Saturday Night Live has hired a new member after a mid-season audition when they received heavy criticized about a “glaring omission” in their cast. I am glad to see we are all keeping each other in check when it comes to obvious situations such as this, but I also am not sure where we draw the line or why we are concern about one minority over the other. There are many “glaring omissions” from the SNL cast (as well as hundreds if not thousands) of other television programs. For example, SNL’s male cast members include 8 white men and 2 black men and there are no Asian cast members. This asks the question why do we insist on one demographic being represented over the others? The majority of SNL’s cast members are still white males.
January 29. 2014
During our conversations about stereotypes and “the tricksters’ attempts to point out these issues in class, I was reminded of a chat I had this summer with a co-worker. I had been on the fence about cutting my hair into a pixie-cut (very short and just above the ears) and had mentioned it in passing to him. Without missing a beat he replied, “You would look like such a lesbian.” I was appalled at this comment and even more so that this man had a very concrete image in his head of what apparently all homosexual females looks like. That comment from him actually gave me the push to go ahead and chop my hair off. I didn’t want him defining me or anyone based on what shape, length, or color our hair is.
A couple of months into loving my shorter locks, a friend of mine who is also a female and also has a pixie posted this article on Facebook with the caption “I want to shave my head on this guy’s lawn.” It takes my coworker’s insensitive comment to a whole new level. I am so thankful for the tricksters out there that can laugh off how blatantly cold and thoughtless these archaic views are.