In this 2014 excerpt from HBO's late night satirical news program,Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Oliver targets the longstanding Miss American Pageant. Oliver critiques the pageant’s adherence to outdated traditions and beauty rituals, wondering why such entertainment still exists today. He points to the double standards and contradictions central to the pageant's criteria and rules which require women to be unmarried, childless, show off their bikini bodies, as well as answer extremely complex foreign policy questions. Oliver goes on to question the organization's non-profit status and its claim to be the world's largest provider ($45 million) of scholarships to women. While research by Oliver and his staff proves that these numbers are indeed inflated and misleading, he also concedes that no other organization gives as much to female-only scholarships, asking viewers who are invested in change to consider searching out and donating to other such scholarships.
This clip comes from a 2010 episode of the late-night show “Lopez Tonight.” Host George Lopez’s guest is rapper Snoop Dogg, who is there to receive the results from a DNA test that investigated his ethnic background. Central to the clip is a competition between Snoop Dogg and former professional basketball player Charles Barkley to see “who is blacker?” When the DNA test results are revealed, Snoop Dogg is found to have 71% Sub-Saharan African heritage, compared to Barkley’s 75%. Lopez concludes the segment by giving Snoop a gag gift of “things that white people like.”
At the 2014 Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon, Lupita Nyong’o was honored for her breakthrough performance in the 2013 film, 12 Years a Slave. In her acceptance speech, she talks about Black beauty and media representation, growing up being teased for her dark skin and praying to God for a lighter shade, and how her self-perception changed when Sudanese British supermodel Alek Wek came on the international scene. She closes her speech encouraging girls and women to focus on compassion and “the deeper business of being beautiful inside.”
Set in New York City’s booming 1960s advertising scene, AMC's Mad Men (2007-present) and creator Matt Weiner have received critical acclaim for years. The show is lauded for its historical authenticity, visual style, costumes, acting, writing, and directing. In this clip, the show’s protagonist, Don Draper, pitches his agency’s campaign for Belle Jolie lipstick.