Media tagged Comedy & Satire

10 Moments Black People in the Workplace Know Too Well

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Published in 2014, 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. This video shows common experiences of Black people in the workplace, featuring Tracy Clayton, Heben Nigatu, Quinta Brunson, and Briana Byrd showing how these interactions play out in everyday interactions. Themes addressed are being frequently confused for the one or two other Black people in the office, people asking to or reaching to touch your hair, people assuming you are the person working on “diversity” or civil rights events, having awkward conversations about meritocracy, affirmative action, or “Black” popular culture, feeling anxiety in case someone is about to say the N word when singing along to a song, or fear of confirming stereotypes and how that affects behavior.

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11 Awkward Moments Indian-Americans Will Recognize

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Published in 2014, 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. This video is also focused on articulating aspects of Indian-American identity and experiences in the U.S., featuring Anhad Singh and Michelle Khare showing how microaggression, stereotypes, and differences in cultural norms play out in everyday interactions with diverse families, friends, colleagues, and strangers. Themes addressed are difficulties identifying with and “fitting in” to limited U.S. racial identity categories, being mistaken for Latino, being confused with Native Americans, having differing levels of tolerance for food spiciness and movie length, and balancing different family and friend relationship expectations.

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30 Rock - Gossip Girl Audition

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This clip comes from a 2011 episode of the NBC sitcom30 Rock.In it, the character Jenna is set to go on an audition forGossip Girl,mistakenly thinking that she is reading the part of the college freshman when she is actually being called in to read for the part of the mother. While coming from a comedic sitcom, the clip reflects the real world experience not just of Hollywood actresses, but of many women in other professions throughout society.

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Above Average - Dove Real Beauty Mirror Test

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Created by digital comedy network Above Average, this video satirizes Dove “True Beauty”is set up as aads.Styled as if it were a Dove ad focused on helping women “find” their “true beauty,”,the video shows three women going in to a well-lit room to be interviewed. The women enter the room individually and are asked by an interviewer, “How do you feel about your appearance”?, with a pointedly sympathetic tone. The women say they feel “good”, “pretty good,” and “okay,” and the interviewer responds exaggeratedly with condescending negative comments like, “hmm that bad?” The interviewer then receives a phone call, winks at the camera, and walks away, telling the women that there is a mirror on the wall in the room. The interviewer leaves, and the women stand up to look at themselvesin the mirror, only tosee a person in agorillasuit reflected back at them. The women react with shock and surprise, and the interviewer is seen watching from another room, speaking into an intercom saying, “Wow, you must hate what you see when you look in the mirror,” and “You look in the mirror and what you see is a disgusting zoo animal,” and “Look at yourself in the mirror, do you feel unattractive?” The women protest and reject what she is saying, but she goes on, and eventually comes back into the room and says, “What would you say if I told you, that is not your face in the mirror?...That it is a gorilla man in the mirror?” The exasperated women all say they know that wasn’t their face in the mirror, react negatively and try to leave. As they storm out, the video ends with the interviewer saying that they can “thank Dove” and #TrueBeauty for making them feel beautiful.The clip ends with a cut to the Dove logo and a voiceover saying, “Dove…you fell for our weird psychology experiment and it showed you you’re not actually a hideous monster, so where’s our Nobel peace prize or whatever?” 

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Adland Gal

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LowLow, a UK-based low calorie cheese producer, created this satirical advertisement, "Adland Gal" which parodies three female archetypes in diet commercials: the smug gal, the ditzy gal, and the muffin gal. The smug gal munches on celery sticks and crackers to blissfully fit into her tight jeans. The ditzy gal prances around, yogurt in hand. The muffin gal obsesses about her weight while being haunted throughout the day by desserts she must resist. The video ends by asking viewers if they are tired of clichés.

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