Media tagged Television

Real Housewives

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This is a joint promo for The Real Housewives of New Jersey (2009 - present) and The Real Housewives of Orange County (2006 - present). Both shows are part of the Real Housewives franchise, created and produced by the cable channel Bravo. The franchise has been incredibly successful, with spin-offs in several cities across the nation. Each follows the lives and friendships of wealthy housewives and professional women in urban and suburban locations.

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Rupaul - on Arsenio Hall (1993)

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Today, RuPaul is one of the best known drag queens in the world. At the time of this interview, RuPaul was just emerging as a global pop star. Many viewers would have been familiar with the music video for RuPaul's hit song "Supermodel (You Better Work)" which was in rotation on MTV in 1993. The Arsenio Hall Show was a late-night talk show popular with young people during its run from 1989 to 1994. This clip follows a fairly conventional interview format except that Hall, who is clearly enjoying interacting with the quick-witted RuPaul, asks his off-screen producer for "one more minute." One of the themes running through this interview is the relationship of RuPaul to her family. RuPaul describes them as supportive, says that she is "proud" of them, and laments that many of her fans "can't go home" because of their parents' homophobia. When Hall asks RuPaul about the political implications of his drag performances, RuPaul responds, "I can't change the world but I can change myself...and I can influence the world by what I do."

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Schoolhouse Rock - Great American Melting Pot

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Schoolhouse Rock was an American animated musical educational show that was originally produced in the 1970s and 1980s. “Great American Melting Pot” was aired in 1977, written by Lynn Ahrens and Lori Lieberman. It tells the story of immigration from the Old World of Europe to the New World of the United States. It suggests that immigrants of different backgrounds have come together in America, bringing with them their own traditions and values, but ultimately becoming part of one “Great American Melting Pot.” The chorus sings: “Lovely Lady Liberty/With her book of recipes/And the finest one she's got/Is the great American melting pot.”

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Simon Cowell - Best Comments

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Simon Cowell is a music executive that has been a judge on reality shows such as American Idol, the X Factor, Pop Idol, and Britain's Got Talent. He is known for being rather nasty (or brutally honest) to contestants on his shows. This clip is a montage that has been put together compiling Simon's snarky comments to contestants during auditions for these shows, making criticisms, often very mean ones, about the singing and talent abilities of these reality TV hopefuls, even once commenting on a woman's large mouth.

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Soul City

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This video shows a few excerpts from the television series Soul City, an "entertainment-education" campaign in South Africa that successfully stimulated a community response to the issue of domestic violence.  Entertainment-education projects aim to promote positive (prosocial) messages by embedding them into commercially viable entertainment programming for radio and television. Within the plot of this particular show, whenever neighbors heard a wife being abused by her husband, they started banging their pots at their windows, thus calling attention to the incident and condemning it at the community level. The series was extremely popular in the country, and soon enough people began to emulate this behavior and take action to oppose real cases of domestic violence by loudly banging their pots in the neighborhood. Through the power of narrative, this entertainment-education campaign helped challenge the general attitude of social acceptance regarding domestic violence in South Africa.

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