Friday, February 22, 2019

Satire

Through the past decades people of color, men and women have been subjected to ideology that they are superior to another, black men and women are oftentimes based on the shade of their skin. It is commonly seen on social media, pictures of light skin vs. darkskin - at the bottom “Darkskins winning”, “ Darkskins ain’t got nothing on Light Skinned”,  “I want mixed babies” or “If only she was lighter”- etc with heart eye emojis next to it. The plague of colorism was invented by colonization of white men, commonly slave masters that gave lighter slaves better jobs, such as working in the kitchen, maids, or nannies - their darker sibling, cousin, mother, and or father worked in the harsh fields. As children, they grew up to know that depending on their complexion where they’d be placed in society.  Society still values this ideology today, with this societal biased on the rise, there has been an increasing number of fetish for one shade out of the spectrum of beauty.
More than not, many black men and women have experienced the murky and heavy effects of colorism. Daughters using lighter dolls to show a standard of eurocentric beauty-the darker dolls to be ugly and dirty. The concern during pregnancy, darker mothers rubbing their bellies thinking what will their child’s hair texture be like? Or their eye color, or skin? At the hospital their jaw drops when they receive a fair child with brown hair. As their child grows up, they pray they don't turn against them to lighter roots, and never to sep in the brown soil they were conceived in.
But my design will end this worry, and only provide the unbiased beauty of character. A guaranteed strategy to cure all the consequences of colonaztion and fetishzing. As a highly educated HBCU college professor, I have talked about colorism because, the dislike for shade isn't just black and white. Throughout the years, I have tried to be complacent, but the media shows no remorse or much change. We have tried to show all complexions are beautiful, but black children are still troubled- they look in mirror and say “I’ve always been black and ugly¨. It is repulsive to know how important skin color is in our society.  In my experience, I’ve known people to bleach their skin just to fit in, and feel beautiful. My idea might be the only way to save us from the chance of a race going to war within itself. We must start by temporarily going blind. This can be achieved with your God given limbs. I’ve tried it myself actually, my favorite method is using my thumb and finger pressing on the bone of the eye socket, soon you’ll be able to experience a perfect vision of beauty. There are several benefits of us going blind.
Firstly, you will have different mentality on life and your other senses will heighten- you and your friends  could  be in the same situation but have a different viewpoint because of how your mind  perceives it, instead of what your eyes see.
    Secondly, You can now walk around and actually learn a person’s personality, their goals, and interests. With this in mind everyone will benefit, especially your black male friend who offensively says the common cheer ¨I prefer Light Skinned girls¨.
    Thirdly, this should also give light to the issues other people of color face within themselves. No more race wars, like really imagine not having to debate about race issues in class without someone saying “Wow,  I really, like feel like… black people should work on black on black crime”.
Fourthly, If we temporarily blind ourselves we can just ignore the issues of colorism all together, and the close relationship it has with racism. By ignoring them, we will no longer have to worry about the damaging results.
Fifthly, This solution will create peace on earth, with colorism everywhere in the world people with temporary blindness will have a better appreciation of life, and truly seek what’s important like the bad taste of scum at the top of your tea.
But if all else fails, I have a solution that will help a bit more extensively, we can just permanently blind ourselves. Eventually we’ll adjust to colorless world, this I know will take time. I imagine the first year will be successful if we market wisely on the method of gas, gauging, or surgery. I can no way of failure.
This I promise is the only solution, like I previously said we have tried all methods to end the issue of colorism, but if someone comes with a better idea, I hope it works-but keep in mind colorism has created a division and will continue on a steady rate. POC will continuously feel insecure about the way people see their skin- from a handshake, conversation, or looking in the mirror. I have no other reason for blinding people but for them to appreciate each other, have better understanding of themselves, and the people around them.

