The Simpsons: Gender Roles And Stereotypes

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Many television viewers enjoy watching comedy television shows, audiences get to choose these shows mostly for entertainment purposes. Whether relaxing after a hard day’s work or just looking for a good laugh, people of all ages expose themselves to these television shows. Sometimes this exposure can cause negative outcomes, as viewers opinions on important topics and thoughts are molded and shaped by the representation and endorsement of inflated stereotypes, gender roles and chauvinism views. This is single handedly done by the media. This paper argues that television shows endorse stereotypes by presenting characters with exaggerated stereotypical qualities, encourage gender roles and promote a sexist view towards woman. These stereotypical…show more content…
Ned Flanders, a very conservative Christian who is a very lawful abiding citizen. Rich Texan, a rich selfish oil tycoon, Cletus Spuckler, a redneck ‘hillbilly’ married to his sister and Groundskeeper Willie, a Scottish school janitor with a “Scottish bad temper and often wears a…show more content…
This character is a rich oil tycoon that speaks with a heavy accent and is presented as a regular guy that “struck gold” or became rich fast. On one hand he acts greedy and impulsive, on the other hand he is sometimes generous and helpful. This character is also always dressed up like a cowboy carrying 2 guns on each side, (The Rich Texan, 2015) he also has a common habit of pulling his guns out and firing them into the air while yelling, "Yee-haw!" whenever he is happy or excited. An additional character shown regularly is ‘Apu Nahasapeemapetilon’, an Indian gas station owner and a father of eight. Apu works 24/7 and hardly has any time for his family, His wife Manjula was arranged to marry Apu at the age of eight and she is also a home maker. Throughout the series Apu is constantly a victim of armed robbery at the gas station he owns and he speaks with a very deep exaggerated Indian

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