Lessons from Hollywood: The Double Bind between "American" and "Ethnic" [SCORR 2017]

From 2017 SCORR Conference

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    • Amanda
    • 6 months ago

    This concept of Hollywood and other media forming our society's view of people also applies to how Christians are portrayed and viewed. Many people will claim that Christians are hateful, intolerant, bigoted, ignorant, and hypocritical, yet if you ask them about their own interactions with actual Christians in real-life, many of them have never experienced any of those stereotypes. They can, however, point to numerous portrayals of "Christians" in TV and movies, and they've heard people on the news say that "Christians are this way," so that's how we are viewed. All my life I've seen movies in which the villain is not just a psycho, but a "religious" psycho, usually of the Judeo-Christian-ish variety...it's one of Hollywood's go-to stereotypes when they want a particularly nasty bad-guy.

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