Media tagged Comedy & Satire

Dear White People promo: Banned Winchester U Diversity Video

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LEAKED: Banned Winchester U Diversity Video is a one minute and fifty second video released on Youtube as part of a promotional series for the 2014 comedic film Dear White People. Dear White People analyzes the racial relationships and inequality of a fictional ivy-league school called Winchester University. The supposed “leaked diversity video” was meant to give a quick look at the plot and issues discussed in the larger film.

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Eddie Murphy - White Like Me

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In this Saturday Night Live sketch from the 1980’s,Eddie Murphy goes undercover using makeup to see what it is like to be white. The satirical skit follows Murphy as he goes through a number of everyday experiences as a white man. He is shocked to see the many privileges and benefits he receives from other white New Yorkers from a cocktail party in a city bus to free money at the bank.

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Fotoshop/Photoshop parody

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At first glance, filmmaker Jesse Rosten’s 2012 video looks like a typical make-up or cosmetics commercial. As the commercial goes along, however, we see that it is an advertisement for a product called "Fotoshop," a fictional take-off of Adobe's Photoshop program. Photoshop is a computer image and graphics editor that has long been a primary tool used by the magazine and entertainment industries to make celebrities look pristine in print media. The Fotoshop parody commercial goes on to highlight different aspects of the fictional program, demonstrating the many "benefits" of its graphical editor. Fotoshop is billed as the "secret" that is used in all "beauty magazines.” Now that it is “available to you," viewers are told that they "don't have to rely on a healthy body image of self respect anymore."

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Fresh Off the Boat--promo

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This May 2014 ad promoted a new ABC Television Network's comedy series called “Fresh off the Boat." Inspired by food personality Eddie Huang, this was the first sitcom in 20 years to center on an Asian American family. Struggling to fit in to their new hometown of Orlando, Florida, eleven-year-old Eddie Huang and his family must adapt to the untried circumstances that come along with living out “The American Dream.” Battling to fit in at school, Eddie changes up his wardrobe and what he packs in his lunches, while his mother must learn to adjust to the suburban culture of supermarkets and dog walking, and Eddie's father tries to figure out the key to success in his new Cattleman's Ranch Seakhouse restaurant.

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Hello Flo, First Moon Party

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The First Moon Party is a viral online advertisement created by the feminine care company, Hello Flo.  The company sends women a monthly care package with related menstrual supplies such as tampons and other gifts and goodies, including candy.  The video offers a comical take on traditional feminine hygiene commercials, in which a pre teen is angry because she is the last of her friends to get her period, and therefore decides to fake it.  She attempts to trick her mother by painting red “cherrylicious” nail polish onto a pad, but her mother, who immediately sees through the lie, throws her daughter a surprise “first moon party.”  Grandparents, friends, and other family members arrive at the party where there are a variety of activities, including ovary (apple) bobbing, “pin the pad on the period,” and a uterus piñata.  The daughter becomes extremely mortified, learns her lesson, and is given a Hello Flo period starter kit.

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