Satire: The Simpsons


The Simpsons series, created by Matt Groening and the show focuses on satirizing the modern day American family. In this episode, originally from 2008 during the 2008 Presidential Election between John McCain and President Obama. Homer goes to the voting booth in an attempt to vote for President Obama, however, the machine malfunctions and counts the vote for McCain instead. As Homer realizes that machine is rigged, it suddenly sucks him in and harms Homer in the process. Homer tumbles out of the machine, unconscious and a man sticks an "I voted" sticker on his forehead. 


I think that the clip is satirizing the idea that the American electronic voting machines are rigged or flaws in the overall voting process.


There are multiple techniques used within the short clip to help convey the message:


  1. A parody was used to make fun of the voting machines in Ohio during the 2008 Presidential Election when the machines mysteriously switched votes from President Obama to John McCain. 
  2. Verbal irony is used when Homer says "I would like to vote for President, Governor, or anything else that will take money away from our parks and libraries" (The irony is that voting for someone is supposed to bring positive changes not negative ones). 
  3. Once again verbal irony/incongruity is used when Homer says "This doesn't happen in America! Maybe Ohio, but not in America!" (Ohio is in America!)

I think that this clip overall is an effective use of satire because it emphasized concerns that the American people had our voting system by using the Ohio incident as an example. In fact, people today still have the same concerns regarding electronic voting systems today as they did ten years ago, especially after the 2016 Presidential Election. Read more about it here.

The Simpsons Test the System

The Simpsons is a animated show that has been around almost my entire life and it has always been one of the most well known comedic shows on T.V. The Simpsons is also known for having meaningful undertones in some of their episodes. The Simpsons is a show that is placed in a town called Springfield and is focused on a pretty unorthodox father named Homer and his family. In the episode I am critiquing, the kids at Bart and Lisa’s school have to take a standardized test…


The makers of this episode use hyperbole to convey the point that standardized tests are a failed system of determining where people go in life and that they are very out date in today’s society. They do this by stating things that are true, but put a specific emphasis on things that they are mocking. For example, the teacher says when they are finished with the test, “Since we have an extra 15 minutes, we will sit forward and stare at the well.”







The purpose of the episode is deeper than making fun of standardized testing and really gets at the point that the tests should not be controlling where kids end up after high school. It also gets at the point that the tests are very outdated for the complex society we have today. This topic has been brought up in society for the past couple years because of the pressure put on these tests for high school students, when the tests get such a small part of a student’s persona.

Melanianade

In the video,  Melanianade, made by Saturday Night Live (SNL) Melania Trump (Cecily Strong), Ivanka Trump (Emily Blunt), Kellyanne Conway (Kate McKinnon), Omarosa (Sasheer Zamata) and Tiffany Trump (Vanessa Bayer) can no longer stand by Donald Trump's (Alec Baldwin) side. They all express their problems and what they're going to do. When Donald Trump comes in at the end and says, "The limo is ready. Let's go, you all look very nice, but let's go." All the women do not put up a fight and quickly follow him.
The women in the video employ understated satire as they say one thing about their feelings but their actions show the opposite of that. The video also uses parody as they use similar rhythms, scenes, and choreography to Beyoncé 's music video, LemonadeMelanianade is not just for humor but it also criticizes the women standing behind Donald Trump for staying with him. It also criticizes the actions of Donald Trump and that he leaves a path of destruction for people to clean up after him.

Whale You Don't Say

Whale Won't Shut Up About Time It Was Beached uses understatement to emphasize the seriousness of climate change specifically warming waters and sea level. The post understatement casually introduces a whale complaining about a beached whale thinking been there done that. The whale seems to be sick of the story because c'est la vie; he can't stand it. The annoyed friend of the beached whale says, “Christ, whenever someone even mentions the shore, the coast, sand, anything, he immediately chimes in with the same goddamn story about the time he got stranded out of the water for ‘a whole day," Obviously, to the peer whale, being beached doesn't mean shit nowadays. 

