Media Review- Racilicious
February 2, 2012 § 1 Comment
I chose to use Racilicious for my media review because it is a blog that brings together race and pop culture of today’s society. Racialicious is a commonly used blogging site that different people post their thoughts on a certain article and get more feedback on the topics like race, popular culture and most of the time gender. Racilicious is a very modern blogging site that is directed to young adults who have opinions about gender and race and stand strong on their beliefs about the different topics. Bloggers can create controversy from their blogs and also bring exciting topic conversations about today’s race and popular culture. On Racilicious, one article that stuck out to me was “Bad Sign Language: Why We’re not Loving This McDonalds/ Barbie Collaboration” because our society is based towards white advertisement and we have no racial consciousness. The other topic I felt related to this article as well on Racilicious was “White Women’s Rage: 5 Thoughts on Why Jan Brewer Should Keep Her Fingers to Herself“ because seeing a white senator point her finger at the President of the United States can cause a lot of controversy with both gender and race.
The first article that caught my attention on this blogging site was called “Bad Sign Language: Why We’re not Loving This McDonalds/ Barbie Collaboration”. In the ad it was interesting to me to see a young African American girl thinking about Barbie, who is a white doll, and the girl is saying ‘I can be.’ Companies try to reach every aspect of advertising to our society but for a little African American girl to be thinking she wants to be a white, blonde, and skinny girl is false advertisement. The McDonalds is expressing that a young, black, girl should aspire to be the perfect Barbie but that is not realistic. Arturo, the blogger of this article, states that America needs to be more racially conscious especially with younger children. This issue is a large part of our society today not only in advertisements but in movies and other popular culture entertainment. Our society has become better at developing black roles in entertainment but still depicts them as the bad guy or the person that needs help and that the white, wealthy family will come in to save the day. This scenario is obviously false but the entertainment world brings up this issue in many different ways.
The other article I found on Racilicious was “White Women’s Rage: 5 Thoughts on Why Jan Brewer Should Keep Her Fingers to Herself”. On this blog post, there is a picture of Senator Jan Brewer pointing her finger at President Obama and looks as if she is yelling at him. This created a lot of controversy on this site because our society makes it seem as if it is acceptable for a white woman to point her finger at our black president but if race roles were reversed the government and majority of other Americans would be very upset says SayNay, a commenter on the site. I agree with SayNay and the blogger who states that he is the President of the United States and regardless of his race we still need to respect him and what he does for our country. Also, being a woman in the government system is very tough but I do not think Brewer should disrespect our President in this way.
Racilicious hits many topics about this controversy of race and gender in our society. These two articles sparked a lot of comments on this blogging site and helped me see what it is like to be on the other side of race because being a white person I fall towards white advertisements and white families being the good guys in movies. I recommend this blogging site because it is directed towards more young adult topics that we will be facing in the world. The bloggers and commenters changed my perspective on how people are treated of a different gender or race and I think it is a very interesting site.