Media Project: Miss America 2014

Posted on December 6, 2013 by

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photo credit: AgeOwns.com via photopin cc

Below is a link to my Prezi presentation which analyzes the crowning of Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri. The outrage and racist tweets that exploded from Twitter and the reactions she received caused one tweeter to respond saying, “Wow the hate that has come out since an Indian American won Miss America is sad. Guess we haven’t come far after all”. I explore the ideas of how identity is constructed, how people are grouped, consequences to those assumptions and defining a person in this specific case study as American, Muslim and Hindu.

http://prezi.com/feakdheeiall/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy

When asked about how the media portrays Muslims, this is how they responded…

“I have to rise above that. I always viewed myself as first and foremost American”, Nina says in response to the negative reactions.

Several news articles were collaborated and compiled into a single document. The priority of word or the frequency of the word in each reading corresponds to how big it is in the wordle you see here. Words such as racism, American, diversity, Muslim, Indian stick out when looking at this image.

Several news articles were collaborated and compiled into a single document. The priority of word or the frequency of the word in each reading corresponds to how big it is in the wordle you see here. Words such as racism, American, diversity, Muslim, and Indian stick out when looking at this image.

Check out REEL Bad Arabs

In this video how Hollywood portrays a certain group of people is analyzed. Stereotypes that rob an entire population of their identity and degrades Muslims in some of the most well known and viewed movies out on the market such as Aladdin, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Back to the Future. Slurs are made in these films and Arabs are the “butt of a cheap joke”. Movies even having nothing to do with the MiddleEast incorporate some sort of comic relief where a Muslim is the center of attention. These ideas are deep situated in history and are hard to counter. They are never seen as victims because they are denied this image and are dehumanized to make light of the situations they are put it. We have grown accustom to these ideas and now they are hard to break. The media has portrayed these ideas throughout the time frame we have grown up in and cast a giant shadow that is uncovered in the specific case of Miss America 2014.

And this tweeter notes the geographic differences of this uproar of Nina’s crowing

Map.pdf

Check out the Miss America website to learn more about Nina’s platform and other actions she is taking to promote cultural competency!

http://www.missamerica.org/news/press-releases.aspx?id=720

Sources

Lucas Jackson. A lot of People are very upset that an Indian-American Woman Won the

Miss America Pageant. Buzzfeed. (9/16/2013).

Maureen O’ Connor. Would Miss America’s skin be too Dark for Miss India? NY

Magazine. (9/18/2013). http://nymag.com/thecut/2013/09/miss-america-too-dark-

for-miss-india.html

Racist Twitter Backlash, Followed By (some) twitter apologies (video). Huffington post.

(9/16/2013). http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/16/miss-america-2014-win-

racist_n_3935800.html

Sarah Song. What does it mean to be an American? American Academy of Arts and

Sciences. (Spring 2009).

Yasmine Hafiz. Nina Davuluri’s Miss America 2014 Win Prompts Twitter Backlash

Against Indians, Muslims. Huffington Post. (9/16/2013).

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/16/nina-davuluri-miss-america-

religion_n_3934428.html

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