By taking this route of satire, the reader leaves feeling empathetic and guilty. The tone of the sassy whale adds the the understatement of the post. "We’ve all heard a million times that the only thing he could do was flap his tail and how it took 30 rescue workers to get him back into the ocean. Just give it a rest—anyone can be beached, okay? Big deal." The whales real life complaining does't leave the reader historical rather questionable. The sadness of how casual it is leaves the reader not feeling happy through comedy, rather guilty.  

Your Mother's Best Day of Her Life



Your mother's best day of her life was the day you were born. On May 12, 2018, Saturday Night Live  (SNL) celebrates Mother's day by sending out a lovely reminder to every mother of the best day of her life. The video begins with a mother's young son coming in with a Mother's Day breakfast he prepared "all by himself" and she expresses her love and appreciation for her son and his efforts. She expresses her love for him so ardently that she reveals that the best day of her life was the day he was born. The son, being a young curious child, asks questions such as "what was it like?" and "Were you scared?". The mother sweetly tells the story while recollecting on the magnificent day of her son's birth along with a few commentary by her husband in the background.

The most prominent satirical device used in the SNL skit was situational irony. The mother tells her son  that the day of his birth was "amazing", while that may be true after the fact, in the moment it was the complete opposite as observed in the flashback clips where she is screaming, crying, angry, etc. Situational irony is used throughout her responses and storytelling as seen throughout the several flashback clips after each of her responses to her son.

The overall message the video is conveying is that giving birth is not as beautiful and sweet as everyone says, nor is raising a child. The video is criticizing the human ability to easily take things for granted, such as mothers. Mother's completely commit themselves to the care and support of their child each and every day, to the extent that they will overexert themselves at times. It is important to show mother's the appreciation and love they absolutely deserve each and every day, but especially on Mother's Day.

The Popular Girls


Mean girls, a popular comedic film for high school students depicts the life of teenage Cady Heron, who was educated as a child in Africa by her brilliant scientist parents. When her family moves to the United States, Cady finally gets to experience public school. She quickly learns the cruel laws of popularity that divide her school into tight cliques and finds herself wound with a group of girls named "the Plastics" or the popular girls. At first this is exactly what Cady was looking for- to be one on the top- but she soon realizes how shallow her group of friends turns out to be. 

At first the movies uses a sense of irony because Cady joins the plastics to spy on them and get insider information. Eventually she gets caught up in their boy talk, designer clothing, and boy talk and becomes one of them. She becomes exactly what she was dreading to become, on her quest to gain popularity. Then it switches to satirical irony as emotional twists help Cady realize what she herself has turned into which calls for individuality and self respect among teenagers. Satire in this film is used to show that being yourself is important and clearly one should not work to become popular because it the end it will not benefit you. 

This film helps teenagers to realize that popularity is not necessarily a bad thing. It tells them not to work to be a certain part of a group but to be themselves. Although the film falsely portrays popular people it shows that when a person doesn't act like themselves or strives to be something that they are not it doesn't end up well. I think Mean Girls is a great example of an exaggerated version of what not to be and how not to act for others.

The video above shows the exclusiveness of the Plastics and how it is ironic that Cady even wants to become friends with them in the first place.  

Hidden Message

Although Keegan-Micheal Key and Jordan Peele's Comedy TV skits "Key and Peele" are generally seen as purely comedic, there can be some main ideas or arguments behind their skits. In the skit "Prepared for the Terries" there are two characters on a plane sitting next to a random man. The two characters who are together are typically dressed differently and have very strange looking hairstyles, as well as speak in a very strange way. The two main characters proceed to explain to the man sitting next to them that they are prepared for "terries" or terrorists.


The obvious satirical device used in this skit would be irony. This would be Irony because it is conveying a message by using an extreme situation as an example of the opposite of their argument, their argument clearly being that people that you may see as strange or different than you should not be stereotyped as dangerous or a threat. The use of irony for this skit allows Key and Peele to keep the comedy aspect of their skit while also portraying the deeper message of the skit. 

