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Poverty In The Amercan Media Essay

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  • on December 5, 2011
  • Category: Miscellaneous
  • Length: 509 words

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A.O. Scott’s Two Films, Two Routes from Poverty
In an article written in the New York Times, A.O. Scott, a contemporary film analyst wrote about two strikingly similar films that surfaced at the same time.   The Blind Side and Precious are both movies dealing with overweight, African American youths who grew up in poverty, oppression, and abuse.   In both the American movies, each protagonist realizes a hidden talent uncovered by the white influences that have captured their lives.   Seemingly in each film both Michael Oher (The Blind Side) and Precious (goes without saying) are better off at the end, however, Scott begs to differ.   As the American public leaves the theater with that “warm apple pie, white picket fence” feeling inside of them, Scott believes that they’ve missed the underlying turn and conflict of each story entirely; could these oppressed black children succeed without generous white influences in their lives?
In the article, Scott demonstrates how both movies are essentially outlined in the same fashion.   The only main contrast being how Precious focuses on the abusive and unsettling aspect of the protagonist’s life, while its counterpart (veering towards a PG-13 rating to broaden the audience and ticket sales) leaves the hardships of Michael Oher’s life to vague flashbacks.   However, the similarities between the two are self evident; whether in be the “pathologizing depiction of black family life,” (Scott 467) the fact that each overweight teenager had some sort of talent developed or realized by their white caretakers, and that each white caretaker (Bullock or Carrey) replaces the role of the unfit mother figures.   These two movies are alike in infinite ways; however, the project that Scott tries to convey is that American cinema has left the public with false hope and no actual solutions to poverty or racial oppression, and goes even further in saying that “the best hope for a poor black child in America is to have rich white parents.” (Scott...

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