This BuzzFeed video is part of a group of videos that expose and satirize stereotypes and racial microaggressions, or the everyday, often unintentional, marginalizing interactions racial and ethnic minorities experience in the U.S. Focused on Asian American identity and experiences of Asians in the U.S., the video features Eugene Lee Yang, Asian American BuzzFeed writer, producer, and actor showing how microaggressions and stereotypes play out in everyday interactions with diverse colleagues and friends. Themes addressed are policing of identity (e.g., “You’re such a banana” or “You’re a bad Asian”) and stereotypes about Asians (e.g., proficiency in math and technology, who can date whom, and questions about being from North or South Korea), fetishizing mixed-race people (e.g., “in general, half Asian people are the most beautiful”), who is included when talking about “Asians” (e.g. “I saw your (video). As an Indian, where was the rest of Asia?”), among many others. Additionally, there are several frames in which the Asian or Asian American characters are shown taking photographs of themselves with non-Asian friends, and the automatic face recognition feature on the camera singles out the Asians and asks, “Did someone blink?,” commenting on racial biases built into the design of technology.
This video features the voices of a diverse group of 12-year-olds from West Side Collaborative Middle School in New York City talking about their experiences with race, racial identity, and racism. The featured students speak about their backgrounds, families, experiences with discrimination and stereotyping, and the confusion, fears, anxieties, and racial injustices they face in their everyday lives. The video is part of a multimedia project called Being 12: The Year Everything Changes, produced by pubic radio station WNYC.
Beyonce’s 2008 hit Single Ladies epitomizes her uniquely powerful brand of girl power that’s come to define her entire career. The song sends a positive message to women about finding strength after a breakup, independent of a man. But how well does this message translate to a group of seven year old performers? This video clip, uploaded on Youtube, is from a children’s dance competition in which a troop of seven year old girls perform a routine to Beyonce’s Single Ladies. Dressed in lacy red and black outfits, their dance moves mimic Beyonce's sexually suggestive routine.
“Boys Will Be Girls” is a sketch comedy produced by the Harvard Sailing Team (a New York sketch comedy troupe) whose members take part in a conversation stereotypical of female friend groups. Much of their conversation revolves around eating--whether they should eat during the show, what they ate earlier in the day, whether they'll eat when they go out later with their girlfriends, whether they should share something to eat, whether they should go on a diet.
This commercial for the Bing search engine, produced in 2011, features the casting director from The CW’s hit reboot90210,David Rapaport. Suggesting that the casting process is a lot like dating, the Notice the search phrases used by Rapaport as he seeks to find new actors and actresses for his show: “california surfer girl,” and “top ten young actors.”