To go into depth about their argument, it can be said that their argument is that people who don't look like you are portrayed as a threat to your life or crazy. In this skit by Key and Peele, they portray strange looking people who talk and act pretty strange as well, telling a passenger next to them that they are "prepared for the terries" and how they plan to defend themselves from the terrorist. in doing this they bring a 3D printed gun and box opener onto the plane to defend themselves. But in doing this, they put the other passengers at risk and therefore portrays that people that don't look the same as other people are dangerous.   


The Boondocks and its Satirical Social Commentary

The short lived (in my opinion) eight year airing of the wildly popular adult animated sitcom, The Boondocks was one of the most blunt and straightforward television shows to air on American television channels. Aaron McGruder, an accomplished African American writer, producer, and screenwriter, amongst many other professions, used this platform to expose and critique American culture and a wide array of social and political issues. The sitcom, based off of his previously written comic strip of the same name, follows a family of three that consists of Huey Freeman, the shows protagonist and future revolutionary, Riley Freeman, an 8-year-old fanatic of rap culture, and their grandfather as they experience a sudden transformation of lifestyle after they moved from the South Side of Chicago to the Suburbs of Woodcrest.

Besides every episode having a great deal of comedic content, the satirical elements that gives this show a deeper meaning allows for a much needed glimpse into our own society and the wretched way it works. Most episodes of this sitcom integrates hyperbole in its exaggerated characters and parody of real life situations to its advantage to show how ridiculous some situations and some people in our society actually are. This clip of Uncle Ruckus, an African American male who himself hates African Americans, but shows the utmost respect and admiration of white people is one example of hyperbole and parody. The show uses Uncle Ruckus’ exaggerated nature to mirror the essence in which Pastor Manning, the American pastor of the ATLAH World Missionary Church, conducts his sermons and lives his actual life. Uncle Ruckus is supposed to be the most extreme example of what happens to people and their vision of self worth as a result of generations of African Americans being told that they are nothing compared to their white counterparts. He is showcased as the most extreme version of someone who has conformed and attempted to assimilate with their culture, but in the process builds up hatred for himself and people who look just like him. His beliefs in the scene above reflect the actions of Pastor Manning, as he often delivers sermons about how African Americans are no good. The show is obviously adding comedic effect to ridicule people like Manning and Ruckus who are ignoring their self worth as it address this pressing issues that are present in the black community.

Another example of parody is very apparent as the show mirrors an actual news segment about a young boy traveling down the wrong path, seen in the embedded video below. The clip shows the obvious parallels of the real life of Latarian Milton and their version of him, “Lamilton Taeshawn”. The show is imitating the real life of this young boy and his grandmother while also using understatement / verbal irony in their version of the news clip when his grandmother tries to defend him as she says “ See, you have to understand, all children his age love stealing cars and going on high speed chases" and “You have to understand, he really likes that fried chicken”, obviously lessening the significance of all the wrong doing this child has done. In fact, no 8-year-olds love to steal cars and go on high speed chases nor do they seriously injure their grandmother because she will not buy them fried chicken.




This show uses comedy to allow African Americans to see real life situation that involve us and our culture. It also allows allows us to see the many problematic situations in our community and how we respond to them. If we can see that these characters on television look ridiculous in the way they are living their lives, we can see how we need to change ourselves in our real lives.

The School Bully


In this key and peele skit, one school bully seems surprisingly "in touch" with his feelings. The bully confronts the kid he is picking on and then fully explains why he is picking on him and lets the kid in on all of his problems. This skit is kind of ironic because most bullies do the opposite, as in act all tough and scary, when this bully seems vulnerable while still trying to act like he is tough. The video comments on how society tends to excuse bullies from bad actions once they are give an excuse as to why they are doing this. 

I think this skit is an example of situational irony. In this skit, what you would expect to be happening when someone is being bullied is actually the opposite. You would expect that the bully be mean and hurtful towards the kid, but instead he lets out all his feelings and personal dilemmas to the kid. Society portrays bullies in a specific way but in this video he contradicts the way that bullies.

