Perpetuating stereotypes: bannable?
January 13, 2009
The New York Assembly is considering legislation that would prevent underage gamers from buying video games that perpetuate racial stereotypes, reports Kotaku. Talk about unfairly targeting video games. We wonder if the NY Assembly is considering the same type of ban on music videos, rap songs, television shows, movies, et al. Or, how about setting up a task force to hit the streets and prevent people themselves from perpetuating stereotypes? Ticket bad Asian drivers, baggy-pants-wearing black teens, beer-drinking Germans, Camaro-driving southerners, vegan Californians, etc.
The very idea of restricting media based on its portrayal of certain characters is painfully ignoring the reality that individual groups perpetuate stereotypes on themselves every single day.