Stereotypes of Large Black Women Essay

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Weighing over 250-pounds, she is very hard to miss. Although her presence takes on quite a few variations, she can be easily recognized by a handful of defining attributes. Other than her enormous size, she is more than often of a darker skin complexion, she is typically taking part in a conversation that is either confrontational or embarrassing and her best line is often little more than a sassy "Mmmm hmmm." This caricature, playing on stereotypes of large black women as rambunctious and sometimes aggressive, has been showing up for some time in black television sitcoms like "The Parkers" and movies like “Norbit” often have directors and writers who are black themselves. With black directors and producers giving more acceptability to …show more content…
Since their invention, television and film has been one of the biggest influences on American culture. Even though most media programming is supposed to reflect characteristics of the general American population, many of these images are often manipulated and sometimes contradictory, predicated by the various economic, political, and cultural forces placed upon it. The fat Black woman has become such a standard joke in recent movies, television programs and commercials. The fat Black woman or even the average-sized Black woman’s body has become such a standard joke in recent movies, TV shows and movies. This exploitation has been going on for a long time. Hattie McDaniel, the first Black actress to win an Academy Award, for “Gone with the Wind, was forbidden by her studio contract to lose weight. Jennifer Hudson, an Oscar nominee this year for “Dreamgirls,” was forced to gain weight to play her role in the film. On the contrary, an overweight man in society and in the movies is given a pass for obesity. He can be referred to admiringly as “a big man.” It is only when artists and celebrities such as Ruben Studdard, get too big or too heavy that society starts to express some type of concern. Murphy’s rotund character Sherman Klump in both “The Nutty Professor” and “The Klumps” was notable for his kindness and for the fact

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