Stereotypes are one-dimensional views of people based on race, religion, age, profession, and gender. To some degree or another, we are all guilty of stereotyping people.
A few common stereotypes among the American culture: blonde women are bimbos and tend to have more fun, Asians/Arabs are villains, Mexicans are lazy, poor, or overweight, and African-American men are depicted as uneducated, athletes, or criminals. Teenaged characters are shown as sexually charged, shallow, and fit in either with the popular kids or geeks.
These common misconceptions about groups of people are still being portrayed in the media. The inaccuracy of ethnic groups can affect how we perceive one another and relate to one another. Children are especially vulnerable to the media's stereotypes because they have a very limited view of the world.
How can children learn to value the differences in others if the media continues to misrepresent groups of people? Check out: Beauty and The Beast: Do Stereotypes in Children's Films Affect Friend Choice.
A list of racial stereotypes found in films.
1. Jar Jar on Star Wars - representing a Black Caribbean.
2. Nemoidians on Star Wars - having Japanese accents and wearing long, ornate robes
3. The Ferengi on Star Trek - portraying negative Jewish stereotypes.
4. Skids and Mudflap in Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen - apelike appearance, slang speech, and illiterate.
5. Werewolves in Twilight - Native Americans who are shirtless, savages, muscular, living in the forest.
6. Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom - East Indian stereotypes and rituals.
7. Na'vi in Avatar - represented as Native Americans, though the term "avatar" originally comes from the teachings of Hinduism-a manifestation of a divine being (diety). Krishna, an avatar of the god Vishnu, is often depicted as having blue skin.
8. The Three Hyenas in Disney's The Lion King - one of the three hyenas has a Japanese name, however, all of them speak with either an inner city African-American or Latin-American accent.
9. Siamese Cats in Disney's Lady and the Tramp - featured with slanted eyes and buckteeth, and speaking with thick asian accents.
10. Rio, The Movie - read the article: "RIO" - A Carnival On Race.
I'm sure other films can be added to this list also. Do you know of any other examples in movies today?