The skit ultimately criticizes the way that people view bullies in society. It portrays the bully as vulnerable and open to his issues which is not how society views bullies.

The Symbolism and Satire of "This is Ameria"

The music video of,"This is America", by Childish Gambino is packed with symbolism and satire as it deals with topics such as race, police brutality and gun violence within our nation.

The video begins with him dancing to the lyrics, "we just want to party", before he shoots a man playing a guitar with no remorse. Throughout the video, many extreme acts of violence targeting African Americans take place. This plays into our ongoing racial issues and injustices. Childish Gambino portrays "America" in his reckless manner and in his gun use throughout the video. His behavior represents the harsh reality of how violence affects communities and cultures within our nation. Later, an all-black choir is seen being gunned down by Gambino with an assault rifle. This scene portrays situational irony because the choir is initially seen dancing and singing an upbeat tune which creates a peaceful and powerful environment. But when Gambino brutally guns them down the peaceful environment is instantly destroyed.

After each of these scenes, Childish Gambino is seen walking away singing the lyrics, "This is America". His relaxed manner throughout the video exposes how America normalizes gun violence.




The Satire of "Atlanta"

One of the most popular comedies on network television right now is the FX series, "Atlanta". Atlanta is a show based around a group of three young men from Atlanta, trying to gain money and success through a gritty rapper named Paperboi. However, the shows is less about an actual rapper, and a more so a representation of what it is like to be black in America, just through the lens of a rapper. The show uses very small awkward interactions, mostly with micro-aggressions, to portray the experiences people have to deal with today. Atlanta contains a lot of irony and satire through its episodes, and the one I will be focusing on is entitled B.A.N.

B.A.N. is a parody sketch that Atlanta did following Paperboi going on a talk show to discuss his views on transgender people, much to his demise, because the host kept going at him and painting him to be a villain while making assumptions about him, saying that he "hates women". However, this is not the most important satire that happened in the episode. There are two ways "Atlanta" used satire so well in that episode, and it was through the commercials. In the episode, FX allowed "Atlanta" to make its own parody commercials, rather than letting the normal network commercials run, and those commercials were very important. One of the commercials was advertising Dodge, the car company. It portrayed a man driving around the city getting looks of awe from the passing pedestrians, and the slogan was "Dodge, make a statement without saying anything at all", but the part that was funny about it was when the driver of the Dodge had to stop to get gas. The commercial cut to a man saying that the driver had been cruising around the city for 2 weeks straight without exiting the vehicle, he would only stop to get gas. Then the camera cut to the driver in a frenzy filling up gas, because he didn't have any pants on. This is a hilarious form of satire showing that people will put all their time and money into investing in material products that don't really mean anything to them, just for reputation and acceptance, all while portraying a car commercial.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZS95Kcnhk7U

The second form of satire in this episode is another parody commercial involving a made up kids cereal. It was set in a cartoon format, mimicking Cocoa Puffs, where the crazy bird is trying to steal the cereal from the children. But in this one, they used a dog with a stereotypical African American male accent, trying to get the cereal from 3 African American children. The commercial starts of light-hearted and child friendly, but it takes a turn for the worse. The dog is about to get the cereal from a kid, until a police officer attacks him, and uses brute force to retrain him, telling him to "stop resisting" and pushing his knee into his neck, showing the police brutality that takes place in today's society. One of the children takes out his phone and begins filming the whole thing, while the other kids sit back in awe. While the dog is being restrained he is pleading to the officer saying "Man, I could be eating these kids, I'm just trying to get some goddamn cereal", and one of the kids follows up with, "Yeah man it's just cereal, he can have it", then the officer threatens the kids and makes them leave the situation as the commercial cuts away. This is an extremely powerful use of satire. One of them of course is the parody they used, setting it as a kids cereal commercial, but then they utilize dramatic irony, putting such adult ideas and serious, heavy topics where a light-hearted kids commercial is supposed to be taking place. The satire also says a lot about our society today. When the dog said he could be eating the kids, but he just wants some cereal, it shows how police will racially profile people for doing nothing serious, showing that people out there are doing way worse things, but police are using brute force on African Americans for something as silly as cereal. The fact that one of the kids took out his phones is also very telling of society today. We are now in a technology era, where everything is being recorded, and it is almost an allusion to how most of these interactions go down now. "Atlanta" is able to use satire in genius and powerful ways to portray important topics in today' society.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUKSGJcYwMM

