Representation in the media

Wells 2000 pp.34-35

Gender representation

Hannah Montana/ Miley Cyrus

June 2008 : vanity fair cover – image shot by Annie Leibovitzmileycyrus.jpg
– role model – why its considered unacceptable – was she doing something wrong?
– was she just doing what she was told?
– Billy Ray Cyrus said that Annie took advantage but he was at the shoot so should have stopped her if this was true.. – He put the blame on someone else because of the uproar and didn’t want the bad publicity.

– 2008 – Miley’s phone was hackedorig-2939981.jpg
is it acceptable because she is famous?
– does it matter where you got because you still have it?
– because they are famous they have a certain amount of responsibility – should they not be allowed to be their own person with their privacy, just because they are role model?
– stopped doing show but show still aired
– 2013 VMAs objectified her dancers, fondled herself, twerked, – (blurred lines)1186968_501892003236731_1278432868_n-300x199.jpg
– trying to break out of Hannah Montana
– Theo Wenner – photographer for rolling stone magazine – did a naked photoshoot of Miley – the readers of Rolling stone got angry – not because she is naked but because they don’t think she is a credible artist (don’t care what she looks like)
– manipulated by a male dominated industry
– Terry Richardson – Miley went to Richardson to break away from everyone looking at her like a child so everyone looks at her in a different light – many young stars have also gone to Richardson to this… – Lyndsey Lohan, Macauley Culkin, and Selina Gomez,
– Its bad that they feel like they need to get naked so people don’t look at them like little children
– pressure by the media to be sexual –
-Miley has been manipulated to what is and what is not acceptable.

brought out a song called ‘we can’t stop’ to send a message to people that she didn’t want to be that person any more. People had to get used to Miley being a party animal and she didn’t want to change that.    we can’t stop including lines like ‘doing whatever we want, this is our house this is our rules’

-‘the media is the message and the messenger’ shaping lives and emotions.
girls from a very young got that most more thing is for them to look good.
-boys then think that it is the norm and that its their right to look at pretty girls
-even the academic woman are made to look beautiful so they are taken seriously, but then they don’t, because they don’t look smart when they are made up and have makeup on

Lilly Allen brought out a song in 2013 called ‘hard out here’ showing people how hard it really is for women in the music industry and all working women. How they get sexualised and put down just because they are female. She include lines like ‘i don’t need to shake my arse for you cause I’ve got a brain’. She purposefully objectifies woman within the video so show people how bad it is. She is saying that unless you are skinny or rich or can cook you will be alone because thats all men care about and its only their opinion that matters. lily-allen-hard-out-here-1-1384334683-large-article-0.png

hard out here

– even though women get criticised so do men, they have to be seen as strong and macho, they can’t be seen as weak
although most of the time they are shown as fully clothed in suits or with big muscles even then its wearing a t-shirt or and open shirt, rarely with all of their clothes off apart from underwear
– women are sexualised, in photoshop their breasts and bums enhanced.

-‘cant be what you can’t see’- representation of gender starts at a young age – jobs and life and lifestyle and mindset – job roles set out – never showed jobs or given an idea to work different jobs – can’t be an engineer if you don’t have the choice or never been given the thought.

toddlers in tiaras – showed that the only way to be anything in your life you have to be beautiful. To be beautiful you need to be thin, wear lots of makeup and have your hair done. These girls think this is what they want but they have never known anything different so they don’t know the possibility of anything different.


Racial representation

Dolce and Gabbana – black figurine earnings and dress.
– Earrings style of person on eating is connected with slavery
– racial stereotypes – one collection looks a whole continent and pins it down/ ‘reduces and entire continent into a few archaic and racist stereotypes’
-Inspiration africa – ‘tribal’, ‘primitive’, ‘wild’, or ‘ethnic’
-people think it wouldn’t have been as bad if they had used black models but every model was white, not even of any other ethnicity.


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