I’m starting a running list of Asian/Asian American characters I come across on TV/Netflix and in movies. Some will be from 2017 because I’m playing catch up, but the majority of the list will be from 2018. Let’s see how many offensive stereotypes they can fit in this year…
I was recently talking to a friend and they were telling me about how Brazilian women are seen abroad. I knew the stereotypes of Brazil and Brazilian women, long before this conversation. Brazilian people in general are seen as being lazy (an overarching stereotype of Latin American people in general), but also being “spicy” and “foreign/exotic.” The whole country of Brazil is seen as one big beach party, or the Amazon rain forest. There’s no in between. As for gender, Brazilian women are seen as beautiful, but also sexually promiscuous/available. Men are also seen this way, as seen in most recently in Inside Out, where the mother has a day dream about a Brazilian helicopter pilot. He has a sexy accent, a half buttoned shirt, toned muscles, and a full head of hair. In addition, recently on the 3rd episode of season 11 of The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon comments on his Brazilian bikini line. This is funny because the stereotype for a man's bathing suit in Brazil, is a lot smaller than in the U.S. Sheldon doing anything "sexual" is the butt of the joke. They use Brazil as a way to mark him as sexually deviant.
24 year old English major and ESL Teacher. Currently living in Fortaleza, Brazil. Feminist and kill joy with a cause.