Blogging Satire

The first blogging assignment (unless you choose the creative, original satire project) is to discuss a work of contemporary satire: a film, TV show, song, etc, from the last few years that uses humor to make a larger point about society.

Even though we have often discussed satire of the construction of gender or race, your example does not need to involve race or gender as its primary subject matter.

Your post should include the following:
1. A summary of the work of culture -- maybe including a link to a video or lyrics.
2. An analysis of how the work uses techniques of satire -- irony, hyperbole, understatement, and/or parody.
3. An analysis of how the work is not simply making fun of certain people or institutions but how the work is trying to criticize and ultimately change society.

Note that I'm asking you to do more than just #1 -- giving us an example.  You need to analyze and reflect on that example.

And remember to also comment on two of your classmates' posts as well.

Family Guy



Family guy is an animated sitcom created by Seth McFarland surrounding the Griffin Family. The creator, Mr. Macfarlane uses many techniques of satire to help break down many prevalent stereotypes in US doing so in a light hearted manner. From a parody of Star Wars or Stewie, a baby, taking over the world, family guy uses just about every satirical technique in the books and then a few. Family guy has broken just about every taboo; terrorism, pedophilia, god/Jesus, abortion, physical/mental disabilities, Transgenders and even AIDS along with just about every other racial stereotype, so why do people continue watching this show? There are two important things that the creators of family guy do so that they continue airing episodes twenty some years later. First and most importantly is they do not single out one group in particular but instead, they poke fun at many different (and many times) very taboo things. By doing this they are not marginalizing one specific group and instead make fun of human nature itself. I think what the show is really going after is the fact that we are all human; we make mistakes, we’re ignorant people, but at the end of the day we have to embrace this and learn to laugh more at ourselves for all our flaws and imperfections.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Absolutely No Way To Prevent This

The famous newspaper "The Onion" is known for creating unique articles that will make you cry from laughter. The best part? New ones are published daily! However, the one article that caught my eye is one that is republished at least two times a month. The article, "'No Way To Prevent This,' Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens" is published after every mass shooting in the United States. The only difference between each article are the number of people murdered and the place.

Even though this article is republished every few weeks, the great use of situational satire and understatement never fails to make me laugh. One would expect action to be taken when mass shooting occurs "regularly". The article highlights the issue on gun control policies and presents are nation as blind to how bad the issue actually is. The article interviews a citizen to represent the popular opinion of our nation that "sometimes these things just happen and there's nothing anyone can do to stop them". This pokes fun how there are obvious steps that our nation could take forth to solve this issue however no action has been taken. Instead of policy and change we give our thoughts and prayers and present ourselves as "hopeless".

The best part about the series, is that "The Onion" will not stop publishing this piece until the United States no longer has a gun violence problem. As of right now, looks like we will all be dying of old age sitting in our rocking chairs still laughing at the same article.

Diversity Day

In the hit show The Office all of the episodes are funny but most also have satirical value.  In most episodes, gender stereotypes are brought up, racism is prevalent and some office not so friendly jokes are being played usually on the coworkers that are part of a minority.  In The Office episode called Diversity Day, Micheal Scott (the boss) tries to bring everyone in the office together by defacing and making light of common stereotypes faced by minorities.  He wants everyone to put a different ethnicity, race or culture on their forehead and then have a partner talk to the person as if they were talking to the person of that ethnicity, race or culture.  Of course, the point of the exercise was to show that no matter the ethnicity, everyone in the office is themselves and can be talked to with equality.  However, things go aerie and the exercise turns into a racist fiasco. 




