Dr Gates, Dr Racquel Gates, Department Of Screen Cultures discussed on Therapy for Black Girls


Some of my favorites have been trading spaces early seasons of the real world. And of course the real housewives. It's been really interesting to see how programming in this space has developed over time. Ansa follow the commentary and what has been most interesting is the way the space has been accommodating or not so much to black women cast members and black audiences to help us explore this world today. I'm joined by dr racquel gates. Dr gates is an associate professor of film at columbia university and the author of double negative the black image and popular culture. She received her phd from northwestern university's department of screen cultures and holes in ma in humanities from the university of chicago as well as a bs in foreign service from georgetown university. Currently she's working on her second book titled hollywood-style in the invention of blackness for which she was awarded an academy film scholar grant by the academy of motion picture arts and sciences in twenty twenty. Her reading appears in both academic and popular publications such as the new york. Times the los angeles review of books and film quarterly. She lives in brooklyn with her partner in two sons. Dr gates and i chatted about the complicated nature of black women's representation on reality tv. How audiences often response a majority black casts the stereotypes that are both upheld and to spill through reality tv and the changes. That often happened between seasons one. And two of a show if there's something that resonates with you all enjoying our conversation please share with us on social media using the hashtag. tb g in session. Here's our conversation. Thank you so much joining us today. Gates thank you so much for having me. Yeah i am so happy to have you here reality. Tv is like one of my favorite things to enjoy the. I love to talk to people who are researching in this area. So can you start by telling us a little bit about what fascinates you about media studies. In how you got into studying reality. Tv sure so what fascinates me about studying media but also film is that i think that element television are these sources of connection between people and i think that sometimes in spite of our backgrounds sort of our shared experiences with different movies or different television shows allow us to tap into something and sort of form a site of human connection. I also think that sometimes we can work out our own feelings and experiences vicariously through watching film and television. And i think that's where reality television is particularly unique because it's so much about sort of daily lived experience and of course that's like played for drama and for comedy and all kinds of things but i think that at its core reality television particular. The draw is the sort of very real connection with the cast members. And i think that's a huge source of pleasure for the audience from me. How do i get into studying reality television. So i'm by training. I am a film and media studies. Scholar i'm also a fan of reality television and you know there's a point where at least from me when i was reading you know like newspaper articles or just sort of listening to the ways that people are talking about reality television. It always seemed to sell the genre kind of short. it seemed to presume. The lack of sophistication on the part of audiences which are primarily women and from meade. A light bulb went off. Because that's typically what happens when you are talking about john. Roses that are primarily enjoyed by audiences who are not like straight white milk. And so for me. I really wanted to sort of turn a second of my research to reality television to really sort of get at the nuances of what. Make it so pleasurable. But also i would argue so powerful and so endure it So it feels like the. John really has kind of expanded right. Like i think right. I'm guessing you probably know this better than i do. Like is the real world kinda like our first real foray into reality. Tv so can you talk just about like how genre has expanded beyond stuff like real world. Sure i mean people always cite the real world right like that nine hundred ninety one nine ninety two moment i think that is like the dawn of the contemporary era of reality television. But if we're thinking about the nuts and bolts of what makes something reality television like the idea that it's unscripted the idea that we're getting a behind the scenes. Look at either a person or a community that we don't normally get then. I'd argue it. You have to actually go back to the nineteen fifties right and something like edward murals person. A person which was a television show where the journalists would he go visit the home of celebrities and get this sort of candidate interview where they would talk about various things in terms of their personal life in their in their professional lives. You have to think about something like candid camera that television show right which is about playing you know. It was on unsuspecting people. You could also think about. All of the game shows that became really popular in the nineteen fifties. There's a television show that i like to teach in my reality. Tv class called queen for a day. Which was the show where women would come on and they would sort of talk about you. Know all of the things that were going wrong in their lives and it's like the audience dot. They're sob stories. Were pathetic enough. They would win. They'd win a prize in clearly. A predecessor to something like extreme home makeover which is a show that we're more familiar with now at also throw out the film sociological experiments. That happens like in the sixties in the seventies stanford prison experiment things like that and one of my favorite examples that i liked to teach. Jfk's filmed televised birthday party at madison square garden. Where marilyn monroe comes out and sings this very sort of sexy version of hafner him as his wife confront rogue watches it like.

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