By inserting them into farcical scenario, we can then see that the stereotypes themselves are farcical, and then we can eschew them, all while laughing and amping up hope that Jim and Pam will end up together.
Uproxx has a great oral history of The Office’s “Diversity Day” episode, the one where Michael…
Jazmine Hughes
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First of all, let me just say that The Office is hands down my favorite show of all time, and “Diversity Day” just happens to be one my my favorite episodes. I recently reread Martin Luther King Jr’s, I Have a Dream speech, and to be completely honest whenever I think of MLK, the image of Michael Scott with his card on his head pops into my mind (I may have watched this show a few too many times). Anyways, I find humor to be a great way to bring up topics that may be hard to address. The episode does a phenomenal job of exposing the racial stereotypes as what they are. I think of Michael during that episode when he mocks Kelly through harsh and hurtful stereotypes, causing her to slap Michael across the face and walk out. I think we can all learn a valuable lesson from Kelly’s actions. When it comes to inappropriate racial jokes, we must (figuratively) slap the joke in the face and walk away. It is important for us to know our own worth and know that we are not defined by stereotypes. These issues should not be hid, but should be brought up and resolved. Stereotypes do not define who we are or in any way describe our character. The humor and light hearted tone of The Office provides a great outlet to talk about heavy topics. I hope that one day we can all be more like Kelly and stand against the racial stereotypes that haunt our society.

zach t power

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