This episode is definitely one of the most funny ones in my book but also holds many racist stereotypes that we can actually learn from.  The clip does a fantastic job of highlighting every ethnicity's and cultures untrue assumptions that people make but while doing it in a funny manner.  This satire is very basic and we can see the absurdity of the employees and how they are acting but many of these assumptions can be seen in real life.  While Michael is talking to Kelly (the Indian lady) he is being extremely racist and then gets slapped for what he said.  While Dwight (the "Asian" guy) brings up how Pam is a bad driver because hes a woman and she is also "Jewish" so he says shalom and asks for a loan.  These are all common stereotypes and the office does a perfect job of making us feel surprised, aware and maybe even uncomfortable.  In the clip we can see examples of hyperbole and situational irony.  This clip is an example of a hyperbole because everything is blown out of proportion and Micheal has sort of a twisted and absurd way of bringing his co workers together regardless of their differences. It is ironic that Micheal would be a hero like Martin Luther King Junior and Stanley would "randomly" get the black card.  Overall this episode was funny based on making fun of people but it brought awareness to common stereotypes that are heard in our society and how they can be damaging or absurd.

Yay guns!

In the Saturday Night Live sketch about guns entitled "Guns" it shows a myriad of different people in different situations.  The theme is things that everyone can relate to and has experiences with things like love, family, and connection. The music behind it is soothing and puts you in a calm space, something typical of a calm positive ad for things or ideas that people should cherish and maintain. The last thing that it says everyone can share in is guns.  Making guns seem like something that is and should be present in everyday life and interactions, especially with those you love.
This ad is an example of situational irony.  In situations like those shown in this video, from a situation with a grandparent and there grandchild, to a dinner with your significant other to a party, guns are placed in each.  The gun is seen as a symbol of love and viewed extremely normally.  Of course as people know about guns they are absolutely not associated with these circumstances.  Guns, in reality, are violent, dangerous weapons that most people don't want near them.  The gun in this instance is an object that completely doesn't fit, but is viewed through a lens of normalcy. 

What this video is trying to show is that guns are so prevalent in our society and in a way they are "normalized." However this shouldn't be something that is okay or normal.  They are very dangerous and being found in places they shouldn't be, as in this video someone has it in their bed. As a society we need to realize how truly abnormal it would be for guns to be recognized in these circumstances, or any, for that matter.  It forces us to look at our laws and regulations and think, could this actually be the direction that something with as big a magnitude as guns is going. This satire was done well as it is funny to see people act so happily in situations with guns, but really, commenting on our countries problem with guns and that something needs to change. 

Not So Royal

It's not very difficult in today's world to find examples of satire. We live in a society where people constantly critique others as they try to defend why there way is the best. There are lots of great opinions and messages sent out through satires, and I found one of my favorites in the song "Royals" by Lorde.
Lorde makes it very clear that she isn't making music for the money and fame. In fact, she's actually criticizing the common lifestyle of those with loads of money and fame. Using mockery and hyperboles, she is able to speak her opinion that life isn't about materialistic things or status. In the hook, Lorde sings,

Jet planes, islands, tigers on a gold leash
We don't care, we aren't caught up in your love affair.

As she mocks tremendously rich people, she uses the hyperbole of "tigers on a gold leash." This is an extreme exaggeration of what rich people are like. It's very unrealistic, making it a quiet diss towards the wealthy and famous. Although I'm sure Lorde loves messing with the one percent and fellow celebrities, there are deeper meanings behind the lyrics of her song. By dismissing the actions and lifestyle of the obnoxious rich people, Lorde is also dismissing the popular conception that money and fame equates to happiness. After listing off a list of hyperboles referring to the rich, she sings,

That kind of lux just ain't for us
We crave a different kind of buzz.

