Brian Safi “That’s Gay”

Brian Safi’s “That’s Gay” videos and blog are to me, a stroke of genius. His sarcasm on important issues brings a fresh perspective to situations in the LGBT community. Specifically, this video targets the effects that portraying the gay community as evil has on people’s opinions. From a young age we are  filled with stereotypes in Disney movies. For example, stereotypes of the Middle East in Aladdin, Native Americans in Pochantos, and so on. Is it a mistake that the enemy in Disney movies portrays gay tendencies and the hero is strongly heterosexual? I think not. Unknowingly to many, these stereotypes are driven in to our brains and may be difficult to counter as children grow older. Associations are the hardest things to reverse. Brian Safi uses persuasive techniques and humor to convince the audience of his propositions. Do you think he does a good job convincing his audience? How does him being a part of the gay community provide a stronger sense of ethos, although he is not associated with Disney?

 

Erika Berg

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2 comments so far

  1. jenniferephillips on

    Erika,

    I think this is a really interesting video and idea in general. Something that I think is a MAJOR problem with the video is the presenter of these issues, the gay male featured. Something that we have talked about in my QS class is that the media always portrays gay men as flamboyant and comical, i.e. Jack from Will and Grace, Cameron from Modern Family, George from My Best Friend’s Wedding, etc. So even though this video is attempting to denounce the stereotypes that the media portrays, it is feeding into these stereotypes. The general idea is really interesting though. It could have been more effective with a gay male presenter who defies the stereotypes of the media.

    Jen Phillips

  2. cejsmith20 on

    I think that this post brings up a very important point about comedy, that comedy is a rhetoric unlike any other. It is the only rhetoric where you can use stereotypes about groups of people as logos, and maintain your ethos. However, even in comedy, there is an ethos line, and you are usually only allowed to make fun of your own self-identified group (unless you’re a minority, then you can often make fun of the majority)


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