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TOPIC: Superstore

Superstore 20 Nov 2016 20:13 #10997

  • rebecca.w
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After watching 2 seasons of the tv show Superstore on Hulu, I can fairly say that racial and gender bias has been addressed with mostly fairness and humor. The show actively works to dispel myths based on race and gender by evening the playing field through corporate oppression. The employees of the Superstore, meant to represent Walmart and similar retail chains, are united across race and gender lines by working the same demeaning, low paying jobs. They come together to fight against corporate greed in hilarious plot lines that fail due to random chance and personal incompetence. While the show is funny, it is clear that the sad truth behind the show's premise is that the average worker bee is essentially powerless against the behemoth corporations that control everything from their bathroom breaks to their health insurance (or lack thereof). The issues of race and gender are dealt with in almost every episode. The characters defy stereotypes across many races, sexualities, and genders. The show should be especially commended for normalizing homosexuality as not an exception but a fact that neither adds nor subtracts to the humanity of the person. The only person who appears to be 'fair game' is the white man. The white man character has several permutations on the show including the fundamentalist Christian, the entitled educated white man, and the white trash criminal. Each of these men are relentlessly skewered by acknowledging both their privilege and their lack of self awareness. The characters who are marginalized due to race, gender, or class are quick to educate the white men and remind them of their shared humanity. The show manages to entertain without preaching and educate without offending. I recommend the show if you need a good laugh post-election.
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