Summer Heights High Stereotypes

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Australia’s way of humour is the back bone of Australian comedy. Aussie humour brings a new point of view to comedy. Its racist, homophobic, sexist, pretty much anything that is headlining in the news is brought into the light of Australian comedy. Summer Heights High, Kath and Kim and Angry Boys displays and voices every controversial topic known to man, it doesn’t discriminate. However can our humour be taken too far or are we all just too sensitive. The minorities and vulnerable groups are the canvas for any references within SHH. However is stereotyping such groups a form of bullying as such? Is there more to this show then what meets the eye? I do believe that we can take our remarks about different cultures too far sometimes but it is…show more content…
It highlights every stereotype within a high school society. From the Deros to the fugly nerds, SHH doesn’t leave anything to the imagination. Here, we are introduced to three stereotypical characters that can be found in nearly every school. Ja’mie, “J-A-apostrophe-M-I-E. Weird name, I know. But you'll get used to it.” The girl from the city, the popular, stuck up girl who believes that (2)“just because I’m rich doesn’t mean I’m a bitch”. Her values and morals can be questioned, solely based on her point of view about public schools. This brings me to Mr G, the flamboyant and eccentric drama teacher who has a sweet spot for being number one and over controlling. Finally, meet the most popular and difficult Character Chis Lilley has ever played, Jonah Takalua a thirteen year old Tongan FOB (fresh off the boat) troublemaker who loves to cause hell for his teachers and disruption within the classroom. Like many of Chris Lilleys characters throughout the series, layers start to show of the characters and how they represent certain people within society. These shows are filled with nothing but hilarious one liners and questioning scenarios which I suppose is what makes these shows like Summer Heights High what they…show more content…
Who knows? The popular obsessed teen Ja’mie shows the stereotype of how a rich ignorant girl is perceived in society and her views on people below her. Lilley brings up issue that are prominent in teenage girls everywhere. From eating disorders to the need to be above societies hierarchy of power and popularity. It is unfortunate that these problems occur on a daily basis for some young teens, the power of social media is strong and relevant when it comes to problems such as cyber-bullying which is also seen in SHH when Ja’mie sends a graffiti picture of her new so called friends. Surely enough a riot begins between her friends and Ja’mie. There is a sense of self-entitlement within Ja’mie, she believed that the picture was not meant to be seen by them (which didn’t help her case) and that it was a joke and they should all just get over themselves. But why do we at times get annoyed and even infuriated at Jam’ie in particular? She represents an arrogant, well off brat that is wrong 99% of the time. Her persona is what makes everyone’s stomach churn. It’s the fact that we wonder how someone could be that manipulating and self-involved to the point where it seems unrealistic and fake, like

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