Sunday, February 19, 2012
How Hollywood Stereotyped the Native Americans
While reading "The Whites of Their Eyes: Racist Ideologies and the Media" by Stuart Hall, I was reminded of Sherman Alexie - a Native American writer and filmmaker. (He wrote the story and the screenplay for Smoke Signals - it's a great movie if you haven't seen it.) I appreciate the film because it forces viewers to consider the stereotypes and political hardships that are a part of the Native American world. Alexie uses humor to address some of the stereotypes that many believe filmmakers and other media have perpetuated for years (as seen in the clip below).