Media tagged Television

Amy Schumer Birth Control ad spoof

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First appearing on the Season 3 premiere of Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer on April 21, 2015, this sketch adopts the frame of a prescription drug commercial to tackle the issue of birth control access. The sketch opens with Amy completing a frenzied morning routine while the voiceover assures “busy” viewers that the “last thing [they] want to have to worry about” is their birth control.  Despite this acknowledgment, the voiceover urges audiences (and Amy) to consult one male figure after another to “decide if birth control is right for you.”  Viewers follow Amy as she confronts her doctor, her boss, her boss’ priest, a Boy Scout, and a mailman to get their take on her situation. From here, the voiceover asks viewers “why [they] insist on having sex for fun.” When Amy finally reaches the pharmacist, she learns that her prescription does not cover refills and that she must repeat the entire process over again next month. Once Amy leaves the pharmacy, a small boy approaches the counter, asking for a gun. The pharmacist happily complies, calling after the kid, “Remember, that’s your right.”

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Bic Pens for Women - Ellen

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In this 2012 clip from The Ellen DeGeneres Show, host Ellen mocks a new product, Bic for Her, a line of pens marketed to women. She points out various attributes of the pens: that they come in "lady colors" pink and purple, are "designed to fit a women's hand," and "cost twice as much" as other pens. She then, jokingly, tells the studio audience that she was asked to star in a commercial for the pens. The show then cuts to a skit, a parody commercial in which Ellen plays a mother, walking along the beach with her adolescent daughter, having a "heart to heart" conversation about growing up and using Bic for Her pens. The bit was part of a larger public reaction against Bic for Her pens, including many satirical user-generated reviews on Amazon and much commentary on blogs and other media outlets.

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Black. White.

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This reality show was featured on the FX network in 2006. The plot involvesa black family and a white family trading places (and race) through the use of heavy makeup. The idea is that they will have a chance to experience the day-to-day life of a person of another race. The show was produced by Ice Cube and RJ Cutler. Ultimately, the “reality” show was based on a false premise, as the white family was actually composed of professional actors. Black. White. received mixed reviews, as many believed that on makeup was hardly all it took for one to truly understand what life is like living as a person of a different race.

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Casting Director - Bing/CW

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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.”

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Chappelle Show- Racial Draft

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This 2004 satirical clip from the Chappelle Show begins with a discussion of arguments related to multiracial identity. "We have got to start arguing about who is what,” Chappelle says. “We need to settle this once and for all. We need to have a draft." Following the style of a draft for the NFL or NBA, one by one a representative from different racial and ethnic groups comes to the podium, selecting famous athletes, entertainers and other prominent social figures to “officially” be a part of their racial group. Among the picks, Tiger Woods is claimed by African Americans, Lenny Kravitz by Jews, and the Wu Tang Clan by the Asian delegation.

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