On Monday, to celebrate the official publication of Reality Bites Back, I blogged the launch of Reality Rehab with Dr. Jenn, a book trailer and satirical web series spoofing — and then liberating — reality TV’s stock characters through media literacy therapy.
Today, in Reality Rehab Webisode 2, “The Angry Black Woman” starts out as a screaming, cursing, threatening mess, just as so many women of color have been framed on Flavor of Love, The Apprentice, and America’s Next Top Model. But after intensive media literacy therapy, she explains how producers manipulated her persona–turns out, she’s actually a compassionate hospice nurse who never wanted Flav in the first place!
Watch the brilliant Allison Jones unpack one of reality TV’s most insidious forms of racial typecasting:
Close to 700 people have watched the trailer in the first day and a half, and it was picked up by the Vancouver Sun and half a dozen other Canadian news outlets. Blog it, tweet it, share it
on Facebook, Tumblr… let’s spread the laughs around:
And if you didn’t catch Colbert Report writer Cecilia Lederer star as the initially pathetic but ultimately empowered “Desperate Bachelorette” in Webisode 1, you’re totally missing out. (Much of her dialog was pulled from actual reality shows–check chapters one and eight of Reality Bites Back for proof!) Laugh as “The Desperate Bachelorette” gets deconstructed — then help her go viral!
Bios for Allison Jones, Cecilia Lederer, and all the Reality Rehab cast members and production team are here — where you’ll find each of seven new Reality Rehab webisodes as they go live. You can also subscribe to the YouTube channel for instant alerts to be the first to see the new videos.
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