segment written by Sarah Haskins and produced for the Current TV show Infomania from 2007-2010. The aim of Target Women was to provide a social commentary related to a diverse set of products, advertising, and media aimed at American women. In this segment, Haskins takes on the issue of "getting old". She pokes fun at a variety of pharmaceutical products and their advertisements as she explores the ways in which getting old is depicted in contemporary media.

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That's Gay - "Gayngels"

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That’s Gay ws a recurring segment on Current TV’s satirical news show, infoMania, in which writer and performer Bryan Safi explored issues of gay representation in the news and popular media. In this episode, Safi explores the “gayngel” – an increasingly popular subcategory of the common “gay BFF” stereotype. In reality and scripted television and film alike, a “gayngel” is a gay character whose flamboyant behavior provides badly needed distraction or comic relief to the main characters, but whose personhood aside from that role appears to matter very little.

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The Bechdel Test for Women in the Media

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This video, produced by "Feminist Frequency," explains the concept of the “Bechdel Test.” The Bechdel test, created by Alison Bechdel, is a way to evaluate films with respect to their treatment of women. A film must meet the following criteria to pass the Bechdel test: (1) it has to have at least two women in it, who (2) who talk to each other, about (3) something besides a man. The video from Feminist Frequency describes how countless blockbusters films, as well as some of the industry's most noted products, do not pass this simple test. It speaks to the dominance of male writers and producers in the entertainment industry. 

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