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November 2, 2011 SOC 459 I really enjoyed watching these comedies (and drama) in class last week . Pulling apart each show using a sociological perspective really makes me think of how society is not only strongly influenced by the media, but how the media caters to society by showing television viewers what they want to see . I really enjoyed the Seinfeld episode, but what was mind-boggling was the fact that the directors needed to make it funny in order for society to accept it . They addressed the problem and satirized it at the same time, as one of the crewmembers stated in the Behind the Scenes clip . It is both good and bad: the gay community was not offended by this episode whatsoever, and the episode actually won a GLAD award . But at the same time, in order for people to accept “The Outing” episode, the producers and screenwriters needed to make being “gay” humorous . Criticism aside, I am really glad to see that comedies are not avoiding the fact that there are people out there that are not like the rest of society . Comedies can make storylines politically correct by accentuating the fact that there “is nothing wrong with” being different than the “norm” in a humorous fashion . One of the key points that really stuck out to me while reading “Homosexuality on All My Children : Transforming the Daytime Landscape” was when author C . Lee Harrington discussed how actors who play the roles of gay characters are typically not gay (Harrington 217-218) . They are straight actors and market to a straight audience .
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This takes me back to my Intro to Disability Studies class . We discussed the same type of problem in the media: actors who play the roles of people with disabilities are not normally people who have disabilities (Lynch, SOC 272, Fall 2010) . It is acting, but at the same time, how is a person with a disability supposed to relate to someone who is
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