This statement alone strengthens the message that happiness can be found elsewhere. The "buzz," referring to happiness, can be found in other areas than money and fame. Although Lorde's "Royals" can be claimed as ironic, due to her recent success and fame, it still spreads a great message to our society. She uses her experiences as a famous, rich celebrity, as well as her platform, to dismiss the idea that people need money and a high reputation to be happy. Hopefully, this message can continue to be spread, and more celebrities can reveal the realities of being famous.

Isn't it Romantic

***SPOILERS***

Isn’t it Romantic opens up with a shot of the main character, Natalie (Rebel Wilson), watching the movie Pretty Woman, and dreaming of getting married to a handsome man. However, her mom comes in and shoots down her dream saying, “Life’s not a fairy tale, girls like us don’t get that”. This comment sticks with her far into the future, as we can see when Natalie tells her best friend how fake rom-coms are by listing off all the cliches. This leads the audience to believe that maybe Natalie doesn’t even believe in love at all. That night as she was heading home from work, a man mugs her and as she is running away she hits her head on a pole, sending her into a coma.

When she wakes up, she is in a classic rom-com world that is full of the cliches she listed off at the beginning of the movie. For example, everything is beautiful. New York City is covered in flowers and there is a cupcake shop on every corner. Suddenly, every man looks at her and finds her beautiful, something she refused to believe to be true in the “real” world. She also ends up having a gay-best-friend named Danny who, in real life, is just her drug dealing next door neighbor. 

Throughout her stay in the rom-com world, Natalie’s interactions with all of the cheesy staples turn out to be hilarious for the audience. As a parody to a typical rom-com, Natalie hates being in this world where she can’t even swear to express her true emotions. As she explores the world, she only seems to run into more and more cliches that continue to drive her crazy, but there is still a driving storyline of how she will get out of this world.

To escape this world, she first thinks she needs to fall in love with the rich handsome man. Then believes she needs to fall in love with her guy-best-friend. In the end though, to get out of this roma-com world, she realizes she needs to love herself. This is the underlying message the movie sends that makes this rom-com distinct from others, and satirical.

Even though the movie is clearly satirical, the ending pushes against that. In the end she does get the guy she’s always wanted, and she gets the job she’s always wanted. Natalie clarifies that this is all because of her confidence, resulting from her new-found self love, but doesn’t that still make this movie a rom-com? If a rom-com cliche is having the girl and the guy end up together, and the movie ending assuming they’re going to live “happily ever after”, then this movie isn’t truly a parody because, in the end, it turns out to be like any other rom-com, even if there is an important message.

Whether you believe Isn’t it Romantic to be satire or not, I can attest that this movie really does make you think, even when you’re too busy laughing.

Pshhh Who Cares About the Environment When We've Got the BROTHER OF BILL NYE

In the satire “Oil Spills Actually Totally Good for Our Animals,” The Guardian employs the usage of parody and situational irony to mock the lack of action that is taken against environmental issues. The video is based on a traditional newscast accompanied by dramatic music, a newscaster, and rolling headlines such as “Polar Bears Hate the Environment. Need to be killed...”

The newscaster begins by introducing the oh-so-credible Doctor Andy Nye, brother of scientist Bill Nye. Through this association with the “wacko” children’s tv show scientist, the satire digs at the reliability of sources who negate the seriousness of oil spills.

Doctor Andy Nye argues that oil spills quicken the process of Darwinism. This justification of killing is completely ironic, for if we followed that same logic, drowning thousands of people in oil would simply be sparing the human race of the weak and inept. Andy Nye then goes on to say that animals who are drenched in oil are indeed better off than others, as oil makes them slick and quick in the water. In reality, there is scientific proof that oil degrades the insulating layer that protects fur-bearing animals. Therefore, the flawed logic of Doctor Andy Nye reaffirms the unreliability of those who are blinded by the mindset that all human action is progressive action.

By criticizing America’s response or rather lack thereof against our dying environment, this satire invokes scientists, politicians, and ordinary citizens to realign their priorities before the world we know and love succumbs to the destruction of mankind.